Where are you from?
My parents emigrated from the former Soviet Union when I was four, and I grew up in Chelmsford, Massachusetts. I loved growing up in New England. I moved to Long Island to attend grad school and later moved to New York City, where I met my wife. We then moved to San Francisco, and after six years of missing the northeast and having four seasons, we moved back to Massachusetts.
Why do you think the Laboratory is a good fit for you?
Throughout my career, I've always enjoyed developing new technologies, and at the Laboratory I'm often working on several projects concurrently, so there is never a dull moment. We're constantly pushing the envelope on what is possible. We have a world-class fabrication toolset that allows us to innovate and bring ideas to reality without even leaving the building.
What aspects of your work do you take the most pride in?
I love the creativity around conceptualizing how to build a device. Combining all of the available building blocks of micro-fabrication allows us to create three-dimensional micro and nano-sized devices that route and control light inside a chip.