Hongwei is a Ph.D. student in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at University of California, Santa Barbara. She received her master’s degree from the Institute of Semiconductors, Chinese Academy of Sciences (Beijing, China) in 2011. Prior to that, she completed her undergraduate studies at Huazhong University of Science and Technology (Wuhan, China), with a BEng in electronics in 2008. She is interested in silicon photonics with emerging materials (such as graphene, indium tin oxide), and compound semiconductor photonic integrated circuits. Her current research is focused on InP-based photonic integrated circuits for free space communications.