Dr. Mohammed Zahed Mustafa Khan

BSc, Osmania University, India, 2001
MSc, KFUPM, Saudi Arabia, 2004
PhD, ​KAUST, 2013

Where are you now?

I am awaiting a couple of teaching and research oriented job offers.  

Why did you choose KAUST?

King's vision, rich environment, and a chance to get involved in starting up an institution attracted me to join KAUST.

How did KAUST help you to achieve your career objectives so far?

Establishing our Photonics Laboratory was a unique and rare experience that I have gained staying in KAUST which non other institute would expose students to. I came from a basic theoretical research background, and the first two years of intensive and engaging hard-work set pace for my transition to the applied experimental research for the next two years. A blend of both theoretical and experimental experience has transformed me into a excellent researcher. 

What is your research topic?

I developed novel semiconductor based lasers and light emitting diodes for energy efficient internet and mobile phone connectivity, apart from its application in cross disciplinary fields of bio-sensing, medical tomography, atmospheric metrology, etc. 

What were your research accomplishments at KAUST?

My PhD work resulted in 26 publication with 8 internationally ranked high impact peer-reviewed journals such as Optics Express, Optics Letters, Applied Physics Letters, etc, and 18 internationally renowned conference publications (Conference on Laser and Electro-Optics (CLEO), SPIE-Photonics-West, IEEE Photonics Conference (IPC)) which includes 4 invited talks, 2 best student paper award (oral category) and 2 shortlisted finalist for best student paper award (oral category). 

What do you think about the KAUST environment and social life?

I was pleased with the various multi-cultural social activities arranged for our diverse KAUST community, which helped me in coping up with my social and professional life. I was able to spend time on my research while my family could enjoy the hospitality of the “KAUSTian” community".