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

Research Summary

Optics and optoelectronics, specifically in the fields of: terahertz optoelectronics, plasmonics, metamaterials, ultrafast optics, nonlinear optics, guided-wave devices, and imaging.


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


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 and the Director of an NSF funded Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC).  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.