Please join the Rice University Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) in welcoming two new faculty members: Dr. Palash Bharadwaj and Dr. Guru Naik. Their research interests lie in ECE’s Photonics, Electronics and Nanodevices field.
Dr. Bharadwaj was most recently a postdoctoral researcher in the Photonics Laboratory at ETH Zurich, Switzerland. Prior to that he earned his PhD in 2012 from the University of Rochester. Dr. Naik comes to us from Stanford, where he was a postdoctoral researcher. Prior to that he attended Purdue, where he obtained his PhD in 2013.
Dr. Bharadwaj is an experimentalist interested in studying and controlling the interaction of nanoscale matter with photons and electrons. He likes to answer fundamental questions in nanoscience, and is interested in using these answers for developing novel devices and applications.
“I love the joy of being the first to see a physical effect, or to have made a working nanodevice that nobody made before,” he said. "I find it very enriching to work at the interface of different disciplines - optics, materials science, solid state physics, chemistry, and of course electrical engineering. This interdisciplinary way of thinking about and solving problems is probably the single most important skill I want my students to learn from grad school!” To learn more about Palash, email him or stop by his Brockman 324 office.
At Rice, Dr. Naik will work on challenges such as squeezing down broad-bandwidth solar radiation to narrow-bandwidth; harnessing other forms of energy, such as heat; and waste-heat recovery; chemical sensing, and imaging in infared. “I’m extremely excited to be at Rice and continue my work,” Naik said.
“I have heard a lot about how Houston is very diverse and has a good set of museums close to Rice, which I look forward to exploring," he continued. "I like to sing – I was previously part of an acapella group. Another hobby of mine is astronomy. I built a telescope from scratch, all the way from cutting and polishing glass to making the mirror. I am happy to talk to students about these interests, and look forward to being involved on campus.”
If you would like to learn more about Guru, you can email him, visit him in his Brockman 337 office, or take his ELEC 566 class. “If you want to make an optical cloak, flat lens, optical black hole, or learn how these things work – take this course. The focus of ELEC 566 is on metamaterials and transformation optics, areas that have made a big impact in the last decade,” he says.