Group Members

Faculty

Alejandro RodriguezAlejandro Rodriguez
I received B.S. and PhD degrees in Physics from MIT in 2006 and 2010 and held joint post-doctoral positions at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University and at the Department of Mathematics at MIT. I was born in Havana, Cuba—a byproduct of loud rumbas, a family of physics enthusiasts, and afro-cuban folklore—and emigrated to the US at the age of twelve. When I am not thinking about photons, I am in some superposition of dancing salsa, watching old films, playing piano, listening to Cuban music, and playing video games. You are welcome to check out my curriculum vitae along with some of my personal interests

Postdoctoral Researchers

Weiliang JinSean Molesky is a National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NRSEC) Postdoctoral Fellow currently working on problems related to inverse design, limits on optical manipulation, and thermal physics. He received bachelors and PhD degrees in Physics and Electrical Engineering from the University of Alberta in 2011 and 2016.  

Rodrick Kuate Defo is a Princeton Presidential Postdoctoral Research Fellow currently in theoretical limits on photonic structures, particularly as relates to the potential for low-loss waveguides. He received his B.Sc. from McGill University in the Joint Honours Program in Physics and Mathematics in 2013 and his PhD in Physics from Harvard University in 2020.

Graduate Students

Benjamin Strekha is a PhD student in the ECE department. He received his B.S degree in Physics from the University of Pennsylvania. His interests lie in physics, math, electricalengineering, and computational science. He enjoys topics which mix these fields, in accordance to the Goldilocks principle. He is interested in using rigorous mathematics to model the physics of practical devices. Often the analytics can only go so far, so that is where computational techniques come in to help make progress. He is currently working on developing bounds on the observables and devices common in electromagnetism.

Jewel Mohajan is a PhD student in Princeton ECE. He received his B.S. and M.S. degree in EEE from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) and also served as a lecturer in the same institution, where he worked on nanowire field-effect transistors. He is currently interested in the development of physical bounds on nanophotonics devices.

Pengning ChaoPengning Chao is a PhD student in EE. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2017 with a double major in Physics and Mathematics. He is currently interested in nonlinear and quantum optics.  

Former Members 

Prashanth VenkataramPrashanth Venkataram was a PhD student in Princeton EE. He received his B.S. degree in Physics from MIT in 2014, where he worked in nanophotonics. He made several contributions to the physics of thermal fluctuations in complex systems, including van der Waals interactions and heat transport at mesoscopic scales. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow at UC Davis Institute for Transportation Studies. 

Zin LinTeerit J. Vongkovit was a junior in the Physics Department. He worked on problems related to the modeling of vander Waals interactions in macromolecular sytems. He is currently a PhD student at Penn State. 

Adi PickWeiliang Jin received his PhD in 2019. He received a B.S degree in Physics from Peking University in 2014, where he worked on theoretical studies of subwavelength photonic devices. His  interests revolved around developing general-purpose numerical and inverse-design techniques for applications in nonlinear optics and fluctuation phenomena. He is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University.

Bink SitawarinBink Sitawarin was a senior in the EE Department working on problems related to second-harmonic generation in optical fibers and machine learning. He is currently a PhD student at U.C. Berkeley.

Chinmay KhandekarChinmay Khandekar received his PhD in 2017, and he on problems involving non-equilibrium fluctuations. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University.

Jeremy WhittonZin Lin was a PhD candidate at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard, co-advised with Prof. Marko Loncar (Harvard).  His work in our group centered around photonics, nonlinear and quantum optics, and large-scale optimization of chip-scale photonic devices. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow at MIT.

Miloš NikolićAdi Pick (2017) was a Ph.D student in the Physics Department at Harvard University, co-advised by Steven G. Johnson (MIT). She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Technion in Israel.

Jeremy WhittonJeremy Whitton (2016) was an undergraduate student in the Physics Department at Princeton who worked on problems related to the influence of Casimir forces on fluid surfaces. He is currently pursuing a PhD in astrophysics at Arizona State University.

Teerit J. VongkovitMiloš Nikolić (2015) was an undergraduate student in the Physics Department at Princeton and worked on problems involving Casimir forces in microelectromechanical systems, offering guidance on experiments which demonstrated the first measurements of non-monotonic Casimir forces. Miloš is currently pursuing a PhD in biophysics at the University of Maryland.