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Dr. Winnie Ye, P.Eng., SMIEEE
Canada Research Chair
Associate Professor
Department of Electronics
1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6
Tel: (613) 520 2600 x8395
Fax: (613) 520 5708
winnie_ye AT carleton.ca

Positions Available!
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Welcome to the Silicon Micro/NanoPhotonics Group!

Dr. Winnie Ye is a Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Nano-scale IC Design for Reliable Opto-Electronics and Sensors. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Electronics at Carleton University. Her expertise is in silicon photonics and its applications in biophotonics, telecommunications, and renewable energy. Dr. Ye received her B.Eng. degree in Electrical Engineering from Carleton University. She then studied Photonics and received her M.A.Sc. and Ph.D degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Toronto and Carleton University, respectively. After working with the Silicon Photonics/Optoelectronics team at the National Research Council (NRC) during her Ph.D. program, she joined Prof. Lionel Kimerling's laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Prof. Kenneth Crozier's laboratory at the Harvard University as a NSERC postdoctoral fellow to work on opto-electronic integration and silicon nanofabrication. Dr. Ye returned to Canada in 2009. She is the recipient of the Early Researcher Award (ERA) from the Ministry of Innovation Ontario in 2012, and the Research Achievement Award from Carleton University in 2013. She has also been the Chair of the IEEE Women in Engineering (WiE) Ottawa Chapter since 2012.

Research interests:

Silicon-based micro- and nano-photonics and applications in 4 key application areas: telecommunications, data communications, sensing, and solar photovoltaics:

More details can be found at the link to my Research page.


  • February 13, 2018 - Dr. Ye's 4th year project on LIDAR was selected to received $500 from the Capstone Design Project Fund (Faculty of Engineering, Carleton University).
  • November 20, 2017 - Dr. Ye is elected as the Chair of the Optical Society (OSA)'s Optoelectronics Technical Group (2018-2021).
  • October 27, 2017 - The IEEE Women-in-Engineering Ottawa Chapter is the winner of the 2017 Outstanding Affinity Group of the Year Award, presented by the IEEE Ottawa Section.
  • September 8, 2017 - Prof. Ye's research on airborne toxins is featured by NSERC.
  • August 30, 2017 - Congratulations to David Lister for representing Team Canada to compete at the WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 this October in the Mechanical CADD contest.
  • May 23, 2017 - Inivted seminar talk on "Silicon Photonics" to the IEEE Electron Devices Society (EDS) Vancouver Chapter, Vancouver, BC.
  • Apr 27, 2017 - a panelist to the Ask Women Anything: STEM Panel Discussion
  • Apr 2016 - Our aircraft cabin air quality sensor project with Specific Range Solutions (SRS) is featured in the April 2016 issue of the Kanata Networker (pg. 13).
  • Aug 26, 2015 - The IEEE Photonics Society Ottawa Section Chapter is the winner of the 2015 IEEE Photonics Society Chapter of the Year Award.
  • Jul 1, 2015 - Dr. Ye was elected as the Vice Chair of the IEEE Photonics Society Ottawa Section Chapter.
  • May 6, 2015 - Yule Xiong has won the prestigious "2014 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad""
  • Feb 2015 - Editorial Board Member for Scientific Reports, a journal from Nature Publishing Group, the publishers of Nature.
  • Jan 2015 - NSERC Strategic Projects Selection Panel – Information and Communications Technologies (2015-2018)
  • Dec 4, 2014 - Bryce Dorin and Dr. Ye are featured in the CMC Newsletter "Canada’s international leadership and research excellence in silicon photonics: Tackling demanding challenges"
  • Dec 12, 2014 - Congratulatoins to the brand new PhD in the group - Dr. Yule Xiong!
  • Dec 10, 2014 - Owen Marsh won the 3rd place for Department of Electronic's Teaching Assistance Award
  • Oct 1, 2014 - Dusan Gostimirovic, Shuyu Ding, Owen Marsh, and Yao Sun won the Ed Ireland Engineering Award
  • Aug 30, 2014 - Bryce Dorin won Nature Photonics' Best Student Oral Presentation at the IEEE group IV Photonics (GFP'14) conference, Paris, France.
  • July 1, 2014 - Received $150,000 from NSERC-RTI program for the Micro/NanoPhotonics Lab.
  • June 10, 2014 - Congratulations to Bryce Dorin on winning a Senate Medal for his outstanding graduate thesis.
  • April 1, 2014 - Bryce Dorin won the 2013-2014 Graduate Student Open Access Award..
  • March 28, 2014 - Dr. Ye has her Canada Research Chair (Tier II) renewed for a 2nd term.
  • Dec 6, 2013 - Yule Xiong received the David and Rachel Epstein Foundation Scholarship.
  • Oct 13, 2013 - Team Ontario (Max St-Jacques and Chris Pasco) won the 1st Place for the Engineering Contest of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon
  • Jun 5, 2013 - Ali Aleali wins the Best Student Presentation on the "Photonic theory, design and simulation" session at the SPIE Photonics North conference
  • May 22, 2013 - Ali Aleali, Yule Xiong, and Adam Bottomley won the SPIE Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship! - Carleton News here: congratulations to Adam, Ali and Yule!!
  • Mar 1, 2013 - Dusan Gostimirovic, Yule Xiong, and Yao Sun won the Ed Ireland Engineering Award
  • Jan 6, 2013 - Dr. Ye wins Carleton University Research Excellence Award
  • Nov 26, 2012 - Marc successfully passed his M.A.Sc. thesis defence - Congratulations, Marc!
  • Nov 20, 2012 - Dr. Ye was invited to speak at the IEEE Joint Seminar on Photonics, organized by IEEE WIE, Photonics Society, ComSoc, BTS and CES Ottawa Joint Chapters, IEEE Canada Area East, IEEE Ottawa Section Gold, and Carleton University SPIE Student Chapter
  • Oct 17, 2012 - Dr. Ye received IEEE Senior Member (SMIEEE) grade
  • Sep 1, 2012 - Bryce Dorin won the Queen Elizabeth II Scholarship!
  • May 31, 2012 - Dr. Ye becomes the Chair of the IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) Ottawa Chapter
  • May 14, 2012 - Abdulhak Nagy won the 2012 IEEE Canada Foundation Scholarship
  • Apr 30, 2012 - Dr. Ye won MRI\'s Early Researcher Award.
  • Mar 30, 2012 - Martin Friedl won the IPP CERN Undergraduate Summer Research Award
  • Mar 15, 2012 - Dr. Ye is invited to speak at the IEEE Student Professional Awareness Conference (SPAC)
  • Feb 21, 2012 - Congratulations to Simon Mack on winning his NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA)
  • Feb 27, 2012 - Abdulhak Nagy won $1000 in the Innovative Idea Essay Competition!! - Congratulations to your creative writing!
  • Feb 23, 2012 - Dr. Ye is invited to speak at the Microwave Photonics Seminar Series organized by IEEE Ottawa Section Antennas and Propagation Society and Microwave Theory & Techniques Society (AP / MTT) Joint Chapter, IEEE Photonics Society Ottawa Chapter (LEOS), and IEEE Ottawa Section (OS) on Silicon photonics
  • Feb 9, 2012 - Abdulhak Nagy won the I-CUREUS Award - congratulations!
  • Jan 12, 2012 - Dr. Ye involved in the Huawei-TELUS Innovation Centre for Enterprise Cloud Services
  • Dec 2011 - Abdulhak Nagy won the 2011 IEEE Richard E. Merwin Student Scholarship
  • Oct 11, 2011 - Yule Xiong and Martin Friedl won Ed Ireland Award for Engineering - Congratulations, Yule and Martin!
  • May 19, 2011 - Marc Ibrahim won the 2nd prize on his poster presentation at the Canadian Institute for Photonic Innovations (CIPI) Annual General Meeting
  • May 3, 2011 - Dr. Ye won the New Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award!
  • Apr 21, 2011 - Congratulations to Martin Friedl, Jeremy Miller, and Michael Sawires on winning NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA)
  • Feb 16, 2011 - Invited speaker for the "Beyond Engineering" Seminar Series, organized by the IEEE Ottawa Section
  • Jan 18, 2010 - Marc Ibrahim and Andrew Tam won Ed Ireland Award for Engineering
  • Oct 10, 2010 - Interview "So What Do I Do with a Ph.D., Anyway?" , published on Optics and Photonics News, Vol. 21, Issue 10, pp. 42-45 (2010).
  • Oct 8, 2010 - Dr. Ye Wins Technology Exploitation and Networking (TEN) Collaboration Grant from the Canadian Institute for Photonic Innovations (CIPI)
  • Sep 1, 2010 - Yule Xiong wins the 2010 President's Doctoral Fellowship
  • Aug 4, 2010 - Invited keynote speaker for the International Conference on Nanotechnology, organized by International Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology (ASET)
  • Apr 23, 2010 - Dr. Ye received the CFI equipment grant
  • Mar 8, 2010 - Kibru Goshu wins Ed Ireland Award for Engineering *Congratulations, Kibru!
  • Sep 23, 2009 - Dr. Ye's Canada Research Chair announcement