Avik graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur in 2011, with a Bachelors in Electronics and Electrical Communication Engineering. As a part of his B. Tech dissertation, he carried out research on capillary optical fibers and their applications in attaining large mode area and in designing tunable fiber couplers. Currently pursuing a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Cornell Nanophotonics Group, Avik is interested in light-matter interactions and in the physics and application of photonic structures, especially in quantum optics. His research accomplishments include the development of the first on-chip squeezed quantum light source using a four-wave mixing parametric oscillator, and the first single-chip microresonator dual comb source for fast, real-time spectroscopy. Avik has previously worked on quantum tunneling through smooth double barriers during his undergrad years. In the summer of 2010, he investigated optical forces near photonic crystal slabs at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He enjoys volunteering for science outreach, open science and open data, editing Wikipedia, and working on diversity and inclusion initiatives in the city.