PhD Student Daniel Shahar Wins Prestigious Fellowship

by Allison Kleber

Second-year ECE PhD student Daniel Shahar has been awarded a prestigious and highly selective 2022 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF). This fellowship provides three years of financial support, including tuition, fees, and a  monthly stipend. In addition, it sets him among the ranks of, in the NSF’s words, “an elite group of fellows who have gone on to distinguished careers in STEM or STEM education.”

Under the guidance of advisor and PI Siddharth Ramachandran, Daniel’s research centers on quantum properties of twisted light; a cutting-edge area of study which has already proven fruitful, leading to applications in telecommunications and microscopy. With the NSF’s support, Daniel’s goal is to advance this budding field via “the development of high-dimensional bright quantum sources, spatial mode entanglement, and high-dimensional quantum information processing.”

Daniel received his B.S. in Physics, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, and Mathematics from the University of Florida in 2020.