Hafezi and Munday Promoted to Associate Professors with Tenure 

Mohammad Hafezi (ECE/IREAP/Joint Quantum Institute (JQI)) and Jeremy N. Munday (ECE/IREAP) have been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor with Tenure by University of Maryland President Wallace Loh, effective July 1, 2017.

Prof. Hafezi studied for two years at Sharif University before completing his undergraduate degree in Physics from Ecole Polytechnique. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from Harvard University in 2009. He was a Senior Research Associate at the Joint Quantum Institute before joining the ECE faculty in 2014, and is currently a Fellow of JQI.

His research interests include the theoretical and experimental investigation of strongly correlated systems and topological physics, nanophotonics and optomechanics, and hybrid quantum systems. In 2015 he won a Sloan Research Fellowship and an Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigator Award, which supports his research in “Quantum Transport of Photons in Nanostructures.” 

Prof. Munday received his BS in Physics from Middle Tennessee State University in 2003, his PhD in Physics from Harvard University in 2008, and was a postdoctoral scholar at Caltech until 2011 when he came to the University of Maryland.

His research endeavors range from near field optics, photonics, plasmonics and solar energy, to quantum electromechanical phenomena, such as the Casimir effect, for actuating mirco- and nano-mechanical devices. He has received a number of recognitions, including the 2012 NASA Early Career Faculty Space Technology Research Award, the 2014 George Corcoran Award for Faculty, ECE Department, University of Maryland, the 2014 SPIE Early Career Achievement Award, the 2015 IEEE Young Investigators Award, the 2015 Optical Society of America Alfred Lomb Medal, the 2016 ONR YIP Award, and a 2016 NSF CAREER Award.

Published March 16, 2017