Northwestern University Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

Center for Photonic Communication and Computing


Prof. Prem Kumar Prof. Prem Kumar

Prem Kumar is a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Northwestern University. He joined the EECS department in 1986. He is the director of the Center for Photonic Communication and Computing. Prior to Northwestern, he was a staff scientist at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory and a research scientist at the Research Laboratory of Electronics at MIT. He has authored over 275 papers and has supervised 19 Ph.D. students and 17 M.S. students. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA), Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), and Fellow of the Institute of Physics (IoP). Prem received his B.Sc. from the University of Delhi, Delhi, India, in 1974. He received his M.Sc. from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India, in 1976. He received his Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo, in 1980.

Research interests:

Optical communications, in particular, novel optical amplifiers and devices for terabits per second fiber-optic communications; quantum fiber-optics, in particular, generation and distribution of quantum entanglement over the fiber channel and quantum cryptography over fiber lines; nonlinear and quantum optics, in particular, applications of novel states of light such as squeezed and twin-beam states.

Personal website:

Detailed information about Prof. Kumar's research can be obtained from his EECS webpage.