Mandal '19 Named Assistant Professor at Princeton University

Oct 06 2022

Jyotirmoy Mandal (PhD '19) will be joining Princeton University as a new Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and an associated faculty member at the Princeton Institute of Materials in January 2023. His research involves understanding, controlling and modelling nano-to-macro scale radiative heat flows in both natural environments and artificial surfaces, with characterizing and mitigating ambient heat in a warming world as a guiding theme.

On the scientific front, Dr. Mandal’s work lies at the intersection of optics and materials science, and involves the creation of photonic and plasmonic metamaterials and designs with novel optical properties. On the Civil and Environmental Engineering front, he designs scalable materials that radiatively thermoregulate and make human environments more sustainable and climate resilient, and model their interactions with the environment and impact on buildings and cities.

Dr. Mandal’s other research interests include optical component design for infrared heat detection and characterization, water harvesting using passive cooling technologies, modelling large-scale impact of radiative cooling designs for geoengineering, and optical/radiative phenomena in the natural world. He is also passionate about designing novel but inexpensive technologies to address critical needs in developing countries.

Dr. Mandal received his B.A. in Physics and Mathematics, with a minor in Materials Science, from Vanderbilt University in 2014. He received his Ph.D. in Applied Physics from the Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics (APAM) at Columbia University in 2019. During his time there, he was advised by Prof. Yuan Yang and collaborated with Prof. Nanfang Yu's group at Columbia Engineering. He received the Robert Simon Memorial Prize for the most outstanding dissertation in the APAM Department at Columbia Engineering in 2020 and was also named a Schmidt Science Fellow in 2020 for his postdoctoral research at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Mandal will join the faculty at Princeton University in Spring 2023 and is currently recruiting potential postdocs and graduate students

Jyotirmoy Mandal (PhD '19)