Affiliated with the
Communication & Space
Sciences Laboratory

Dr. Sawyer Campbell

Assistant Research Professor


Sawyer D. Campbell was born in Normal, IL. He received the B.S. degree in physics from Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL, in 2008, the M.S. and PhD degrees in optical sciences from the University of Arizona, Tucson, in 2010 and 2013, respectively. He began his fascination in optical physics working under Profs. Rainer Grobe and Q. Charles Su in the Intense Laser Physics Theory Unit (ILP) at Illinois State University as an undergraduate researcher performing experimental studies of laser light scattering in turbid media. He then studied under Prof. Richard W. Ziolkowski at the University of Arizona performing computational studies of plasmonic and metamaterial structures in the visible, infrared, and microwave regimes culminating in the defense of his dissertation entitled "Studies of active and passive plasmonic core-shell nanoparticles and their applications." He is currently an Assistant Research Professor in the Computational Electromagnetics and Antennas Research Lab (CEARL) in the Department of Electrical Engineering at The Pennsylvania State Univeristy. Dr. Campbell has extensive experience in the computational modeling and inverse design of metamaterial- and transformation optics-based devices at RF, infrared, and optical frequencies. Additionally, he is an expert in the application of multi-objective and surrogate-assisted optimization techniques to challenging problems in both the RF and optical regimes. He has published over 50 technical papers and proceedings articles and is the author/coauthor of 2 book chapters. He is a member of the IEEE, the APS, the OSA, and SPIE and is the past Chair and Current vice-Chair/Treasurer of the IEEE Central Pennsylvania Section.