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2015 Noonan Award Winner

Corey Shemelya, EG13

Dr. Corey Shemelya is a Research Assistant Professor and Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Electrical Engineering at University of Texas at El Paso, and the W. M. Keck Center for 3D Innovation. His research interests include: metamaterials, infrared devices, nano-photonics, and sustainability. Dr. Shemelya earned his PhD in Electrical Engineering as a Greenough Endowed Fellow while working with Prof. Tom Vandervelde in the Renewable Energy and Applied Photonics Laboratories at Tufts University. Dr. Shemelya's work has resulted in 13 refereed publications, 12 conference publications, and over 58 conference presentations. This work has been recognized with multiple accolades, including a Dow Sustainability Award and Edmond Optics declared him an "Optics Super Hero" in 2012.

Dr. Shemelya's previous research aimed to utilize the general field of photonics to optimize multiple stages of thermophotovoltaic energy generators, as well as create dynamic metamaterial polarization sensitive surfaces for use in photodetection technologies. To accomplish these goals, multiple types of photonic structures and devices were studied and characterized, including: high-temperature metamaterial emitters (based on metamaterial perfect absorber technologies), 2-dimensional photonic crystal evanescent couplers (based on metallic photonic crystal photodetectors), dynamic metamaterial polarization-filters, and interfacial miss-fit array photodiodes for energy harvesting devices. The goal of this research was to provide a series of cutting edge building blocks which could be integrated together in a variety of different applications. The results of this work have potential applications ranging from photodetection, to photonic filtering, to renewable energy Generation.