Current Members

Primary Investigator


Dr. David R. Smith is the James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Duke University, where he also serves as Director for the Center of Metamaterials and Integrated Plasmonics. Dr. Smith is also an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Physics Department at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), and is a Visiting Professor in the Physics Department at Imperial College, London. Dr. Smith's research has been focused on advanced electromagnetic materials and composites, including photonic crystals and metamaterials.

Research Staff


Dr. Michael Boyarsky is a research scientist specializing on dynamically reconfigurable metasurfaces. His current focus lies in developing metasurface antennas for synthetic aperture radar (SAR) applications. His other research interests include microwave computational imaging systems and wireless power transfer devices. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke University and his B.S. in Physics from Boston College. He received his M.S. in mechanical engineering from Marquette University.


Dr. Aaron Diebold is a post-doctoral research associate studying computational microwave imaging using metasurfaces as well as the design of reconfigurable metasurfaces for radar applications. He received the B.S. degree in physics and mathematics followed by the M.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Cincinnati in 2014 and 2016, respectively. He received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Duke University in 2020 investigating active and passive computational imaging in the David Smith group.


Dr. Divya Pande divides her time as a senior scientist at Metacept Corporation in Durham, and also as a research scientist at Duke University. Dr. Pande received her PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering in the MetaGroup at Duke University. She currently leads programs targeting space-based metasurface systems for earth observation and more general space applications.


Dr. Yeonghoon Noh is a post-doctoral research associate studying design and analysis of active-type metasurface-based antennas. His current research interests include computational electromagnetics based on integral equations, radar image retrieval based on scattering center modeling and design of multi-functional reconfigurable metasurface-based antennas. He received his B.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Yonsei University, South Korea in 2017 and 2023, respectively.

Joining Metagroup

We welcome inquiries from undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral associates, visiting researchers and technical associates interested in participating in our research group! We are a dynamic team with active interests in all forms of metamaterial research, plasmonics, transformation optics, and cloaking, spanning the electromagnetic spectrum from radio and microwaves to visible light. We maintain a close connection with applied aspects of this research, usually pursuing proof-of-concept device implementations in parallel with the science. Positions within the group and the Center for Metamaterials and Integrated Plasmonics depend on funding and space availability. Please see our Positions page for the most recent information on available positions.

Graduate Students


Elizabeth Keys is a scientist, engineer, and educator committed to leveraging her talents for the betterment of Mankind. Originally from California, with a B.Sc. in Physics and M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering, Elizabeth is working toward her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, concentrating in Engineering Physics. Elizabeth is a member of both Sigma Pi Sigma and Tau Beta Pi, national honor societies for physics and engineering; is a grateful recipient of the Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship through the Department of Defense; and is a Joint Special Operations University Non-Resident Fellow. Her Ph.D. work is in developing and evaluating various novel communication systems undersea.


Siwei Wan is a graduate student in the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) department at Duke University. She obtained her Bachelor's degree in Mathematics from Jilin University and her Master of Science degree in ECE from Duke University. Her research interests lie in metamaterials and computational electromagnetics

Former Members

Insang Yoo
2021 - 2023
Graduate Student (Duke)
Postdoctoral Associate (Duke)
Research Scientist (Duke)
Assistant Professor, Yonsei University Seoul South Korea

Xander Deputy
2016 - 2022
Graduate Student (Duke)
Senior Scientist, Northrop Grumman

Evan Stump
2016 - 2022 Graduate Student (Duke)

Kenneth Parker Trofatter
2015 - 2022
Graduate Student (Duke)
Scientist, Vadum Inc

Xiaomeng Jia
2015 - 2021
Graduate Student (Duke)
Postdoc fellow, Cornell University

Mohammadreza F. Imani
2015 - 2020
Research Scientist (Duke)
Assitant Professor, Arizona State University

Vinay Gowda
2014 - 2019
Graduate Student (Duke)
Signal Integrity Engineer,Intel Corporation

Zhiqin Huang
2014 - 2019
Graduate Student (Duke)
Researcher, Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology

Roberto Zecca
2014 - 2019
Graduate Student (Duke)
Engineering and simulations consultant, Freelance

Xiaojun Liu
2013 - 2018
Graduate Student (Duke)
Applied Scientist, Microsoft

Laura Pulido-Mancera
2014 - 2018
Graduate Student (Duke)
Senior Research And Development Engineer, Lumotive

Tim Sleasman
2013 - 2018
Graduate Student (Duke)
Senior Researcher,The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Nick Caira
2016 - 2017
Graduate Student (Duke)

Guy Lipworth
August 2010 - December 2015
Intellectual Ventures

Chris Bingham
2015 - 2016
Research Associate (Duke)
Research and Development Engineer, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Duke University

Hayrettin Odabasi
September 2015

Christos Argyropoulos
August 2014
Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Thomas Fromenteze
2014 - 2016
University of Limoges, Faculty

Patrick Bowen
2014 - 2019
Graduate Student (Duke)
Research Scientist (Duke)
Neurophos, founder and CEO

Alexandre Baron
2014 - 2015
Postdoctoral Researcher (Duke)
University of Bordeaux, Faculty

Tomas Zvolensky 2013 - 2016
Postdoctoral researcher (Duke)
Optotune, Marketing Manager

Okan Yurduseven
2013 - 2017
postdoctoral researcher, research scientist (Duke)
Reader (Associate Professor), School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Queen's University, Belfast, Ireland

Vinh Nguyen
April 2013 - May 2014
Graduate and appointed Postdoc

Wangren Xu
May 2013 - February 2014

John Hunt
December 2013

Shizhe Shen
January 2013 - May 2014
PhD Student

Britt Lassiter
September 2013 - December 2014

Gleb Akselrod
2013 - 2015
postdoctoral researcher (Duke)
Intellectual Ventures, Senior Scientist
Lumotive Corporation, co-founder and CTO

Alec Rose
October, 2013

Nathan Landy
October, 2013
Intellectual Ventures

Yu-Ju Tsai
June 2013 - August 2013
After PhD student

Cristian Ciraci
May 2012 - February 2014
postdoctoral researcher (Duke)
Instituto Italiano de Tecnologia, Senior Researcher

Tom Driscoll
October 2010 - January 2013
Intellectual Ventures

Yaroslav Urzhumov
2009 - 2014
Metamaterial Inc., program manager

Da Huang
September 2007 - May 2013

Ekaterina Poutrina
October 2007 - December 2012

Jeffery Allen
May 2007- May 2011
Airforce Research Labs

Nathan Kundtz
January 2008 - June 2010
Intellectual Ventures
Kymeta Corp., founder and CTO, founder and CEO

Stephane Larouche
2007 - 2015
Postdoctoral Researcher (Duke)
Research Faculty (Duke)
Northrop Grumman, NG Next, Senior Scientist

Soji Sajuyigbe
July 2006 - May 2010
Intel, Applications Engineer

Fabrizia Ghezzo
July 2008 - October 2009
Kuang-Chi Institute, Senior Scientist

Cameron Harrison
June 2007 - October 2008
Proctor and Gamble, Senior Scientist

Ruopeng Liu
August 2006 - December 2009
Kuang-Chi Institute, President

Aloyse Degiron
October 2004 - May 2009
Universite Paris-Sud and CNRS
Orsay, France, Junior Professor

Marco Rahm
September 2006 - September 2008
Universitat Kaiserslautern, Junior Professor of Physics

Dan Roberts
September 2006 - June 2009
Massachussetts Institute of Technology, Graduate Student

Bryan Justice
August 2005 - February 2007
SensorMetrix, Staff Engineer

Jonah Gollub
October 2004 - October 2008, graduate student (Duke)
Phoebus Optoelectronics, Physicist
2013 - 2021, research scientist (Duke)
Metacept Inc., co-founder and COO
Irradiant Technologies, research scientist

Jack Mock
October 2004 - July 2013
Associate in Research (Duke)

David Schurig
October 2004 - August 2007
University of Utah, Electrical Engineering Department, Associate Professor