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Nakagawa joins MSU engineering faculty

April 24, 2008 -- MSU News


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Bozeman -- Wataru Nakagawa has joined the electrical and computer engineering department in the College of Engineering at Montana State University as an assistant professor. Prior to joining MSU, Nakagawa was a group leader at the Institute of Microtechnology, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

Nakagawa's research interests are related to nano-optics and near-field interactions in nanostructures. The interaction of light with sub-wavelength size structures results in a number of new phenomena that can be used in many applications. Examples include ultra-high-resolution microscopy, optical communications, atmospheric and environmental monitoring, and chemical and biological sensing. As nanoscale manufacturing advances, continued research and development is needed to make use of emerging technologies in this highly interdisciplinary field.

Nakagawa earned a master's in electrical and computer engineering in 1999 and a doctorate in Electrical and Computer Engineering-Applied Physics in 2002 from the University of California, San Diego. In 1996 he earned a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in Physics and a Bachelor of Arts degree with distinction in Urban Studies, both from Stanford University. Nakagawa will assume teaching duties this fall.

Contact: Elizabeth Brock, MSU College of Engineering, (406) 994-1564 or ebrock@coe.montana.edu