Mable Fok, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

NSF CAREER Award Recipient

Telephone: 706-542-2473


iSTEM 1 | Rm 1040-A (Office) Rm 1032 (lab)
302 East Campus Road
Athens, Georgia 30602
United States

Mable Fok, an associate professor in the College of Engineering, introduces students to state-of-the-art technologies as well as basic knowledge to lay the foundation for breakthroughs in research. Dr. Fok is the director of the Lightwave and Microwave Photonics Laboratory. Her recent research interest is on microwave photonics devices and systems, hybrid photonic-neuromorphic signal processing, and fiber optics sensor for biomedical, robotics and civil engineering. Dr. Fok has published over 160 journal and conference papers, including 18 invited papers. She is a contributing author of the book Optical switches Materials and Design, Woodhead Publishing Limited, 2010. Learn more about Dr. Fok's teaching and research in Focus on Faculty.


Ph.D., Electronic Engineering, Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), 2007
M.E., Electronic Engineering, Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), 2004 
B.S., Electronic Engineering, Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), 2002 

Professional Appointments

  • Associate Professor, University of Georgia College of Engineering, 2017 - present
  • Assistant Professor, University of Georgia College of Engineering, 2012 - present
  • Research Associate, Princeton University, 2007 - 2012

Other Professional Experience

  • Engineer Trainee, ASM Assembly Automation Ltd., 2000 - 2001

Areas of Specialty

  • Photonics and fiber-optics
  • Bio- and neural-inspired photonics
  • Microwave photonics
  • Soft robotics design and fabrication
  • Fiber optic sensing
  • Fiber optic-based monitoring in agricultural engineering
  • Physical layer network security
  • Photonic signal processing and optical communications

Publications and Scholarly Articles

Google Scholar


Stretchable fiber optic sensor
U.S. Patent 10,989,865

Ultra High-Speed Photonics based Radio Frequency Switch 
U.S. Patent 10,587,938

Photonics based Tunable Multiband Microwave Filter 
U.S. Patent 10,547,280

Continuously Tunable and Highly Reconfigurable Multiband RF Filter 
U.S. Patent 10,541,661

Photonic Implementation of Jamming Avoidance Response
U.S. Patent 10,432,304


Lightwave and Microwave Photonics Laboratory