Mable Fok, Ph.D.

Professor and Assistant Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs

School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

NSF CAREER Award Recipient

Telephone: 706-542-2233


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

Mable Fok, a professor in the College of Engineering. Her research lab – Photonics and Soft Robotics Laboratory (WAVE Lab), aims to bring fiber optics and photonics techniques to inter-disciplinary areas. Her current research interest includes soft robotics, bio-inspired photonics, fiber optic sensing, and microwave photonics. She has published over 200 journal and international conference papers and hold 5 US patents. Her work has been funded by National Science foundation (NSF), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and Oak Ridge Associated Universities. Dr. Fok is the recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER award, University of Georgia Creative Research Medal, and Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award. 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

  • Professor, University of Georgia College of Engineering, 2023 - present
  • Associate Professor, University of Georgia College of Engineering, 2017 - 2023
  • Research Associate, Princeton University, 2007 - 2012

Areas of Specialty

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

Publications and Scholarly Articles

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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


Photonics and Soft Robotics Laboratory