Distinguished Alumni Profile – Avery Yuen
Avery Yuen, B.Eng.Mgt, Engineering Physics & Management, 2005, Ph.D, Engineering Physics, 2011.
Avery Yuen completed his B.Eng.Mgt degree in Engineering Physics & Management in 2005. As an undergraduate, he was an intern at Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, and the Dept. of Engineering Physics with Dr. Paul Jessop and Dr. John Preston. He was also the Project Manager for the McMaster Solar Car Project, and helped design and construct two solar vehicles (Fireball II (2003) and Phoenix (2005)). He wanted to continue studying solar energy, and so pursued his Ph.D in Engineering Physics under Dr. John Preston and Dr. Rafik Loutfy. His research focused on developing novel organic solar cells in collaboration with the Xerox Research Centre of Canada, graduating in 2011.
After his Ph.D, Avery joined L-3 WESCAM (Burlington, ON) as an Electro-Optical Designer. There, he worked with many other McMaster Engineering Physics alumni, designing laser and electro-optic payloads for aerospace and ground vehicle turret systems. While there, Avery was also a part-time sessional lecturer, teaching Engineering Physics 2QM3 (Introduction to Quantum Mechanics) at McMaster. In 2014, Avery traded in snowy Ontario for sunny California, joining Apple as a Senior Optical Engineer. There, he uses his knowledge of thin film coatings to help design displays for multiple Apple products, including the iPad Air 2, Macbook, and Apple Watch.