Raphaël Pestourie, PhD
I am a Postdoctoral Associate of Prof. Steven G. Johnson's group in the Mathematics Department of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). I research towards a new paradigm for inverse design of metamaterials by combining approximate numerical solvers, (Bayesian and scientific) machine learning techniques, and end-to-end optimization. My work is multidisciplinary and experiment-driven on a wide range of applications: mostly optics, but also mechanics, quantum computing, paper crumpling theory, and the Boltzmann equation. I am interested in collaborative, interdisciplinary problems where research outcomes are larger than the mere sum of the contributions from each discipline. My philosophy is to develop methods through impactful applications rather than focusing on methods development alone.
Raphaël has been a Postdoctoral Associate at MIT Mathematics since 2020. Originally from France, Raphaël earned a dual degree between ESSEC Business School and École Centrale Paris. He also earned a Master’s of research in Nanosciences at Université Paris Saclay. In Prof. Xiang Zhang's lab at UC Berkley, he conducted his master’s research on metamaterials. Raphaël earned a PhD in Applied Mathematics with a Secondary Field in Computational Science and Engineering from Harvard University in 2020, originally as a fellow from Fulbright France. His PhD research was about inverse design for metasurfaces, and he was co-advised between Professors Federico Capasso at Harvard and Steven Johnson at MIT. While at Harvard, Raphaël also earned an AM in Statistics and completed significant coursework in data science and the Russian language. He served as a Resident Affiliate (2017-2021) and is now a Non-Resident Tutor (2021-present) with Quincy House at Harvard College, where he advises Harvard undergraduate students, as a primary academic advisor for some and informally for many.
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