Education & Employment History


  • Stanford University PhD, Electrical Engineering 1981
  • Stanford University MS, Mathematics 1980
  • Stanford University MS, Electrical Engineering 1978
  • Arya Mehr University (Iran) BS, Electrical Engineering 1977

Doctoral Dissertation

Statistics of Noise in Photodetection: Applications in Magneto­optical Recording
Thesis Advisor: Professor Joseph W. Goodman, Stanford University

Employment History

  • University of Arizona, College of Optical Sciences, Chair of Optical Data Storage, 2002 – present; Professor 1991-present, Associate Professor 1988-91
  • National Taiwan Univ. Visiting Chair Professor (Department of Physics) (Sabbatical, February 1-July 31, 2010)
  • Boston University, Associate Professor, 1986-88 (Electrical Engineering)
    Assistant Professor, 1982-86
  • Stanford University Post Doctoral Fellow 1981-82 (Electrical Engineering)
  • Xerox Palo Alto Research Center Consultant 1981-82
  • Xerox Research Center of Canada Member of Research Staff 1980-81

Other Professional Activities

  • Founder and President, MM Research, Inc. (, Tucson, Arizona,1995-present; developing and marketing simulation software for the optics industry
  • Chief Optical Scientist, Capella Corp., 2001-02 (on 50% leave from University of Arizona).
  • Consultant to optics industry (Atonarp, Calimetrics, Data General, DataPlay, Digital Equipment Corp., DiscoVision, Energy Conversion Devices, General Electric,  Hewlett-Packard, Hitachi-Maxell, IBM, Imation, Intel, Kodak, Komag, Korea Institute of Science and Technology, LG Electronics, Matsushita, MaxOptix, NanoChip, Oculus, Quinta, Read/Rite, Ricoh, Samsung, Seagate, Sony, TeraStore)