Professor Aleksandar Rakić is Associate Dean, External Engagement for the Faculty.

The Associate Dean (External Engagement) is a broad role including the strategic leadership of international partnerships and student recruitment activities, the Faculty’s Advancement portfolio, as well as representing the University with a range of partner organisations and individuals.

Aleks was appointed to Professor with the School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering in 2016.  In addition to his teaching and research role, Professor Rakić has served as the Director for International Development within the School of ITEE since 2010.  In this role, he has lead and developed the strategic management of the School’s international sphere. With Aleks’ leadership the School’s international intake increased substantially. 

Researcher biography

Aleksandar D. Rakić leads the Photonics and Microwave Engineering group at The University of Queensland focusing on the development of technologies for sensing and imaging across the electromagnetic spectrum including microwave, terahertz wave and optical systems.

Professor Rakić's research focuses on the principles of laser feedback interferometry with semiconductor lasers, and on the application of these principles to imaging and sensing. Rakić group pioneered the development of several world's first laser-feedback interferometric sensors including systems based on monolithic Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Laser arrays (VCSELs), blue-green lasers, terahertz quantum cascade lasers and mid-infrared interband cascade lasers.

His current focus is on the development of sensing and imaging systems exploiting the THz spectrum for applications from security and defence to in vivo biomedical imaging. His other principal contributions relate to the design and characterization of surface-emitting optoelectronic devices (VCSELs and light emitting diodes) and modelling of optical materials.