UCLA Materials Scientist Aaswath Raman Receives 3M Early Career Faculty Award
Aaswath Raman, an assistant professor of materials science and engineering at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering, has received a faculty award from global technology giant 3M.
The non-tenured faculty award, which provides $15,000 in unrestricted funds per year for three years, will support Raman’s research project Complex Nanophotonic Control of Broad Spectrum Light. He has worked on research that focuses on controlling light at the nanoscale. This includes developing metamaterials and photonic devices that can shape, absorb and emit light in highly unusual but advantageous ways over a broad range of wavelengths. The research has applications in renewable energy, information processing, sensing, displays and communication systems.
Raman, who joined UCLA Samueli in 2018, is also a member of the California NanoSystems Institute. He has received several other early career awards, including a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, a Young Faculty Award from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, a Hellman Fellowship, a Sloan Research Fellowship and the Materials Research Society Robinson Award for Science and Technology in Renewable Energy. He has been named a senior member of the National Academy of Inventors and is part of a multidisciplinary UCLA team looking to address issues of extreme heat in the City of Los Angeles.