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Tom Vandervelde

Associate Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Renewable Energy and Applied Photonics Lab

Tom Vandervelde

Tom Vandervelde

Associate Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Renewable Energy and Applied Photonics Lab

Phone 617-627-5126
Halligan Hall, Room 240
161 College Avenue, Medford, MA
Research: 
interaction of light with matter, physics of nanostructures and interfaces, metamaterials, material science, plasmonics, and surfactants, semiconductor photonics and electronics, epitaxial crystal growth, materials and devices for energy and infrared applications
Biography: 

Tom Vandervelde has a B.S. in both astronomy and physics from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and an M.A. and Ph.D in physics from the University of Virginia. Vandervelde has extensive research experience in optoelectronics and photonics.

Education: 
Ph.D., Physics, University of Virginia, 2004
M.A., Physics, University of Virginia, 2003
B.S., Physics, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 1999
B.S., Astronomy, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 1999
Professional Experience: 
2014-present:

Associate Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Tufts School of Engineering

2008-2014:

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Tufts School of Engineering

  • Assistant Professor
  • John A. and Dorothy M. Adams Faculty Development Professor
2011-2012:

Visiting Professor, Fraunhofer-Institut für Angewandte Festkörperphysik

2007-2008:

Center for High Technology Materials, University of New Mexico

  • 2007-2008: Research Assistant Professor
  • 2007: Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Fellow
2005-2006:

Research Associate, University of Illinois

2004-2005:

Visiting Assistant Professor, Washington and Lee University

Research Interests: 

Tom Vandervelde studies the interaction of light with matter and the physics of nanostructures (semiconductor photonics and electronics) and interfaces, with special interest in the area of energy materials.

Selected Honors and Awards: 
2014: Elected Senior Member, Optical Society of America
2014: Teaching and Mentoring Award, Tufts University
2011: Teaching and Mentoring Award, Tufts University
2012: Intelligence Community Young Investigator Award
2011: Alexander Von Humboldt Award
2011: CAREER Award, National Science Foundation
2011: Young Investigator Research Program Award, Air Force Office of Scientific Research
2008: Inaugural John A. and Dorothy M. Adams Faculty Development Professor, Tufts University
Selected Professional Activities: 
2011-present: Fellow, Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO)
Professional Memberships: 
Optical Society of America
Teaching/Courses Taught: 
Electricity and Magnetism
The Physics of Solar Cells
Optoelectronic Characterization
Advanced Topics in Optoelectronics

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