Erica Lively
Erica Lively, Ph.D., P.E.
Senior Managing Engineer
Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
  • Menlo Park

Dr. Lively’s experience covers the areas of optical telecommunication systems and devices, semiconductor devices, and nano-fabrication tools and processes. She specializes in the design, simulation, fabrication, and characterization of optoelectronic devices. In her thesis work, Dr. Lively studied the integration of nano-scale patterned metals into photonic integrated circuits. She developed distributed Bragg reflector (DBR) lasers with metal grating mirrors for the future miniaturization of photonic devices. Dr. Lively also developed a novel fabrication process to fabricate laser grating mirrors that was used to make the first hybrid silicon evanescent laser and the most highly-functional photonic integrated circuit fabricated in 2010.

She is skilled at designing optical and electronic test setups and has experience simulating passive, active, and lossy materials using finite-difference time-domain and finite element simulation methods.

In addition to her technical work, Dr. Lively has focused on addressing issues surrounding technology from an interdisciplinary perspective. As a Science Policy Fellow at the National Academy of Engineering, she participated in studies to improve healthcare through the implementation of systems engineering tools. She has also studied the issues and implications related to media framing of emerging nanotechnologies through the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at UC, Santa Barbara.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2012
  • M.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2007
  • B.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Idaho, 2005
  • The National Academies Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellowship, 2011

    UCSB Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Dissertation Fellowship, 2010

    Center for Nanotechnology and Society Science Fellow, 2006–2010

    NASA Space Grant Scholar, 2002–2005

    Micron Scholar, 2003–2005

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Professional Electrical Engineer, California, #20909

Publications

Nguyen KN, Garcia JM, Lively E, Poulsen H, Baney DM, Blumenthal DJ. Homodyne dual-quadrature coherent receiver with injection-locked monolithically integrated local oscillator. Optical Fiber Communication Conference, OW3G, 2012.

Lively E, Conroy M, Weaver DA, Bimber B. News media frame novel technologies in a familiar way: Nanotechnology, applications, and progress. Social Life of Nanotechnology, 2012.

Nguyen KN, Garcia JM, Lively E, Poulsen HN, Bainey DM, Blumenthal DJ. Monolithically integrated dual quadrature receiver on InP with 30nm tunableSG-DBR local oscillator. ECOC, 2011.

Nguyen KN, Skahan PJ, Garcia JM, Lively E, Poulsen HN, Bainey DM, and Blumenthal DJ. Monolithically integrated dual quadrature receiver on InP with 30nm tunable local oscillator. Optics Express 2011; 19:26.

Nicholes SC, Mašanovic ML, Jevremovic B, Lively E, Coldren LA, Blumenthal DJ. An 8x8 InP Monolithic Tunable Optical Router (MOTOR) packet forwarding chip. IEEE Journal of Lightwave Technology 2010; 28(4):641–650.

Nicholes SC, Mašanovic ML, Jevremovic B, Lively E, Coldren LA, Blumenthal DJ. Large-scale photonic integration for advanced all-optical routing functions. Invited paper, Integrated Photonics Research, Silicon and Nano Photonics, 2010.

Nicholes SC, Mašanovic ML, Jevremovic B, Lively E, Coldren LA, Blumenthal DJ. Integration technologies for an 8x8 InP-based monolithic tunable optical router with 40Gb/s line rate per port. Invited paper, International Conference on Indium Phosphide & Related Materials, 2010.

Nicholes SC, Mašanovic ML, Jevremovic B, Lively E, Coldren LA, Blumenthal DJ. The world’s first InP 8x8 Monolithic Tunable Optical Router (MOTOR) operating at 40 Gbps line rate per port. Paper presented at post-deadline session of Optical Fiber Communication Conference, PDPB1, 2009.

Lively E, Barton JS, Blumenthal DJ. Novel fabrication of sub-wavelength high aspect ratio metal/dielectric gratings on InP semiconductor platforms. Integrated Photonics and Nanophotonics Research and Applications, IWB2, 2009.

Weaver DA, Lively E, Bimber B. Searching for a frame: News media tell the story of technological progress, risk, and regulation. Science Communication 2009; 31(2):139–166.

Liang D, Fang AW, Chen H-W, Sysak MN, Koch BR, Lively E, Raday O, Kuo Y-H, Jones R, Bowers JE. Hybrid silicon evanescent approach to optical interconnects. Applied Physics A: Materials Science & Processing 2009; 95(4):1045–1057.

Fang AW, Koch BR, Lively E, Blumenthal DJ, Bowers JE. Distributed feedback and mode locked silicon evanescent lasers. Solid State Devices and Materials, 2008.

Fang AW, Koch BR, Jones R, Lively E, Liang D, Kuo Y-H, Bowers JE. A distributed bragg reflector silicon evanescent laser. IEEE Group IV Photonics, 2008.

Fang AW, Koch BR, Jones R, Lively E, Liang D, Kuo Y-H, Bowers JE. A distributed Bragg reflector silicon evanescent laser. IEEE Photonics Technology Letters 2008; 20(20):1667–1669.

Lively E, Blumenthal DJ. Simulation of sub-wavelength metal gratings for on-chip applications in optical communications. Slow and Fast Light, SMC6, 2008.

Fang AW, Lively E, Kuo Y-H, Liang D, Bowers JE. A distributed feedback silicon evanescent laser. Optics Express 2008; 16(7):4413–4419.

Fang AW, Lively E, Kuo Y-H, Liang D, Bowers JE. Distributed feedback silicon evanescent laser. OFC/NFOEC, presented at post-deadline session of Optical Fiber Communication Conference, PDP15, 2008.

Professional Affiliations

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Optical Society of America

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2012
  • M.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2007
  • B.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Idaho, 2005
  • The National Academies Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellowship, 2011

    UCSB Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Dissertation Fellowship, 2010

    Center for Nanotechnology and Society Science Fellow, 2006–2010

    NASA Space Grant Scholar, 2002–2005

    Micron Scholar, 2003–2005

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Professional Electrical Engineer, California, #20909