Javier E. Garay

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


Associate Dean for Research, Jacobs School
Research Focus
Materials processing, nanocomposites, optical materials, magnetic materials, current activated pressure assisted densification (CAPAD)

Research Summary

Professor Garay is the principal investigator of a vibrant experimental laboratory called the Advanced Material Processing and Synthesis (AMPS) Lab. Research in the AMPS Lab focuses on advanced material processing and synthesis with particular emphasis on designing the micro/nanostructure of bulk materials for property optimization.  AMPS Lab also has in-house capabilities in property measurements and device design allowing seamless interplay between the design of materials and evaluation of material performance in devices. On the fundamental side, current research emphasizes the understanding of the role of the length scale of nano-/ micro-structural features on light, heat and magnetism.  On the applied side, we are developing materials for next generation optical devices, magnetic devices and energy storage.

Javier E. Garay
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Javier E. Garay received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (1999), M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering (2002) and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering (2004) all from the University of California, Davis. He joined the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego in 2015.  Prior to that he was a professor of Materials Science & Engineering and Mechanical Engineering at UC Riverside where he also served as Chair of the Materials Science & Engineering Program from 2012-2015. Professor Garay has received two federal Young Investigator Program (YIP) awards: Army Research Office (ARO-YIP) in 2005 and Air Force Office for Scientific Research (AFOSR-YIP) in 2009. He also received the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation in 2010.