Ajay Nahata

Ajay Nahata portrait
  • Professor, Elect & Computer Engineering, University of Utah
  • Associate Dean for Academics College of Engineering, College Of Engineering, University of Utah
  • Adjunct Professor, Physics And Astronomy, University of Utah

Biography

Education

  • Ph.D. 1997, Electrical Engineering, Columbia University. Project: Advisors: David H. Auston and Tony F. Heinz
  • M.S. 1987, Electrical Engineering, Columbia University. Project: Advisor: Richard M. Osgood
  • B.S. 1985, Electrical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Project: Advisor: Hans P. Jenssen

Honors & Awards

  • Top 15% College of Engineering Teaching Award (University of Utah) . College of Engineering, 06/01/2010
  • Top 15% College of Engineering Teaching Award (University of Utah) . College of Engineering, 12/2009
  • Our publication “Structured metal films allow for terahertz pulse shaping using surface plasmon-polaritons,” was chosen to appear in the 10th Anniversary Highlights. New Journal of Physics, 07/2008
  • Top 15% College of Engineering Teaching Award (University of Utah) . College of Engineering, 05/2005

Biography

Ajay Nahata earned his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Columbia University, New York.

He is currently a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.  He also serves as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Engineering. Prior to that, he served as an Associate Chair and as the Director of the Graduate Program for the department. Before joining the University of Utah, he was with the Central Research Laboratories, AlliedSignal, Inc., and NEC Research Institute for a total of 12 years. 

His current research interests include terahertz optoelectronics, plasmonics, metamaterials, nanophotonics, nanofabrication, nonlinear optics, and ultrafast optics.