Dr. Keathley is a Principal Research Scientist in the Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE) at MIT. His research experience spans the areas of ultrafast optics, strong-field science, attosecond physics, nanophotonics, nanoelectronics, and plasmonics. He is currently co-group leader of the Quantum Nanostructures and Nanofabrication group at MIT where he leads teams that develop optical-field-driven petahertz electronics, nanoscale free-electron light sources, and radiation-hard nanoscale vacuum-electronics.
He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Electrical Engineering from University of Kentucky in 2009 where he was named an Astronaut Scholar. He received his PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT in 2015 where he studied as a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellow (NDSEG). In 2018 he was named an Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator for work investigating methods for petahertz processing of optical fields using nanoscale electron emitters.