Shengxi Huang is an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rice University. Shengxi earned her PhD degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT in 2017, under the supervision of Profs. Mildred Dresselhaus and Jing Kong. Following that, she did postdoctoral research at Stanford University with Profs. Tony Heinz and Jonathan Fan. She obtained her bachelor’s degree with the highest honors at Tsinghua University, China. Before joining Rice, Shengxi was an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Department of Biomedical Engineering, and Materials Research Institute at The Pennsylvania State University.
Shengxi is the recipient of multiple awards, including NSF CAREER Award, AFOSR Young Investigator Award, Johnson & Johnson STEM2D Scholar’s Award (1 awardee worldwide in each of the 6 disciplines), Kavli Fellowship for Nanoscience, Dean’s Faculty Research Award at Penn State, Jin Au Kong Award for Best PhD Thesis at MIT, and Ginzton Fellowship at Stanford.
Shengxi’s research interests involve light-matter interactions of quantum materials and nanostructures, and the development of new quantum optical platforms and biochemical sensing technologies. In particular, her research focuses on (1) understanding optical and electronic properties of new materials such as 2D materials and Weyl semimetals, (2) developing new biochemical sensing techniques with applications in medical diagnosis, and (3) exploring new quantum optical effects and quantum sensing. Shengxi is leading the SCOPE (Sensing, Characterization, and OPtoElectronics) Lab. For more information, please visit our website.