Aaswath Raman is an Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at UCLA. His research interests include metamaterials, nanophotonics, optoelectronics and machine learning, as well as an active focus on climate change adaptation, renewable energy systems and next-generation materials for the built environment.
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.
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 invited talks to a range of audiences, including to the broader public at TED 2018 and La Ciudad de las Ideas.
- DARPA Director’s Fellowship Award (2023)
- Materials Research Society (MRS) Kavli Foundation Early Career Lectureship in Materials Science (2022)
- 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award (2022)
- NSF CAREER (2022)
- Senior Member, National Academy of Inventors (2022)
- DARPA Young Faculty Award (2021)
- 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)
- SPIE Green Photonics Award (2011)