Assistant Professor (beginning January 2018)
Electrical and Systems Engineering (ESE)
Honors and Awards: MIT Technology Review’s Innovators Under 35 (TR35) (2015), Stanford University Postdoctoral Research Award (2013), Sir James Lougheed Award of Distinction (2011), SPIE Green Photonics Award (2011)
Research Expertise: Nanophotonics, energy systems, thermal photonics, heat transfer, plasmonics, metamaterials, computational electromagnetics, solid-state physics, machine learning
Aaswath’s research explores how light and heat can be controlled at the nanoscale to enable new technological possibilities for cleaner energy, information processing, sensing, displays and communication systems. His research interests include nanophotonics, heat transfer, plasmonics, metamaterials, energy systems and solid-state physics. A particular emphasis of his recent work has been on initiating an emerging field of research, and a new approach to energy efficiency and generation, known as radiative cooling. Using nanoscale photonic devices, his research has explored how to harness a ubiquitous and renewable source of energy that remains largely unexploited: the cold of the universe.
M.S./Ph.D. - Applied Physics - Stanford University (2013)
M.S. - Computer Science - Harvard University (2006)
A.B. cum laude - Physics and Astronomy & Astrophysics - Harvard University (2006)