Kashif Masud Awan

Kashif Masud Awan

Pronouns: He/him/his
Professor of Practice

Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science

  • Office
    Rudolph Hall, L53


PhD, University of Ottawa (Canada), 2018
MS, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH, Sweden), 2012
MS, University of Saint Andrews (UK), 2011
BS, National University of Sciences and Technology (Pakistan), 2009


Makes super tiny stuff with applications in biosensors, quantum computers, optical communication and more


Kashif Masud Awan completed his BS in engineering from NUST (Pakistan) in 2009, followed by serving the national space agency, SUPARCO for a couple of years. He then pursued his master’s under the Erasmus Mundus scholarship at St. Andrew's University (UK) and Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden). He then served as a lecturer at Iqra University (Pakistan) for one year, before pursuing PhD at University of Ottawa, under the Canada Excellence Research Chair doctoral fellowship.
Awan completed his PhD in electrical engineering in 2018 focused on the fabrication of III-V semiconductor devices for nonlinear optics. Following his doctorate he joined University of British Columbia as a research associate leading micro and nanofabrication of optical devices at the Quantum Matter institute for applications in bio sensing, optical communication and quantum computing.


Awan joined Washington University in 2022 as a Professor of Practice and is teaching courses focused on micro and nanofabrication and also managing the IMSE cleanroom. He is interested in fabricating and characterizing tiny stuff (from several microns all the way down to tens of nanometers) and is open to collaborating with fellow WashU faculty.