Islam Ashry is currently a Research Scientist at Photonics Laboratory in the Division of Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Sciences & Engineering (CEMSE) at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). He earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering and M.S. in Engineering Physics at Alexandria University, Egypt, in 2003 and 2007, respectively. In December 2012, he earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at Virginia Tech, USA, with a research focus on investigating the modification of spontaneous emission using layer-by-layer self-assembly. Before joining KAUST, he employed as a Senior Research Associate at the Center for Photonics Technology, Virginia Tech, to develop large scale fiber optical sensing networks with high sensitivity. Dr. Ashry has published around 30 journal/conference papers and he has served as a reviewer for various IEEE/OSA journals.

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Research Interests

Fiber optical sensors, plasmon sensing, fluorescence dynamics, computational electrodynamics, nanomaterials, and optical communications.

Selected Publications

  • Islam Ashry, Anbo Wang, and Yong Xu, “Mode-based reconstruction of chemical distributions in optical fibers," Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics. 5600609, 23, 2017.
  • Chalongrat Daengngam, Ishac Kandas, Islam Ashry, Anbo Wang, James R. Heflin, and Yong Xu, “Fabrication and characterization of periodically patterned silica fiber structures for enhanced second-order nonlinearity," Optics Express. 10473, 25, 2017.
  • Peng Lu, Islam Ashry, and Yong Xu, “Adaptive mode control for few-mode fiber-based sensors and sensor networks," Journal of Lightwave Technology, 3562, 35, 2016.
  • Islam Ashry, Peng Lu, and Yong Xu, “Adaptive mode control in few mode fibers and its applications," Proceeding SPIE, August 25, 2016.
  • Islam Ashry, Anbo Wang, and Yong Xu, “Mode-division-multiplexing of absorption-based fiber optical sensors," Optics Express. 5186, 24, 2016.
  • Amr M. Mahros, Marwa M. Tharwat, and Islam Ashry, “Investigating the characteristics of TM-pass/TE-stop polarizer designed using plasmonic nanostructures," Applied Optics. 4464, 54, 2015.
  • Islam Ashry, Ali Elrashidi, Marwa M. Tharwat, Yong Xu, and Amr M. Mahros, “Investigating the optical transmission spectra of plasmonic spherical nano-hole arrays," Plasmonics. 511, 10, 2015.
  • Islam Ashry, Baigang Zhang, Moataz Bellah Khalifa, Joseph Calderone, Webster Santos, James R. Heflin, Hans Robinson, and Yong Xu, “Fluorescence lifetime based characterization of active and tunable plasmonic nanostructures," Optics Express. 20720, 22, 2014.
  • Islam Ashry, Ishac Kandas, Xiangyu Wei, Joseph A. Calderone, Baigang Zhang, Hans D. Robinson, James R. Heflin, Webster L. Santos, and Yong Xu, “The impact of lithography on the fluorescence dynamics of self-assembled fluorophores," Optics Express. 12935, 22, 2014.
  • Marwa M. Tharwat, Islam Ashry, Ali Elrashidi, and Amr Mahros, “A study of green wavelength-division multiplexed optical communication systems using cascaded fiber Bragg grating," Optical Fiber Technology. 467, 20, 2014.
  • Ishac Kandas, Baigang Zhang, Chalongrat Daengngam, Islam Ashry, Chih-Yu Jao, Hans D. Robinson, James R. Heflin, Lan Yang, and Yong Xu, “High quality factor silica microspheres functionalized with self-assembled nanomaterials," Optics Express. 20601, 21, 2013.
  • Islam Ashry, Baigang Zhang, Stefan V. Stoianov, Chalongrat Daengngam, James R. Heflin, Hans D. Robinson, and Yong Xu, “Probing the photonic density of states using layer-by-layer self-assembly," Optics Letters. 1835, 37, 2012​.

Education Profile

  • Doctor of Philosophy: 2009 – 2012, Virginia Tech, USA. Major: Electrical Engineering.
  • Master of Science: 2005 – 2008, University of Alexandria, Egypt. Major: Physical Engineering.
  • Bachelor of Science: 1998 – 2003, University of Alexandria, Egypt. Major: Electrical Engineering.

Awards and Distinctions

  • Distinction Award, Alexandria University, Egypt, 2001-2003

Professional Memberships

  • Senior Member of IEEE​