Fellow member of CeNO, recognized as the outstanding researcher of the year 2016-17

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Hamed Koochaki Kelardeh, Ph.D. student and the fellow member of the Center for Nano-Optics, has been recognized as the Outstanding Graduate Student of the year 2017, by Georgia State University Physics Department Executive Committee.

In 2012, Hamed received a scholarship from GSU and joined Professor Stockman‘s research group and the Department of Physics and Astronomy. He has been granted as a Graduate Research Assistant; In addition to that, in 2014, he was appointed as the fellow of the GSU Center for Nano-optics (CeNO), a highly prestigious award mostly given to Postdocs. Along with his research career, Hamed has been involved as a teaching assistant throughout his Ph.D. duration. Hamed has taught several physics laboratories such as Physics 1111 (Mechanics, Waves, Heat), Physics 1112 (Electricity, Optics and Modern Physics), and Physics 2030K (Physics of Music and Speech). Furthermore, he has experienced teaching a newly designed physics courses called SCALE-UP (Student-Centered Active Learning Environment with Upside-down Pedagogies) at GSU.

His research at CeNO spans a broad area of theoretical and computational Physics with a major emphasis on Nano-optics, Nanoplasmonic and Ultrafast phenomena in light-matter interactions. For his Ph.D. degree, he tries to investigate the theory of an ultrafast and ultrastrong optical field interacting with two-dimensional Dirac-type materials. In his recent research, Hamed studied the dynamics of graphene, a semi-metal, under a strong ultrashort pulse field revealing unique behavior inherent in graphene. Hamed strongly believes that those findings will hold application in the next generation of spectroscopy, imaging, laser technology, transmitting and processing information with speed and accuracy far beyond the capabilities of conventional optics and electronics.

So far, his studies have resulted in 6 journal articles with an average impact factor of 3.5 and three conference proceedings. His paper on “Attosecond strong-field interferometry in graphene” has been highlighted in American Physics Society (APS) journal. The achievements of Hamed along with his collaborators, on the area of “ultrafast phenomena in condensed matter optics, in particular, graphene and Dirac nano-materials” have been presented in 21 highly accredited and internationally recognized conferences among which 9 of them were the keynote and invited talks. At the recent GSU physics graduate student symposium (PGSA2016), Hamed was awarded the outstanding speaker award.

Last of all, it is worth mentioning that, besides his professional research and teaching pursuit at Georgia State University, Hamed has involved in a leadership role in the Department of Physics and Astronomy as the President of Physics Graduate Student Association (PGSA) for the fiscal year 2016-17.

Congratulations Hamed, Keep up the great work!