David Burghoff

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Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering






226B Cushing Hall of Engineering

Areas of Interest

David Burghoff is an electrical engineer and an applied physicist. His group uses quantum and nonlinear optics to study and exploit the interactions of light and matter. He uses nanoscale engineering to push beyond the limits of conventional electronics and photonics to harness basic science and newly discovered phenomena to create devices that address the world’s key challenges in health care, energy, sensing, security, and transportation. The overarching theme of his research is the development of new platforms that will allow long-wavelength light to be used in scalable sensors and systems.

Awards and recognition:

  • ONR Young Investigator Award (2021)
  • NSF CAREER Award (2021)
  • AFOSR Young Investigator Award (2021)
  • Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Fellowship (2017)
  • MIT’s Best Electrical Engineering Ph.D. Thesis (2014)



Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
B.S., University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign