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Chembo, Yanne

Chembo, Yanne

Associate Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Institute for Research in Electronics & Applied Physics
1201F Energy Research Facility


  • Ph.D., Photonics, University of the Balearic Islands, Palma de Mallorca, Spain), 2006
  • Ph.D., Nonlinear Dynamics, University of Yaounde 1, Cameroon, 2006


Professor Yanne Chembo joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in January 2019, with a joint appointment in the Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics (IREAP).   Prior to joining the UMD Faculty, he was a Research Director at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS). There, he led a research group focused on the exploration of nonlinear, quantum and stochastic phenomena in optoelectronics, microwave photonics, and laser physics.

In 2006, Chembo received a PhD degree in photonics from the University of the Balearic Islands (Palma de Mallorca, Spain), and independently, a PhD degree in nonlinear dynamics from the University of Yaounde I (Cameroon).

In 2007 and 2008, he was a postdoctoral fellow with the FEMTO-ST Institute in Besançon, France. In 2009, he was a NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) Fellow at the Quantum Science and Technology Group of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Caltech (Pasadena, California, USA). From 2010 to 2016, he worked for CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) in France, with affiliation to the FEMTO-ST Institute where he founded and led the Microwave Photonics Group for Aerospace and Communication Engineering. In 2017, he joined the Georgia Tech-CNRS International Joint Laboratory in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. He has co-authored more than 150 articles in refereed international journals and international conference proceedings.

He was a member of the Committee for Regional Development of the International Commission for Optics (ICO) from 2014 to 2017, an Associate Vice-President for the IEEE Photonics Society Membership Council (2016-2019), and was he a board member of the organization commitee for the UNESCO International Year of Light (IYL 2015). He currently serves as Associate Editor for the OSA journal Optics Express.


  • Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA)
  • Fellow of the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE)

Google Scholar

  • Nonlinear, quantum and stochastic phenomena in optoelectronics, microwave photonics, and laser physics
  • Applications to aerospace systems, optical communications, time-frequency metrology, signal detection and sensors


ECE Names 2019-2020 Distinguished Dissertation Fellows

Das, Demertziz, Nguyen, and Zou have been selected as ECE Distinguished Dissertation Fellows for 2019-20.

Professor Yanne K. Chembo named 2020 Optical Society Fellow

Yanne K. Chembo has been recognized for contributions to the field of microwave photonic systems for aerospace and communication engineering.

Chembo Published in APS Reviews of Modern Physics

The review explores the complexity inherent to optoelectronic oscillators, as well as their impact in modern science and technology.

Yanne K. Chembo Named Fellow of SPIE

Prof. Chembo is being recognized for his achievements in ultra-stable microwave photonics oscillators.

ECE Welcomes New Faculty Member Yanne K. Chembo

Prof. Chembo’s research interests include nonlinear and stochastic dynamics, quantum optics, laser physics, and information theory.

Other professional society fellows

Optical Society of America (OSA)

The International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE)