Farhan Rana is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell University. He received the B.S., M.S.(1997), and Ph.D. (2003) degrees all in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Before starting the Ph.D., he worked at IBM's T. J.Watson Research Center on nanocrystal and quantum dot memory devices. He joined the faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, in 2003. He received the US Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award in 2008, the US National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award in 2004, the ILX Lightwave faculty award in 2005, Cornell's Michael A. Tien Excellence in Teaching Award in 2006 and also in 2010, and Gold Medal for Academic Performance by the Government of Pakistan. He has also received several best paper awards including the "Most Downloaded Paper" title in 2008 by the IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology.
Established and leads the semiconductor optoelectronics research group at Cornell University in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The underlying themes behind most of the research carried out by the group is understanding and engineering of the properties of electrons, photons, spins, and phonons in semiconductor micro and nano structures in order to realize novel devices, study new science at small scales in both space (micro- and nano-sized materials and devices) and time (ultrafast optical and terahertz spectroscopy and devices), and use novel physics to solve engineering problems and tackle scientific challenges in the development of new technologies.
Established 4 new courses in the Department curriculum in the last 6 years: 1) ECE4070: Physics of Semiconductors and Nanostructures 2) ECE5310: Quantum Optics 3) ECE3030: Electromagnetic Fields and Waves 4) ECE533: Semiconductor Optoelectronics
- 2011. "Ultrafast Carrier Recombination and Generation Rates for Phasmon Emission and Absorption in Graphene." Physical Review B 84 (4): 045437-1 -- 045437-7. .
- 2011. "Very Slow Carrier Cooling in Graphene Measured by Ultrafast THz Time-Domain Spectroscopy." Paper presented at Annual March Meeting of the American Physical Society, March. .
- 2011. "Thermoelectris vs. Photoelectric of Graphene-Metal Photodectors." Paper presented at Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics .
- 2011. "Carrier Cooling in Graphene Measured by THz Time-Domain Spectroscopy." Paper presented at Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics .
- 2010. "Ultrafast Relaxation Dynamics of Hot Optical Phonons in Graphene." Applied Physics Letters 96 (8): 081917-1 -- 081917-3. .
Selected Awards and Honors
- Michael Tien '72 Excellence in Teaching Award (Cornell, College of Engineering) 2010
- Young Faculty Investigator Award (US Department of Defense (DOD): Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)) 2008
- Michael A. Tien Excellence in Teaching Award (Cornell University College of Engineering) 2006
- ILX Lightwave Faculty Award 2005
- Faculty CAREER Award (US National Science Foundation) 2004
- BS (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science), MASS INST TECHNOLOGY, 1994
- MS (Electrical Engineering), MASS INST TECHNOLOGY, 1997
- Ph D (ELECTR & COMMUNICATION ENG), MASS INST TECHNOLOGY, 2003