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Materials Today Podcast on Energy-Momentum Spectroscopy

March 31, 2013

Rashid is interviewed by Materials Today editor Stewart Bland about our work on energy-momentum spectroscopy and our recent collaborative publication in Nature Nanotechnology article on the "Orientation of Luminescent Excitons in Layered Nanomaterials". The audio podcast is available on iTunes and directly from the Materials Today Website.

TEDxBrownUniversity 2012: Life, Learning, and Liberal Education

October 20, 2012

In collaboration with lead organizer Professor Vanessa Ryan (English), Professor Tracey Steffes (Education & History), and the excellent student organizing team, we helped host the TEDxBrownUniversity event on Life, Learning, and Liberal Education at the Granoff Center for the Creative Arts. Watch the talks here on YouTube.

Prof. Zia to lead new Quantum Metaphotonics MURI

October 1, 2012

The new Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) on Quantum Metaphotonics & Metamaterials aims to expand and redefine the range of light-matter interactions for quantum optics and photonic devices. This multi-investigator program will bring together students and faculty from 7 American universities (Brown, CalTech, MIT, Stanford, UC Berkeley, UPenn, and UT Austin), 2 international research institutes (AMOLF in the Netherlands, ICFO in Spain), and 2 industrial partners (HP Labs and Northrop Grumman).

Lantern Festival at Granoff Art Center

May 4, 2012

In collaboration with Professor Paul Myoda from the Visual Arts Department at Brown, we helped create a large-scale installation inspired by the annual lantern festivals in China. Art students in Prof. Myoda' scuplture studio designed and produced their own sculptural lanterns, while engineering students worked with Prof. Zia designed and fabricated LED arrays with surface mounted circuits for each sculpture. Programmed to reference the fluttering firelight of traditional Chinese lanterns, over three hundred sculptures blanketed the facade of the Granoff Center for the Creative Arts.
Time Lapse Video of Exhibit

Prof. Zia awarded Henry Merritt Wriston Fellowship

April 2, 2012

Rashid is awarded the Wriston Fellowship for "contributions to excellence in teaching and for the devotion to the intellectual development of both graduate and undergraduate students". The fellowship, named for Brown's 11th President Henry Merritt Wriston, is awarded each year to junior faculty members who have achieved a record of excellence in teaching and scholarship during their first years at Brown.

Prof. Zia receives PECASE Award and visits White House

January 14, 2010

Rashid receives the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) in Washington, DC. The PECASE awards, which were announced last summer in an official White House press release, are "the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on young professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers". Following today's award ceremony, the award recipients met with President Obama in the East Wing of the White.

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12/15/16
Congrats and Goodbye Jon!

Jon defended his Pd.D. thesis today, and is now a senior scientist at Princeton Instruments.

4/29/15
Congrats and Goodbye Mingming!

Dr. Mingming Jiang becomes our lab's fourth Ph.D. alum! Mingming will begin a full-time position as an Engineer at KLA-Tencor this summer.

8/30/14
Congrats and Goodbye Dongfang!

Dr. Dongfang Li becomes our lab's third Ph.D. alum! Dongfang will begin a postdoctoral position next month in the plasmonics and nanophotonics lab of Prof. Domenico Pacifici at Brown Unviersity.

7/07/14
Congrats and Goodbye Chris!

Dr. Christopher Dodson becomes our lab's second Ph.D. alum! Chris will begin a postdoctoral position next month in the integrated quantum optoelectronics lab of Prof. Arka Majumdar at the University of Washington in Seattle.

7/01/14
Prof. Zia promoted with Tenure

Rashid has been promoted to Associate Professor of Engineering and Physics with tenure.

12/01/13
Congrats and Goodbye Sebastien!

Dr. Sebastien Cueff, our lab's first postdoc alum, will begin a position this month in the Institut des Nanotechnologies de Lyon in France.

8/01/13
Congrats and Goodbye Sinan!

Dr. Sinan Karaveli, our lab's first Ph.D. alum, will begin a postdoctoral position this month in the quantum photonics lab of Prof. Dirk Englund at MIT.

7/01/13
Physics Faculty Appointment

Rashid receives a courtesy appointment in the Department of Physics at Brown. He is now the Manning Assistant Professor of Engineering and of Physics.

5/26/13
Dissertation Award

Dr. Sinan Karaveli wins the School of Engineering's 2013 Outstanding Thesis Award for his dissertation on Engineering Light Emission from Magnetic Dipole Transitions.

5/26/13
Congrats Earth!

Earth Pinrod graduates with Honors in the Engineering-Physics Sc.B. program. After a well-deserved summer vacation, Earth will join the Electrical Engineering Ph.D. program at Cornell University this fall.

4/05/13
Congrats Dr. Karaveli!

After successfully defending his dissertation today, Sinan Karaveli became our first Ph.D. alum.

4/01/13
MURI Spring Workshop

To coincide with the MRS Meeting in San Francisco, we held the first west-coast workshop for the new Quantum Metaphotonics & Metamaterials MURI at Stanford University.

3/31/13
Materials Today Podcast on Energy-Momentum Spectroscopy

Rashid is interviewed by Materials Today editor Stewart Bland about our work on energy-momentum spectroscopy and our recent collaborative publication in Nature Nanotechnology article on the "Orientation of Luminescent Excitons in Layered Nanomaterials". The audio podcast is available on iTunes and directly from the Materials Today Website.

11/30/12
Inaugural MURI Workshop

Following the MRS Meeting in Boston, we held the first workshop for the new Quantum Metaphotonics & Metamaterials MURI at MIT. For more information, please visit our MURI website.

10/20/12
TEDxBrownUniversity 2012: Life, Learning, and Liberal Education

In collaboration with lead organizer Professor Vanessa Ryan (English), Professor Tracey Steffes (Education & History), and the excellent student organizing team, we helped host the TEDxBrownUniversity event on Life, Learning, and Liberal Education at the Granoff Center for the Creative Arts. Watch the talks here on YouTube.

10/01/12
Prof. Zia to lead new Quantum Metaphotonics MURI

The new Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) on Quantum Metaphotonics & Metamaterials aims to expand and redefine the range of light-matter interactions for quantum optics and photonic devices. This multi-investigator program will bring together students and faculty from 7 American universities (Brown, CalTech, MIT, Stanford, UC Berkeley, UPenn, and UT Austin), 2 international research institutes (AMOLF in the Netherlands, ICFO in Spain), and 2 industrial partners (HP Labs and Northrop Grumman).

10/01/12
Research Highlights in Nature Photonics & Nature Physics

Our Nature Communications article on "Quantifying the Magnetic Nature of Light Emission" is featured in the Research Highlights section of the September Issue of Nature Physics and the October Issue of Nature Photonics. Congratulations Tim and Sinan!

9/20/12
Funding for Spectroscopic Ellipsometer

Our proposal to the Provost's Core Facility Infrastructure Fund has been award $150,000 for the acquisition of a new variable-angle spectroscopic ellipsometer for the Brown Microelectronics Central User Facility.

9/10/12
Quantum Metaphotonics MURI Kick-Off

The new Quantum Metaphotonics & Metamaterials MURIgets off to a great start at the Metamaterial FY12 Joint Kick-Off Event in Arlington, VA

5/27/12
Congrats Jon!

Jon Kurvits receives an award for excellence as a graduate teaching assistant.

5/27/12
Congrats Vaibhav!

Vaibhav Mathur graduates with Honors in the Engineering-Physics Sc.B. program.

5/04/12
Lantern Festival at Granoff Art Center

In collaboration with Professor Paul Myoda from the Visual Arts Department at Brown, we helped create a large-scale installation inspired by the annual lantern festivals in China. Art students in Prof. Myoda' scuplture studio designed and produced their own sculptural lanterns, while engineering students worked with Prof. Zia designed and fabricated LED arrays with surface mounted circuits for each sculpture. Programmed to reference the fluttering firelight of traditional Chinese lanterns, over three hundred sculptures blanketed the facade of the Granoff Center for the Creative Arts.
Time Lapse Video of Exhibit

4/02/12
Prof. Zia awarded Henry Merritt Wriston Fellowship

Rashid is awarded the Wriston Fellowship for "contributions to excellence in teaching and for the devotion to the intellectual development of both graduate and undergraduate students". The fellowship, named for Brown's 11th President Henry Merritt Wriston, is awarded each year to junior faculty members who have achieved a record of excellence in teaching and scholarship during their first years at Brown.

5/29/11
School of Engineering Dedicated Faculty Award

At the School of Engineering commencement ceremony, Rashid was presented with the Dedicated Faculty Award by the graduating senior class "for demonstrating superior teaching, dedication, and involvement both in and out of the classroom".

1/14/10
Prof. Zia receives PECASE Award and visits White House

Rashid receives the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) in Washington, DC. The PECASE awards, which were announced last summer in an official White House press release, are "the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on young professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers". Following today's award ceremony, the award recipients met with President Obama in the East Wing of the White.