I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Division of Engineering and Applied Science at Caltech, working with Harry 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 energy transport, renewable energy and efficient energy harvesting, opto-mechanics and light-driven dynamics, and algorithmic design and large-scale optimization of nano-architected materials.

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"
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