Let's make light-based technology

Jorge A. Holguín-Lerma is a Ph.D. Student in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at the KAUST Photonics Lab. He holds an M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering (KAUST, Saudi Arabia, 2016), and a college degree in Electromedical Engineering (ULSA Chihuahua, Mexico, 2012). Before joining KAUST he worked as Component Engineer at Honeywell.

Jorge has authored and co-authored 40+ journal papers and conference presentations. He has served as a technical referee for the journals Light: Science & Applications (Springer Nature), Applied Optics (OSA), Optics Letters (OSA), Optics Express (OSA), Photonics Journal (IEEE), Photonics Technology Letters (PTL), and Superlattices & Microstructures (Elsevier).  He has served as the President of the KAUST OSA Student Chapter and he is a student member of SPIE, IEEE Photonics Society, and OSA. Jorge's recent outreach activities have directly impacted 350+ people in 6 countries with one-to-one engagement, public talks, and more.

Research Interests

Jorge's research interests include semiconductor laser diodes, superluminescent diodes, and their applications.







Education Profile

2016-present Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, KAUST, Saudi Arabia.

2014-2016 M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering, KAUST, Saudi Arabia.

2008-2012 Degree in Electromedical Engineering, ULSA Chihuahua, Mexico.

Awards and Distinctions

  • 2020 IEEE Photonics Society Graduate Student Scholarship. USA, 2020.
  • 2019 Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship by the SPIE. USA, 2019.​
  • KAUST Fellowship for Graduate Studies. Saudi Arabia, 2014 and 2016.
  • Saint John Baptist De La Salle Medal, Class of 2012. Highest student distinction in ULSA Chihuahua. Mexico, 2013.
  • Gold Medal B on the XVII Mexican Chemistry Olympiad. Mexico, 2008.
  • Children’s Knowledge Olympics 2001-2002. Meeting with the President of Mexico. Mexican Government Scholarship. Mexico, 2002.

Selected Publications

Jorge A. Holguin-Lerma, Tien Khee Ng, and Boon S. Ooi, "Narrow-line InGaN/GaN green laser diode with high-order distributed-feedback (DFB) surface grating", Applied Physics Express, 12(4), 042007, (2019).DOI: 10.7567/1882-0786/ab0a57HDL: 10754/631775
Semiconductor Today research highlight: " Distributed feed-back gratings for indium gallium nitride laser diodes " (2019).
Abdullah A. Alatawi, Jorge A. Holguin-Lerma, Chun Hong Kang, Chao Shen, Ram Chandra Subedi, Abdulrahman M. Albadri, Ahmed Y. Alyamani, Tien Khee Ng, and Boon S. Ooi, "High-power blue superluminescent diode for high CRI lighting and high-speed visible light communication", Optics Express, 26(20), 26355-26364 (2018).DOI: 10.1364/OE.26.026355HDL: 10754/628856
KAUST Discovery research highlight: " Brighter blue lights for faster communication " (2018).
M. S. Alias, M. Tangi, J. A. Holguín-Lerma, E. Stegenburgs, A. A. Alatawi, I. Ashry, R. C. Subedi, D. Priante, M. K. Shakfa, T. K. Ng, B. S. Ooi. “Review of nanophotonics approaches using nanostructures and nanofabrication for III-nitrides ultraviolet photonic devices.” Journal of Nanophotonics, 2018.