Aju Jugessur hails from the tropical island of Mauritius, somewhere in the middle of the Indian Ocean. He received a Ph.D. degree in Optoelectronics, Electronic engineering, with a focus on Nanofabrication, from the University of Glasgow, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at McGill University. His expertise is in the area of photonic devices, nanolithography, and nanofabrication. He was a Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto, where he spearheaded the establishment and development of a state-of-the-art Nanolithography Facility. He has introduced several courses on micro- and nano-fabrication and developed the first online real-time labs course in this area. He founded and directed the University of Iowa Microfabrication Facility from 2012 to 2018. He is a Senior Member of IEEE.
Tomoko Borsa was born in Tokyo, Japan and completed a BS and MS at Waseda University, where she was exposed to the field of scanning electron microscopy for the first time. She then earned a Ph.D. in Materials Science with an emphasis on Chemistry of Materials from Colorado School of Mines. She also received an MS in Electrical Engineering (Photonics and Nanostructures) from University of Colorado Boulder. She also has extensive experience in the area of micro/nanofabrication including electron beam lithography and related process development.