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Cyrus Vandrevala




Yuli Lyanda-Geller and Sabre Kais

Research Title:

Anholonomy and Entanglement in Hyperbolic Metamaterials

Research Description:

Metamaterials are man-made materials that are engineered with properties that are not seen in nature. These properties are determined by the structure of the crystal rather than the chemical properties of the atoms within the crystal. Hyperbolic metamaterials are a subset of metamaterials that demonstrate isofrequency surfaces in the shape of hyperboloids. I am interested in probing interference and entanglement effects within these materials. These effects could be useful for designing and building quantum communication and quantum computing devices.

About Me:

As far back as I can remember, I have had a strong interest in science and mathematics. I attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI as an undergraduate student. There I earned a double major in biomedical engineering and physics. While at Marquette I worked on a couple of research projects including radio and x-ray astronomy of supernovae and the construction of a positron beam using a sodium source. I also held jobs as a tutor, a teaching assistant, and a validation engineer at Boston Scientific (during a co-op work opportunity). I am finishing a Ph.D. at Purdue University in physics with a concentration in computational science. I hope to continue teaching and doing research for the rest of my life.


  • The Akeley-Mandler Award for Teaching Excellence (April 2013)
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher - Physics Department Award (2012)
  • CETA Teaching Award (April 2012)
  • Purdue University Graduate Teaching Certificate (May 2011)
  • Baronial Award of the Millstone (September 2010)
  • Marquette University Ignatius Academic Excellence Scholarship (Fall 2005 – December 2009)
  • Stephen Weinreich Memorial Award (Spring 2009)
  • Scholastic Honors Award (Spring 2009)
  • Dean's Honor List (Spring 2008)
  • Dean's Award to Outstanding Sophomores (Spring 2007)
  • Dean's Award to Outstanding Freshman (Spring 2006)


  • Treasurer of SIAM Purdue Student Chapter

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