Sean Rodrigues


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Career Bio

Sean P. Rodrigues is a doctoral candidate in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at Georgia Institute of Technology, where he also earned his M.S. degree in Materials Science and Engineering. Sean received his bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Rochester.

Sean’s research lies in the nonlinear regime of optical metamaterials, where he does so under Dr.Wenshan Cai. Utilizing the lossy part of plasmonics which is often seen as an impediment, we are capable of modifying our signals with smaller input intensities and sharp resonance spectra.

Sean has been awarded several fellowships as a graduate student including the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, the Intel Fellowship, the GEM Fellowship (DuPont & Oakridge National Labs Sponsored) and the GoSTEM fellowship twice. Sean has also been endowed with several other notable awards including the Sigma Xi: Best Master’s Thesis Award and the Outstanding Service to Georgia’s Community Award.

Sean’s most notable publications include reviews in the journals Science and Nature Nanotechnology. In addition, he has produced first authored research articles in Advanced Materials, and co-authored publications in Nature Materials, Nature Communications and the like.

His outreach activities have included working at a high school once a day in greater Atlanta for two years. He has also been awarded an outreach grant by SPIE to put on a series of workshops for teachers and students in the same high school.

Selected Publications

My first and second publications were published in the journal Advanced Materials!

ACS Nanoletters, Giant Chiral Response             ACS Nanoletters, Giant Chiral Response             ACS Nanoletters, Giant Chiral Response

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