Sawyer Campbell was born in Normal, IL. He received the B.S. degree in physics from Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL, in 2008, the M.S. and PhD degrees in optical sciences from the University of Arizona, Tucson, in 2010 and 2013, respectively. He began his fascination in optical physics working under Profs. Rainer Grobe and Q. Charles Su in the Intense Laser Physics Theory Unit (ILP) at Illinois State University as an undergraduate researcher performing experimental studies of laser light scattering in turbid media. He then studied under Prof. Richard W. Ziolkowski at the University of Arizona performing computational studies of plasmonic and metamaterial structures in the visible, infrared, and microwave regimes culminating in the defense of his dissertation entitled "Studies of active and passive plasmonic core-shell nanoparticles and their applications". His research interests include plasmonics, metamaterials, transformation optics, gradient-index optics, and advanced optimization procedures. He is the author of more than a dozen papers and is a member of the American Physical Society (APS), Optical Society of America (OSA), SPIE, and IEEE.
Advanced multi-objective and surrogate-assisted optimization of topologically diverse metasurface architectures