Metalenz has assembled a strong team that includes successful entrepreneurs with decades of startup experience and go-to-market success.

  • Rob Devlin is founder and CEO of Metalenz. At Metalenz Inc. Rob is focused on commercializing revolutionary flat optical technologies, metasurfaces, that will transition large-scale production of optical devices into semiconductor foundries, enable great reduction in optical module complexity while improving performance and transform consumer electronics, from 3D imaging to cell phone cameras.

    In addition to enabling emerging fields, the work of his team at Metalenz will introduce entirely new forms of optical sensing, which have previously been confined to niche markets because of the size or cost of the optical sensing modules, into consumer electronics markets.

    Prior to founding Metalenz Rob completed a joint BS/MS in Electrical Engineering and Materials Science at Drexel University and he completed his Ph. D. at Harvard University in Applied Physics with Professor Federico Capasso. His research has spanned the topics of nanofabrication, nanophotonics and materials science. He has authored or co-authored more than 20 publications, one of which was selected as the cover of Science journal and voted one of Science’s 10 breakthroughs of the year 2016. These publications provided advances in the emerging field of metasurfaces (planar nanoscale optical components) including the first demonstration of high efficiency metasurfaces throughout the visible spectrum. His work focuses on moving scientific research towards real world applications leading to 15 patents and patent applications.


  • John Graff brings a deep background in semiconductor and photonic device fabrication to his role as VP of Engineering at Metalenz. Most recently John served as Director of Solar Technology at Applied Materials, where he was responsible for developing novel fabrication process technology and product roadmaps for high efficiency crystalline silicon solar cells. As the third employee of MIT spin-off Luminus Devices, John was the principal device engineer for the world’s highest power LEDs, enabled by photonic crystal nanopatterning.

    He was the engineering program manager during the successful product launch into demanding consumer electronics markets. John holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Boston University, and is co-inventor on 30 issued US patents.

  • Pawel Latawiec is the Director of Design and Computation at Metalenz, where he leads metasurface design and engineering efforts. He holds a B.S. in physics from the California Institute of Technology and a PhD in applied physics from Harvard University. His current focus is on constructing novel architectures for metasurface imaging and illumination and developing computational techniques for scalable objective-first design and fabrication.