Columbia University

Technology Ventures

Spring 2017

Dev Shenoy

Area of expertise: 
Quantum/Neuromorphic Computing, Broad technical knowledge
Naval Research Lab, DARPA/MTO, Pentagon, DOE HQ
Year Served: 
Bio 

Dr. Dev Shenoy is currently the Chief Engineer for the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Head Quarters.  Dev is a co-author of DOE’s 2015 QTR (Quadrennial Technology Review) that serves as a blueprint for DOE’s energy technology investments. Prior to joining DOE, he served as a Senior Advisor at the Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy (MIBP) Office within the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD).  In that role he co-led a Telecom initiative with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) to explore U.S. opportunities to strengthen the supply chain for optical networks and wireless equipment. 

Prior to serving at the Pentagon, Dev was a Program Manager at DARPA, (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), where he developed and managed over $100 M in cutting-edge technology programs for defense and commercial applications.  Dev’s DARPA programs included one on high power UV tunable lasers for Standoff Detection of Explosives; a program for tunable Electro-Optic devices based on non-linear optical materials for RF Photonics and near IR sensor protection; a program for a Hemispherical Array Detector (that mimics the retina in the eye) for wide field of view imaging in the visible and near IR; Electron spin based non-volatile memory for next-generation radiation hardened memory, a program to develop Non-Volatile Logic for instant-on and ultra-low power computing as well as a program for an ultra-sensitive Electric Field Detector for non-invasive detection of brain electric fields.   While at DARPA, Dev was also one of the judges at the DARPA Grand Challenge competition in 2007 for autonomous driving vehicles.

Prior to DARPA, Dev led several R&D projects at the Naval Research Lab (NRL) in Washington DC, where he was a Research Physicist/Project Manager.   Example projects at the NRL included synthetic nanopores for DNA sequencing; photo-polymerized monolayers for non-contact photo-alignment layers in Liquid Crystal Displays; laser actuated artificial muscles based on Elastomers; Information Displays for Liquid Crystals; Acoustic Sensor for underwater applications based on Ordered Nematic Fluids; and Pyro-electric sensors based on Ferro-electrics for next-generation thermal imaging applications. 

Dr. Shenoy obtained his Ph.D. in Physics from the prestigious Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India on Photon Correlation Spectroscopy of Binary Liquid Mixtures.  Dev then gained postdoctoral experience in Light Scattering from Polymer Systems in the Division of Macromolecular Science from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH and prior to NRL, served as Research Faculty in the Physics Department at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  

Dev has served on National Academy of Science panels and also presented at meetings organized by the White House OSTP on next-generation technologies that impact national security and economic competitiveness.   Dr. Shenoy has over 50 publications including in reputed journals such as Nature, and 5 issued patents.  Dev is a Fellow of the Society for Photonics Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE).