Boon S. Ooi

Principal Investigator
Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, KAUST  
Fellow of the U.S. National Academy of Inventors (NAI) 
Fellow of The Optical Society (OSA)  |  Fellow of the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE)  |  Fellow of the Institute of Physics (London)​​


Boon S. Ooi is a Professor of Electrical Engineering at KAUST. He is also the Director of KACST - Technology Innovation Center (TIC) for Solid-State Lighting. Professor Ooi received the B.Eng. and Ph.D. degrees in electronics and electrical engineering from the University of Glasgow (Scotland, U.K) in 1992 and 1994, respectively. He joined KAUST from Lehigh University (Pennsylvania, USA) where he held an Associate Professor position and headed the Photonics and Semiconductor Nanostructure Laboratory. In the U.S., his research was primarily funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Department of Defense and the Army Research Office. In KSA, major funding support for his research is from King Abdulaziz City for Science & Technology (KACST), Saudi Aramco, SABIC, Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF), and the U.S. Office of Navy Research-Global (ONR).

His research is primarily concerned with the study of semiconductor lasers and photonic integrated circuits. Specifically, he has contributed significantly to the development of practical technologies for semiconductor photonics integrated circuits and the development of novel broadband semiconductor lasers, multiple-wavelength lasers, and superluminescent diodes. Most recently, he focuses his research on the areas of GaN-based nanostructures and lasers for applications such as solid-state lighting and visible light communications.

He has given many lectures, seminars and invited talks at universities, research institutions, and international conferences. He has been the organizing chair for several IEEE, OSA and MRS conferences, and served on the technical program committee of CLEO, IPC, and IEDM. He was an associate editor of IEEE Photonics Journal from 2009-2015. Presently, he serves as Senior Editor of IEEE Photonics Journal, and Associate Editor of OSA Optics Express and SPIE Journal of Nanophotonics​​.

In KSA, he has founded the IEEE Photonics Society Western Saudi Arabia Chapter and been serving as the Chapter Chair since 2010. He has also been serving in the executive board member of IEEE Western Saudi Arabia Section since 2010.

Dr. Ooi is a Fellow of the U.S. National Academy of Inventors (NAI), the Optical Society of America (OSA), the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE), and the Institute of Physics (London).

KAUST Affiliations

Computer, Electrical, and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering | Electrical Engineering