Dr. Ahmed Sharkawy, Chief Operating Officer
Dr. Sharkawy is Chief Operating Officer at Phase Sensitive Innovations (PSI), responsible for overseeing the day-to-day administrative and operational functions of the company, with focus on developing programs to support PSI’s strategic direction, as well as creating and managing long term goals. In addition to developing budgets and operating plans for programs and writing program funding proposals. His experience spans both the technical and the commercial aspects of photonic and RF products, having led activities in many areas, including technology and product development, maintaining compliance with contractual government requirements. These activities have contributed to many successful businesses.
Prior to Joining PSI, he was CTO, and co-founder of Lumilant. At Lumilant he primarily focused on developing disruptive photonic solutions for DATACOM, SATCOM, and TELECOM for military and commercial markets. Dr. Sharkawy is the author or coauthor of 12 US Patents and over 70 journal and refereed conference publications. He served as a Senior Research and Development Engineer at W.L. Gore and Associates and was also a member of the High Data Rate Signal Transmission (HDRST) Team, and further investigated various signal integrity issues of multiconductor transmission lines. Shortly after receiving his PhD in 2002, he joined EM Photonics as a senior engineer focusing on developing Bio-Optic Synthetic Systems (BOSS), chip-scale optical interconnect for next generation optically interconnected FPGA’s and reconfigurable optical interconnects, developing ultra-high-resolution chip-scale nanoprobes for optical data storage applications, and developing a chip-scale optical analog to digital converters. In 2006, he led the nanophotonic division as the director for photonic applications, and in 2008 he served as the Vice President of Photonic Applications.
Dr. Sharkawy has received his Ph.D. from the University of Delaware where he worked on the Design and analysis of photonic crystal devices for next generation telecommunication systems, under the supervision of Dr. Prather. In 2018 he completed a contract formation and administration from George Mason University and is currently working toward a master’s degree in government Contracting.