I am an engineer-entrepreneur and the Founder and CEO of Simpetus -- a portmanteau of simulations and impetus -- a startup advancing electromagnetic design with open source and cloud computing. These seminar slides provide a summary of my work along with this colloquium lecture.

I received a Sc.D. from MIT where I worked with Professors Steven G. Johnson and John D. Joannopoulos (thesis: Computation & Design for Nanophotonics) to develop the open-source simulation software tool MEEP. I have published 13 first-author articles in peer-reviewed journals and a book Advances in FDTD Computational Electrodynamics: Photonics and Nanotechnology with Professors Allen Taflove of Northwestern University and Steven G. Johnson. I have a masters in Computation for Design and Optimization from MIT and completed my undergraduate, with honors, in Engineering Science at the University of Toronto. Prior to launching Simpetus, I worked with Professors Susumu Noda at Kyoto University and Stephen R. Forrest at the University of Michigan.

My research focus has been to pioneer and leverage advances in computational electromagnetics to enable new kinds of nanostructured optoelectronic devices. In particular, for solar-energy applications, I demonstrated together with experiments how a tandem partially-disordered silicon photonic-crystal thin film can overcome, for the first time, the well-known Lambertian light-trapping limit. For organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs), I showed how both the light-extraction efficiency and the spontaneous-emission rate of the excitons can be increased in a single design for displays and solid-state lighting.

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