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 in energy, sensing, and manipulation. My research interests span the multidisciplinary areas of nanophotonics, optomechanics, and novel metamaterials and metasurfaces.

I am an incoming Benjamin Mayhugh Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota. I completed my PhD in physics at MIT, postdoc in applied physics and materials science at Caltech, and my AB in physics and mathematics at Harvard University.

Pronunciation: "ogg-nyen ill-ich"
Online: @ilicog


Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ph.D. in Physics
Adviser: Marin Soljačić

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

Selected Publications