I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Division of Engineering and Applied Science at Caltech, working with Prof. Harry A. Atwater.

The focus of my work is to understand the fundamental physics that governs the way light interacts with matter at the nano scale, and to harness it for useful applications. My interests include nanoscale heat transport, renewable energy and efficient energy harvesting, opto-mechanics and light-driven dynamics, and nanophotonic design and optimization.

Prior to coming to Caltech, I received my PhD from MIT, working with Marin Soljačić and John Joannopoulos, among others.

Pronunciation: "ogg-nyen ill-ich"


Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ph.D. in Physics
Adviser: Marin Soljačić
Thesis:  Nanophotonics for tailoring
the flow of thermal electromagnetic radiation

Harvard University
B.A. in Physics and Mathematics
(magna cum laude with highest honors in Physics and Mathematics)

Selected Publications