Avik graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur in 2011, with a B. Tech 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. 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. 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. Besides engineering and science, he enjoys reading fiction and playing the piano.