Meet the Collaboration Team Members


  • Jamal Mustafa is currently employed as an optoelectronics device engineer. Jamal has a background in physics, with a PhD in condensed matter physics. He is especially interested in open-source software development and has contributed to several projects while in graduate school, and beyond.

  • Cyrus Bry is a photonics researcher and engineer, specializing in laser applications and quantum technologies at The Aerospace Corporation. He studied physics at UC Santa Barbara with a focus in astrophysics before moving into the quantum realm. His main contributions to the Photonics Project are in content and web development, as well as aspects of creative design for the site. Click Here to learn more about Cyrus Bry or to get into contact with him.

  • Minh Nguyen is a Senior Scientist in the Sensors and Electronics Laboratory at HRL Laboratories in Malibu California. Nguyen has over 15 years of focused experience in developing and managing multiples research projects on Antimonide-based infrared detectors and imagers, spanning from the Visible/Short wave infrared through the very long wave infrared bands. His expertise includes device modeling/design, epitaxial growth, device fabrication and testing. Nguyen has authored/co-authored six book chapters, more than 80 technical papers with over 3700 citations and an h-index of 37.

  • Ryan Devitt (aka Umbukla) is a Senior student at Santa Ynez High School who plans on going on to UC Santa Barbara after SBCC. He has an interest in computer science and space travel and hopes to have a career based in those areas. He placed first overall in the Santa Barbara Science Fair and has competed at the California State finals twice.

  • Chris Berger has been an engineer since 2006. He earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from New Mexico State University in 2006, an MS in Optical Science from the University of Arizona in 2011, and a graduate certificate in Nanoscale Materials Science from Stanford University in 2013. He is certified as a Six Sigma Green Belt by Arizona State University. Chris Berger’s contributions can be seen on the Calculators Page.

  • Zach Korth is an Engineering Physicist & Test Group Manager at Senseeker Engineering Inc., leading provider of state-of-the-art readouts and other specialty ICs. Former graduate researcher at LIGO, where he contributed to the first detection of gravitational waves. [Read More]


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