Presented by Jason Valentine, associate professor of mechanical engineering and electrical engineering, Vanderbilt University, and deputy director, Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering 

Join Jason Valentine for a discussion of nanoscale structuring inspired by Light, Space, Surface: Works from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Learn how structure dictates the way light interacts with a material to make vivid colors like those found in stained glass or butterfly wings, as well as how structure can be manipulated to bend light and create new types of optics, including invisibility cloaks. 

About Jason Valentine

Headshot of Jason ValentineDr. Jason Valentine researches the optical properties of nanostructured metamaterials for a range of applications, including imaging and image processing, photodetection, and dynamically reconfigurable optics for wavefront control. He received a BS in mechanical engineering from Purdue University in 2004 and a PhD in mechanical engineering from UC Berkeley in 2010. 

Since 2010, he has been on faculty at Vanderbilt University’s Mechanical Engineering Department, where he is currently an associate professor and the deputy director of the Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering.   

Dr. Valentine’s work was selected by Time Magazine as one of its Top 10 Scientific Discoveries in 2008. At Vanderbilt, he has received an NSF CAREER Award, the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, and a Chancellor’s Award for Research.

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