As an undergraduate student, I was particularly adept at pestering my
research mentors for research problems. It appears that life does
indeed have a way of returning one's mischiefs. Below are short
descriptions of some of the brilliant (past and present) undergraduate
students that I have had the pleasure of co-supervising.
David Ramirez, MIT (2009–2011):
David (right) was a bright and talented undergraduate student in the
MIT physics department and is currently a graduate student at Stanford
He was the first undergraduate student I supervised, under the
supervision of Marin Soljacic and Steven G. Johnson at MIT.
David's research involved the analysis of four-wave mixing in
triply-resonant nonlinear cavities and led to a publication in the journal Physical Review A. David is a science fiction
fanatic, wears green shoes, and plays a mean
Varela, MIT (2010–2011): I met the talented
Mr. Jaime (left) in 2008 and had the pleasure of being his compadre at
the 2009 NSBP/NSHP conference. A year later, he decided to join me in
the battle against the dark and mysterious Casimir forces. Jaime's
work, supervised by Steven G. Johnson, involved an examination of the
suspension properties of nano-particle diclusters induced by Casimir
forces. Jaime was such a brilliant padawan that his research efforts
led to a first author publication in the
journal Physical Review A
within a year of joining the group. Jaime is currently a graduate
student at UC Berkeley.
David and Jaime were both recipients of
MIT Phillip Morse Memorial Award, given every year to one or two
senior(s) with high academic standing and who plan to pursue graduate
studies in physics. They both were my teaching assistants for the 2009
and 2011 MITES Advanced Physics course, of which I was an instructor,
and were instrumental in the development of the entire curriculum:
Thomal Alcorn, MIT (2011–Present): Thomas
is a sophomore in the Physics Department at MIT who I met through
Steven G. Johnson, and is currently investigating the possible
design space for achieving efficient degenerate four-wave mixing in
triply-resonant PhC microcavities.
Rolando LaPlaca, Harvard (2011–Present): Rolando,
who I met through Jorge Perez (below), is a sophomore in the Physics
Department at Harvard University. He is currently working on a project
that involves the development of discrete adiabatic theorems with
applications to nanophotonics.
Jorge Perez, MIT (2011–Present): Jorge
is a sophomore in the Physics Department at MIT, and is currently
working on a number of projects involving the design and exploration of
repulsive Casimir forces between nanostructured surfaces.