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

Research Summary

My research lies at the intersection of optics and nanotechnology, with special foci on extending the spatial resolution of optics to the nanoscale, and applications of optics in energy. In addition to gaining a deep understanding of the basic physics of the behavior of light and matter at the nanoscale, our research is driven by many exciting applications.


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.