Current Positions

Assistant Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering Department

Assistant Professor
Physics and Astronomy Department

Assistant Professor
Informatics Initiative @ University of Iowa (UI3)

Center for Computer Aided Design (CCAD) 

Optical Science and Technology Center (OSTC)

Affiliate Member
Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center - Experimental Therapeutics Program

Lead Editor - SPIE Special Section Guest Editorial: Tandem Junction Solar Cells

Associate Editor for the SPIE Journal of Photonics for Energy 


Lead Editor - OSA Biomedical Optics Express Journal Special Feature Mid-infrared lasers for medical applications

Lead Editor - OSA Applied Optics Journal Special Feature Near- to mid-IR (1–13 μm) III-V semiconductor lasers

Chair - OSA Laser Systems Technical Group

Technical Group Development Chair on the OSA Board of Meetings


Co-founder, VP of Laser Technology Development at Firefly Photonics LLC


Advisor at Advanced Silicon Group



Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, Princeton University, 2009
M.A. Electrical Engineering, Princeton University, 2006
B.S. Double Major in Physics and Engineering Science, Smith College, 2004

PDF iconCV as of November 2017


Professor Fatima (pronounced: Faa-teh-maa) Toor is an Assistant Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department with secondary appointments at the Physics and Astronomy department, the Informatics Initiative (UI3) Cluster, Center for Computer Aided Design (CCAD), and the Optical Science and Technology Center (OSTC) at the University of Iowa. She is also an affiliate member of the University of Iowa Holden Cancer Center - Experimental Therapeutics program. Dr. Toor is the Vice President of Laser Technology Development at an Iowa-based startup, Firefly Photonics LLC, which is developing mid-infrared lasers and LEDs for medical and security applications. She is also an Advisor for a Massachusetts-based startup, Advanced Silicon Group, which is developing low-cost silicon-based optoelectronic devices, including biosensors for cancer biomarker detection. Her current research involves the design, fabrication, and testing of innovative photonic devices for applications in the health, environment, and energy industries. Prior to UIowa, she was a Research Analyst at Lux Research, a multinational technical advisory firm, where she helped global clients – Innovation 1000 corporations, leading institutional investors, utilities, and public policy makers – make better strategic decisions and monitor the ever changing global solar market. At Lux her primary role was to help her clients build their innovation pipeline by evaluating startups in the solar industry. She traveled to the EU, China, Japan, and South Korea during this time to visit clients on-site and present at international conferences. Before joining Lux, Dr. Toor was a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Silicon Materials and Devices group at the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL). While at NREL, Dr. Toor improved on the previous best efficiency of nanoporous black crystalline silicon solar cells, a technology that was patented. During her undergraduate years, Dr. Toor interned for two summers at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Laboratory working in a Class 100 cleanroom on process optimization of crystalline silicon microelectronics fabrication and nanoimprint lithography.


Dr. Toor obtained her Ph.D. and M.A. in electrical engineering from Princeton University where she developed spectrally high performing (4-wavelength; time and wavelength multiplexed; single mode) InGaAs/InAlAs/InP based mid-infrared wavelength quantum cascade lasers (QCLs). While at Princeton, she also minored in physics and Science Technology and Environmental Policy (STEP) from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. She received her B.S. degree with a double major in engineering sciences and physics from Smith College. Dr. Toor is a member of American Physical Society (APS), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Optical Society of America (OSA), SPIE the international society for optics and photonics, American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS), and Sigma Xi Research Honors Society. Dr. Toor has published in many peer-reviewed scientific journals, presented at various scientific conferences and received several awards for academic excellence.


Professor Toor as a Student Researcher, Glimpses from the Past

NSF-MIRTHE Center, Princeton University

Smith College (Electronics Lab)
Smith College (Hearing Research Lab) 
Recent Glimpses of Research in the Toor Lab


Professor Toor's interview is posted on the OSA Stories website (search:"Toor")