Michal Lipson

2010 Regional Award Winner — Faculty

Michal Lipson

Current Position:
Higgins Professor of Electrical Engineering

Columbia University (Previously at Cornell University)

Electrical Engineering


Michal Lipson is one of the pioneers in the field of silicon photonics and is the inventor of several of the critical building blocks in the field including the gigahertz silicon modulator. She holds over 20 patents and is the author of over 200 technical papers. Dr. Lipson held several leadership positions in the scientific community, including, IEEE Photonics Society board of directors membership, co-organized numerous symposia and sessions in The Optical Society (OSA) conferences. She served on numerous committees including the Micro and Nanophotonics Subcommittee of CLEO, which she chaired 2006-2009. Michal Lipson has served as a topical editor (integrated photonics) for Optics Letters and served as a guest editor for IEEE Journal of Selected Topics of Electronics. She is currently serving on the board of directors for two international photonics centers, two startup companies and on the Rice ECE Advancement Committee.

Dr. Lipson is a co-founder of PicoLuz, a company specializing in nonlinear silicon photonic components. Professor Lipson's honors and awards include the MacArthur Fellowship, Blavatnik Award, IBM Faculty Award, and the NSF Early Career Award. She is a Fellow of OSA and IEEE. In 2014, she was named by Thomson Reuters as a top 1% highly cited researcher in the field of Physics.

In the Media: 

The Genius of Michal Lipson. Fusion. Sept. 12, 2014
Defying physics, engineers prove a magnetic field for light. Cornell Chronicle. Sept. 10, 2014