Carl Poitras

Carl Poitras

Electrical and Computer Engineering
Phillips Hall, Room 404
Senior Research Associate
Electrical and Computer Engineering


Carl Poitras is a Senior Research Associate (since 2011) and Lecturer (since 2013) in ECE at Cornell. He teaches a variety of courses in the department including ECE 3250 (Mathematics of Signals and Systems), ECE 3100 (Introduction to Probability), ECE 3400 (ECE Practice and Design), ECE 4370 (Fiber and Integrated Optics), and ECE 4110 (Random Signals in Communications & Signal processing), with new courses soon, and is involved with his research.
Carl received his B. Sc. Summa Cum Laude in Physics from the University of Québec in Montréal in 1998, a M. Sc. in Telecommunications from the National Institute for Scientific Research (INRS) also in Montréal in 2001, a M. Sc. in ECE from Cornell University in 2004 and a Ph.D. also from Cornell in 2006. From the time Carl joined Cornell in 2001 until fall 2014, he held a key role in the development and growth the highly active nanophotonics group (Michal Lipson) that was at Cornell with advising and mentoring students of all levels, research development and implementation and grant writing.

Research Interests

Carl’s research interests have been with multi-platform photonics (silicon, silicon nitride, silicon oxynitride and others) with applications ranging from passive and active photonic devices (modulators, carrier extraction) to photonic integration with fibers (trench and grating couplers) to quantum dot photonics, among others. Recently, Carl’s research interests recently moved to more theoretical studies of electromagnetism-related phenomena for various applications.