Princeton University

School of Engineering & Applied Science

Alejandro Rodriguez

Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering

Room: B318 Engineering Quadrangle
Phone: 609-258-8962
Webpage: Rodriguez Group: Nanophotonics Design and Computation


  • PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2010
  • B.S. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2006

Advances in nano-fabrication over the past few decades have enabled the study of material structures with features at the scale or smaller than the electromagnetic wavelength. These engineered materials (photonic crystals, plasmonic systems, and metamaterials) can exhibit a wide range of unusual optical behaviors (photonic bandgaps, ballistic transport, ultra-slow propagation, and negative refraction) that allow unprecedented control and tunability over the properties of light. Our group's focus is on applying and developing theoretical techniques that exploit both analytical calculations (e.g. coupled mode theory, spectral methods) and high-performance computations (e.g. numerical electromagnetic solvers, large scale optimization), to explore the ways in which complex nanostructures can lead to new optical phenomena and devices. Current and past research interests include:

  • Designable thermal emitters and absorbers
  • Designable fluctuation phenomena, including Casimir forces, heat transport, laser radiation, and fluorescence
  • Low-power and single-photon nonlinear photonic devices
  • Designable optomechanical interactions
  • Complex, brute-force design of photonic structures for trapping and guiding light

Prior to joining the Princeton Electrical Engineering Department, I held joint post-doctoral positions at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University and at the Department of Mathematics at MIT.

Honors and Awards

  • National Science Foundation Early CAREER Award, 2015
  • National Academy of Sciences Kavli Fellow, 2014
  • MIT Infinite Kilometer Award, 2012
  • World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Shaper, 2011
  • Fredrick A. Howes Scholar in Computational Science, 2011
  • Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship, 2006
  • MIT Orloff Award, 2006