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From Kiev to Kettering

From Kiev to Kettering

Feb 3, 2004

Yuri Sikorski, assistant professor of Applied Physics, joined Kettering's Science and Mathematics Dept. in January.

Yuri Sikorski, assistant professor of Applied Physics, joined Kettering's Science and Mathematics Dept. in January. He comes to Kettering from the University of Toledo, where he taught Physics and Photonics courses. In addition, he worked in Detroit for the Investment Management Group of Bank One. His research focuses on integrated photonics and fiber optics, and in recent years he worked at several start-up technologies firms, including Qusion Technologies of Princeton, N.J., Nanovation Technologies of Northville, Mich., and Cirrex Corp. of Atlanta, Ga.

Currently, Sikorski teaches Physics 114: Newtonian Mechanics and Physics 499: Fiber Optics. Sikorski holds a master's degree in Radio Physics from Kiev State University located in his hometown of Kiev, Ukraine (part of the former Soviet Republic), as well as another master's degree and Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Toledo. A few examples of his co-authored research publications include "Loss in a Rectangular Optical Waveguide Induced by a Crossing Waveguide," which appeared in Optics and Laser Technology Journal (2002) and "Analyses of Crosstalk between Single Mode Rectangular Optical Waveguide," published in Optical Engineering (2000) and "Optical waveguide amplifier in Nd-doped glass written with near-IR femtosecond laser pulses," published in Electronics Letters (2000).

Sikorski said he learned of Kettering by attending a conference at the University and through his travels to Michigan. He has a brother who lives in Lansing, Mich., and numerous friends who live in Ann Arbor. When he decided to look for tenure track positions, he researched Kettering and saw several faculty vacancies in the Science and Mathematics Dept., which prompted him to apply. During the screening process, he gave a guest lecture to a class. "I was very impressed with the students and their level of maturity," he explained. "Throughout the whole interview process, I had a very positive impression of the faculty, students and the school in general."

Outside of Kettering, Sikorski enjoys a number of hobbies, including traveling, exercising, family-related activities, reading and movies. He and his wife, Lena, have two children: Anthony, 3, and Katherine, four months. They live in Grand Blanc, Mich.