Aaron Sternbach earned a B.A. degree in physics from Boston University where he investigated metamaterial assisted light-induced phase transitions. After studying at the University of California San Diego, Dr. Sternbach moved to Columbia University where he received a Ph.D in 2020. His thesis concerns the dynamics of quantum materials, investigated with ultrafast nano optical experimental methods. He was awarded the Townes Fellowship for his thesis work in 2019. After his thesis work he served as a Energy Frontiers Postdoctoral Fellow at Columbia University until 2023. He will begin an Assistant Professorship at the University of Maryland in 2024. Dr. Sternbach's interests include the physics of optically driven Quantum Materials.