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Aaron Hawkins

Professor and Chair

Office: 460B EB


Aaron Hawkins earned the B.S. degree in Applied Physics from Caltech and the Ph.D. degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Before joining the faculty at BYU in 2002, he was a cofounder of Terabit Technology in Santa Barbara, California, and later worked as an engineer for CIENA and Intel. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and OSA. He has served as the Editor-in-Chief for the IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics and currently serves as the Vice President for Publications for the IEEE Photonics Society. In 2019, he won the Photonic Society’s Engineering Achievement Award. Dr. Hawkins has authored or coauthored over 400 technical papers and was the co-editor of the Optofluidics Handbook, a defining text on the new field of optofluidics. He also co-authored the textbook Practically Magic, A Guide to Electrical and Computer Engineering. At BYU, Dr. Hawkins directs the university's cleanroom facility and co-directs a flagship undergraduate research program called IMMERSE.

Dr. Hawkins is also an amazing writer. You can find his short stories at


See Dr. Hawkins' Curriculum Vitae or Publications Site for a complete list of his publications and conferences.