Arash Mafi

Photo: Arash Mafi

Interim Dean

(505) 277-7381

Area/s of Responsibility

  • Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Personal Statement:

Arash Mafi earned his Ph.D. in theoretical high energy physics from The Ohio State University in 2001. Following postdoctoral appointments at the University of Arizona in Physics and The Optical Sciences Center, he joined Corning Incorporated as a Senior Research Scientist working on optical fibers and liquid crystal displays. He moved to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2008, where he was an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, before joining the University of New Mexico in 2014. He is currently a Professor of Physics and Astronomy.

Prof. Mafi served as the General Chair of the Optical Science and Engineering (OSE) Graduate Program in 2015 and has been the Director of the Center for High Technology Materials (CHTM) since July 2016. He is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA), a Fellow of the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE), and a Senior Member of IEEE. He is also a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award in 2013. His research group's work on Anderson Localization was selected by Physics World of the Institute of Physics (IOP) as a Top 10 Breakthrough in Physics in 2014. Most recently, in 2020, his research group, in collaboration with Professors Sheik-Bahae and Tünnermann, demonstrated the first laser cooling of silica. His research focuses on integrating fundamental science and application at the intersection of quantum nonlinear optics and complexity. In recent years, he has mainly explored the quantum and nonlinear aspects of light-matter interaction in complex and disordered photonic structures, both in fundamental science and device applications.