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Fall 2003 – Present

Polytechnic University, Brooklyn, NY

B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Minor in Mathematics, Honors College Program, Spring 2007

Grade: Senior; Major GPA: 4.00 on a 4.00 scale; Overall GPA: 3.99 on a 4.00 scale

Fall 1998 – Spring 2003

‘Joan Ekzarh’ Foreign Language High School, Varna, Bulgaria

High School Diploma, Foreign Language Program Specializing in English and German

Overall GPA: 5.98 on a 6.00 scale, Graduated with Distinction


O. Gaathon, J. Culic-Viskota
, M. Mihnev, I. Teraoka, and
S. Arnold, “Enhancing sensitivity of a whispering gallery mode biosensor by subwavelength confinement”, Applied Physics Letters 89, 223901 (2006)

also published in Virtual Journal of Biological Physics Research, Volume 12, Issue 11 (2006)


O. Gaathon, J. Culic-Viskota
, M. Mihnev, I. Teraoka, and
S. Arnold, “Enhancing the sensitivity limit of the Whispering Gallery Mode Biosensor through sub-wavelength confinement of light”, CLEO Conference, Baltimore, 2007 (submitted Nov. 2006)


Dean’s List,
Polytechnic University, all semesters

Tau Beta Pi Scholarship, Record Scholar No. 191, 2006-2007

Myron M. Rosenthal Merit Award, Polytechnic University, 2006

Myron M. Rosenthal Academic Achievement Award, Polytechnic University, 2006

Student Activities Silver Award, Polytechnic University, 2005-2006

The National Dean’s List, 2006

Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, 2006

Collegiate All-American Scholar Award, United States Achievement Academy, 2006

William J. Stolze Award, Polytechnic University, 2005

Othmer Institute Honors College Program, Polytechnic University, 2003-Present

Board of Trustee Scholarship, Polytechnic University, 2003-Present


President of Eta Kappa Nu, Zeta Sigma Chapter, Polytechnic University, 2006-2007

Vice president of the International Students Organization, Polytechnic University, 2004-2006

Class President in high school, 2000-2003

Publication in the High School Almanac for the 50th anniversary of the school

First and Third prizes in the National Competition in Mathematical Linguistics, Bulgaria

Second prize in a regional mathematics competition, Varna, Bulgaria


OSA, 2006-Present

IEEE, IEEE LEOS, IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society, 2006-Present

Eta Kappa Nu, Zeta Sigma Chapter, 2006-Present

Tau Beta Pi, New York Rho Chapter, 2005-Present

International Students Organization, Polytechnic University, 2004-Present

MENSA International, MENSA Bulgaria National Group, 2002-Present

High school teams of mathematics and mathematical linguistics


February 2005 – Present

Research Assistant, MicroParticle PhotoPhysics Laboratory, Polytechnic University

Participated in design and implementation of ultra-sensitive whispering gallery mode photonic biosensor;

Developed analytical models for light propagation within a resonant microsphere cavity using Mathematica software;

Performed data acquisition using LabVIEW software; Performed Atomic Force Microscopy

January 2005

Tutor in Mathematics, Department of Mathematics, Polytechnic University

April 2002 – July 2002

Information Technology Assistant, Varna University, Varna, Bulgaria

Provided technical support in the organization and conducting of The International Conference ‘Globalization and Sustainable Development’, 1-3 July, 2002, Varna, Bulgaria