I am the Founder and CEO of Simpetus, a startup with a mission to propel computational simulations to the forefront of photonics research and development.

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 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 studies, 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 on leveraging MEEP to push the frontier of optoelectronic device design.

My research focus has been to pioneer and leverage advances in computational electrodynamics 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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