Rajesh Menon


Rajesh Menon portrait
  • USTAR Assistant Professor, Elect & Computer Engineering
  • USTAR Associate Professor, Elect & Computer Engineering
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Bioengineering
  • Associate Professor, Elect & Computer Engineering



  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • M.S., Electrical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • B.E., Electrical Engineering, Nanyang Technological University

Honors & Awards

  • “For pioneering super-resolution optical lithography and innovations in metamaterials, nanophotonics, and micro-optics, with applications in photovoltaics, computational imaging, displays, color sensors, spectroscopy and silicon photonics.” . Optical Society of Amerca Fellow, 10/19/2016
  • Best poster award in the category of Nanotechnology, Materials and Characterization at NanoUtah Conference for “Diffraction unlimited maskless lithography using absorbance modulation.”. Nano Utah, 10/2013
  • NASA Space Technology Research Opportunities – Early Stage Innovations Award for “A lightweight compact multi-spectral imager using novel computer-generated micro-optics and spectral-extraction algorithms,” (one out of 10). NASA, 06/2013
  • Best Paper Award at 2013 IEEE Workshop on Microelectronics and Electron Devices. IEEE, 04/2013
  • Early Faculty CAREER Award. National Science Foundation (NSF), 07/2011
  • ICO prize awarded “to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to optics before turning 40 years of age.”. International Commission for Optics, 12/31/2009


Prior to joining the University of Utah in August 2009, Prof. Menon was a research engineer and a post-doctoral scientist in the Research Laboratory of Electronics at MIT. He received the S.M and PhD degrees, both from MIT. From 2005 to 2009, Prof. Menon was the Chief Technology Officer of LumArray, Inc, a company he co-founded with colleagues at MIT.

Prof. Menon has pioneered several technologies that will enable far-field optics to manipulate and image matter with nanoscale resolution. His research has spawned numerous publications (some which have had extensive media coverage), patents, and a spin-off company. He has led several projects in nanopatterning and nanoscopy with support from DARPA, the NSF and the MIT Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation.

In the Media

  • Full list is available here: http://lons.utah.edu/. 01/01/2015.
  • Articles in USTAR Pulse, Innovation Utah website and the U Facebook page. 04/2013.
  • "USTAR researcher wins prestigious international prize for nanotechnology breakthrough," innovationUtah news. 01/2010.
  • Michael O'Malley, "USTAR researcher wins prestigious international prize for nanotechnology breakthrough," UtahPulse.com news. 01/2010.
  • "ICO Prize goes to Rajesh Menon for nanolithography," Newsletter of the International Commission for Optics. 01/2010.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Australia and New Zealand
  • France
  • India
  • Poland