Group Members

N’Gom Research Group @ RPI

Principal Investigator

Professor Moussa N’Gom was born and raised in Dakar, Senegal. He came to the US after high school:

  • -BS Physics/EECS University of Wisconsin — Milwaukee (1999). 
  • Optical Engineer, Corning Incorporated
  • Ph.D. Applied Physics – University of Michigan — Ann Arbor (2009)
  • Research Scientist: Institute for Defense Analyses in DC
  • Senior Research Scientist Corning Incorporated 
  • Visiting associate research Scientist, Center for Ultrafast Optical Science — University of Michigan 
  • Assistant Professor of Physics, RPI (2018)


Postdoctoral Researcher

Dr. Pascal Bassène
  • I was born and raised in Casamance, Senegal. I came to Dakar for High school.
  • License/Master 1 University Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar (2010). 
  • Master 1&2  University Pierre and Marie Curie (UPMC/Paris/France) 
  •  (Fundamental Physics & Materials Science and Nano-objects (SMNO)) (2013)
  • Ph.D. Applied Physics – University Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar (2019)
  • Visiting associate research Scientist, Institut des NanoSciences de Paris (INSP/UPMC) (2016-2019). 
  • Postdoc Associate Researcher, RPI (2020)

Graduate Students

Finn Buldt

I am a German-American Physics graduate student here at RPI. Born in Germany but completed high school as well as my bachelors in the US, which included a year studying in Japan. My research interests are in the domain of optics, more specifically nonlinear and quantum optics. Outside of the lab, I enjoy running, hiking, and rock climbing.


Phillip Heitert

I am a graduate student studying physics at RPI, originally from Oklahoma. I attended the University of Oklahoma for my undergraduate studies, receiving dual degrees in Physics and Mathematics. I am interested in studying optics, focused more on applications of quantum nonlinear optics.  Aside from school and research, I love music and camping.


 Saad Bin Ali Reza

I am a graduate student at the department of Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering here at RPI. Born and raised in Dhaka, Bangladesh. I have completed my undergraduate degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. I am interested in researching in the fields of Optics and Photonics. Besides my academic interests, I also love music and astronomy.


Nazifa Rumman

I grew up in Bangladesh and came to the US after completing my undergraduate studies in Electrical Engineering. Before joining RPI as a PhD student, I got my Master’s degree in ECE from Baylor University, Texas. My research interests are primarily in the area of optoelectronics, light-matter interaction and their biomedical applications. Besides school, study, and research I like learning about different culture and language. I also love food and like to try new recipes which at times makes me loose hope for my inner chef.


Tianhong Wang

I am an international student from China. I speak Chinese and a little bit Japanese besides English. I enjoy watching anime and reading light novels in my leisure time


Joseph Daafour

I am a graduate student studying physics at RPI. I was born and raised in Accra, Ghana. I completed my undergraduate degree in Materials Science and Engineering. My research interest lies in the field of optics, more specifically light-matter interactions. I love music (playing the piano) and also soccer.


Viet Tran

I am a graduate student in the Physics Department from Hanoi, Vietnam. I first came to the United States as an undergraduate of Howard University. I am interested in optics, especially computational optics. As for hobbies, I like history and mythology.


Undergraduate Student(s)

Kaitlin Jennings

I am an undergraduate student at RPI studying Physics and Mathematics.  I am from upstate New York, and I have lived in a few parts of the state.  My research interests include optics, particularly light-matter interactions, and hopefully using physics to help people.  Outside of the lab I enjoy playing tennis, reading, and painting.


Former Members

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