Raphael Pestourie is a PhD student in applied mathematics co-advised between Prof. Federico Capasso at Harvard’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Prof Steven G. Johnson in the Mathematics department at MIT. Raphael’s research is about inverse design in nanophotonics. This thesis topic requires both computational and analytical skills across the disciplines of mathematics, physics, and computer science. Raphael was born and grew up near Versailles in France. He received an engineering degree from Ecole Centrale Paris and a MBA from ESSEC Business school. He enjoys creating startups that cross various disciplines and unite people from diverse fields. He also likes adapting to new cultures by living abroad, interacting with people, and learning their languages. Before coming to Cambridge, he lived in Germany, Singapore, and Berkeley, California.