2018 Innovator Under 35: Prineha Narang

Prineha Narang, Harvard University

Her research on materials at the smallest scale could lead to a new generation of technologies.

Prineha Narang, Professor, Harvard University

Prineha Narang is an assistant professor at the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University. Prior to joining the faculty, Prineha came to Harvard as a Ziff Environmental Fellow at the Harvard University Center for the Environment to explore the new field of excited-state quantum materials and devices. She was also a research scholar in condensed matter theory at the MIT Department of Physics, working on new theoretical methods to describe electron-phonon coupling in materials.

Prineha received her SB in materials science from Drexel University and an MS and PhD in applied physics from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) as a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow and Resnick Sustainability Institute Fellow. Her work focused on understanding light-matter interactions in areas ranging from quantum plasmonics to nitride optoelectronics. Prineha’s research interests lie in exploring and expanding the understanding of excited state and non-equilibrium phenomena to develop novel quantum-engineered materials and devices with applications in sensing and photodetection, energy conversion, and quantum information processing. Outside of science, she is an avid triathlete and runner.


Innovators Under 35
individuals whose superb technical work promises to shape the coming decades through the development of new technology or the creative application of existing technologies to solve problems.