Sean Rodrigues


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Sean P. Rodrigues is an NSF Graduate Research Fellow 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 work lies in the nonlinear regime of optical metamaterials, where he holds a position in Dr. Wenshan Cai's Lab. 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. My future research will focus on the efficient design of optical metamaterials with the use of data science, materials for quantum optics, and the crossover of metamaterials into biology for applications in optogenetics, embedded scanning and modified vision.

Sean has been awarded several fellowships as a graduate student including the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, the Intel Fellowship, Sigma Xi: Best Master’s Thesis Award, and the GEM Fellowship (sponsored by DuPont & Oakridge National Labs).

My academic awards are met with distinctions for teaching and outreach including the GoSTEM fellowship funded by the Goizuetta Foundation, the award for Outstanding Service to Georgia’s Community and a grant to put on an optics related outreach workshop by SPIE.

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

Selected Publications


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

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