Aaswath Raman is Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at UCLA. His research interests include metamaterials, nanophotonics, machine learning and renewable energy systems. He was previously an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Systems Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Research Associate at Stanford University.
Aaswath received his Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Stanford University in 2013, and his A.B. cum laude in Physics and Astronomy and Astrophysics, and M.S. in Computer Science from Harvard University in 2006. His work has been featured in major media outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Economist and CNN. He is known for his pioneering work in radiative cooling, including the first demonstration of daytime radiative cooling, which has led to its emergence as an active research field and nascent commercial technology.
Prior to obtaining his Ph.D. he was a Program Manager at Microsoft working on machine learning algorithms that can detect spam in web search results. He is also a co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of SkyCool Systems, a startup commercializing daytime radiative cooling technology he originated. Aaswath has given over 40 invited talks around the world, including to broad global audiences at TED 2018 and La Ciudad de las Ideas.
Awards & Fellowships
- Hellman Fellow (2020)
- Sloan Research Fellowship (2019)
- Materials Research Society (MRS) Nelson Buck Robinson Award for Science and Technology in Renewable Energy (2018)
- TED 2018 Invited Speaker (2018)
- MIT Technology Review Innovator Under 35 – TR35 (2015)
- Stanford University Postdoctoral Research Award (2013)
- Sir James Lougheed Award of Distinction (2011) – Government of Alberta Ph.D. Fellowship.
- SPIE Green Photonics Award (2011) – Best Solar Technologies Paper at SPIE Photonics West 2011.
- Charles S. Noble Scholarship (2005)