Amit Agrawal is a Visiting Fellow in the Photonics and Plasmonics Group and an Associate Research Scientist at the Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics of the University of Maryland. He received a B.E. with Honors in Electronics and Telecommunications from the Pt. Ravishankar Shukla University, India, and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Utah. His doctoral research focused on developing terahertz plasmonic metamaterials and guided-wave devices was supported by the University of Utah Graduate Research Fellowship, IEEE/LEOS Graduate Student Fellowship, and the D. J. Lovell Scholarship from SPIE. He was then a CNST/UMD Postdoctoral Researcher in the Nanofabrication Research Group, where he worked with Henri Lezec developing measurement methods for studying the electromagnetic properties of plasmonic nanostructures for applications in switching and sensing. He then joined the faculty of Syracuse University, where he was the John E. and Patricia Breyer Professor in Electrical Engineering in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and continued his work on designing and characterizing of electrochromic optical modulators, as well as measuring the opto-mechanical properties of plasmonic metamaterials. Amit is developing time-resolved optical spectroscopy and microscopy techniques in the visible, mid-infrared and terahertz ranges for applications in devices for energy conversion and storage.