Dr. Nicole Pfiester Latham earned her Ph.D. and master's degrees from Tufts University in electrical engineering. Her teaching interests include nanofabrication, electricity and magnetism and intro to physics. She was a National Science Foundation Research Fellow from 2014 to 2019 and earned a Future Leader of Engineering Fellowship. She was also named the Tufts University Outstanding Graduate Student Contributor to Engineering Education.

Teaching Interests

Nanofabrication, electricity and magnetism, introductory physics.

Research Interests

Metamaterials, photodetectors, photovoltaics, optical properties of thin films. 

Select Publications & Presentations

N. Pfiester and T. E. Vandervelde. “Selective Emitters for Thermophotovoltaic Applications” Physica Status Solidi A 214, 1 doi: 10.1002/pssa.201770101 (2017)

N. Pfiester, D. DeMeo, E. Carlson, C. Shemelya, and T. E. Vandervelde, “Dynamically Tunable Polarization Response in a Si/Au Metamaterial.” AVS 64th International Symposium Proceedings, Tampa, FL (2017)

M. Stevens, A. Licht, N. Pfiester, E. Carlson, K. Grossklaus, and T. E. Vandervelde, “GaAsBi Devices for Thermal Energy Conversion,” 44th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, Washington, D.C. (2017)

C. Shemelya, D. DeMeo, N. Pfiester, X. Wu, C. Bingham, W. Padilla, and T. Vandervelde. “Stable High Temperature Metamaterial Emitters for Thermophotovoltaic Application” Appl. Phys. Lett. 104, 201113 doi: 10.1063/1.4878849 (2014)

Awards & Honors

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow 2014-19

Future Leader of Engineering Fellow 2015-17

Tufts University Graduate Research Competition Winner - Fall 2015

Tufts University Outstanding Graduate Student Contributor to Engineering Education

Academic Degrees

Ph.D. - Electrical Engineering: Materials Science Engineering, Tufts University 2018


MS - Electrical Engineering, Tufts University 2016


BS - Physics, Purdue University 2011

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