Professor, Chair, Department of Physics, Director of Nanophotonics Research Laboratory (NRL), American University in Cairo


Mohamed Swillam received his PhD from McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada, in 2008. After graduation, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the same group. In October 2009, he joined the Department of Physics and the Institute of Optical Sciences at the University of Toronto, where he works as a research fellow. In September 2011, he was appointed as an assistant professor at the Department of Physics, The American University in Cairo (AUC). He is now a Professor at the Department of Physics at AUC. His research interests mainly focus on nanophysics with emphasis on design optimization and fabrication of active and passive nanophotonic and plasmonic devices and systems, silicon photonics, optical interconnects, integrated on-chip optical systems, lab-on-chip, nano-antenna, metamaterials, and solar cells. The main applications include biomedical systems, energy harvesting, and telecommunications. He authored more than 350 technical papers in highly-ranked journals and conferences. He also holds twenty-five patents, a book, and a book chapter in these areas.
Swillam worked as a research scientist at ASML, USA and a technical consultant for different US high tech companies. He is a member of the editorial board of many physics and photonics journals.
Swillam currently holds a few national and international grants in the area of energy and sensing applications, on-chip devices for telecommunications, with a total value of more than $3 million.
Swillam received various awards and fellowships, including the AUC Research and Creative Endeavors Award (2017), an early career award from the applied computational electromagnetic society and IEEE (2016), the state award for advanced technology in 2013 and Misr-Elkhair best publication award in science in 2012, Ontario Ministry of Research (MRI) fellowship in 2011. He is also the recipient of the best student paper award from IEEE/LEOS Ottawa section for Photonics North 2007 and from ACES 2009.