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Principal Investigator

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Prof. Jason Valentine

Professor Valentine received a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Purdue University in 2004 and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from UC Berkeley in 2010. In 2010 he joined the faculty in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Vanderbilt University where hs is currently an Associate Professor.

 

Prof. Valentine's past and current work includes the development of bulk plasmonic optical metamaterials, transformation inspired devices such as optical cloaks, dielectric metamaterials at optical frequencies, and hot electron devices. His work was selected by Time Magazine as one of the "Top 10 Scientific Discoveries in 2008". At Vanderbilt he has received an NSF CAREER Award and the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award for research on dielectric metamaterials. Curriculum Vitae

Graduate Students

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Zack Coppens

Zack is a Ph.D. student in the Mechanical Engineering Department. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Alabama and his master's from Vanderbilt in 2012. After a 2 year stint at Sandia National Laboratories, Zack came back for his Ph.D. and is currently working on high-temperature and active metamaterial devices.

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Zhihua Zhu

Zhihua is a Ph.D. student in the Electrical Engineering Department. She recieved her bachelor's and master's degrees from Tianjin University. Zhihua is currently working on developing VO2 and metamaterial based optical devices including detectors and modulators.

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Austin Howes

Austin is a Ph.D. student in the Physics Department. He received his bachelor’s degree from Drake University in Physics and Mathematics in 2010. Austin is currently working on active metasurfaces for modulation and phase control.

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You Zhou

You is a Ph.D. student in the Interdisciplinary Materials Science Program. He received his bachelor's degree from Sun Yat-sen Univeristy. You is currently working on developing all-dielectric optical metamaterials and associated optical devices.

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Chibuzor Fabian Ugwu

Fabian is a Ph.D. student in the Mechanical Engineering Department. He received his bachelor's degree in Physics from Fisk University and a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Vanderbilt University, in 2017. Fabian is currently working on active metamaterial devices.