Posted February 15, 2012 Atlanta, GA
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Damien Rontani received the Supélec Foundation Prize for his Ph.D. research entitled "Communication with Chaotic Optoelectronic Systems - Cryptography and Multiplexing." Now an alumnus of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), he was the first student to complete the dual Ph.D. program between Georgia Tech and Supélec and graduated in December 2011 in Atlanta.
Dr. Rontani's advisors were David Citrin (ECE at Georgia Tech and Georgia Tech-Lorraine) and Marc Sciamanna (Supélec). His research consisted of studying complex behaviors emerging in optoelectronic components. Chaotic behaviors exhibit noise-like features, thus making them highly desirable for private communications at the physical layer of networks, and also for the generation of random numbers used in various fields, such as computer simulations or the generation of binary keys for cryptographic applications.
After graduation, Dr. Rontani began work as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Physics at Duke University.
About the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
The School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) is one of eight schools and departments in the College of Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. All ECE undergraduate and graduate programs are in the top 10 of the most recent college rankings by U.S. News & World Report. Over 2,500 students are enrolled in the School’s graduate and undergraduate programs, and in the last academic year, 723 degrees were awarded.
Over 110 ECE faculty members are involved in 11 areas of research, education, and commercialization – bioengineering, computer systems and software, digital signal processing, electric power, electromagnetics, electronic design and applications, microsystems, optics and photonics, systems and controls, telecommunications, and VLSI systems and digital design.
About the Georgia Institute of Technology
The Georgia Institute of Technology is one of the world's premier research universities. Ranked seventh among U.S. News & World Report's top public universities and the eighth best engineering and information technology university in the world by Shanghai Jiao Tong University's Academic Ranking of World Universities, Georgia Tech’s more than 20,000 students are enrolled in its Colleges of Architecture, Computing, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Business, and Sciences. Tech is among the nation's top producers of women and minority engineers. The Institute offers research opportunities to both undergraduate and graduate students and is home to more than 100 interdisciplinary units plus the Georgia Tech Research Institute.