Tony F. Heinz

Tony F. Heinz is the David Rickey Professor in the Departments of Physics and Electrical Engineering at Columbia University. He received his BS degree in physics from Stanford University in 1978 and a PhD degree, also in physics, from the University of California at Berkeley in 1982. While at Berkeley, he was the recipient of graduate fellowships from the National Science Foundation and from IBM. He subsequently joined IBM's Research Division in Yorktown Heights, NY, where he served as a research staff member and department manager. In 1995, he joined Columbia University as a professor of physics and electrical engineering. He was appointed to the David Rickey Chair in 2001 and served as chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering from 2003 until 2007. Heinz is currently a scientific director of Columbia’s Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center and of its Energy Frontier Research Center.

Heinz's research, as documented in more than 150 technical publications and 17 US patents, has centered on the application of nonlinear and time-resolved spectroscopy to probe the fundamental properties of surfaces, interfaces, and nanoscale materials, such as carbon nanotubes and graphene. Heinz’s research accomplishments have been recognized by the Optics Prize of the International Commission for Optics (ICO), a Research Award of the von Humboldt Foundation, and the Julius Springer Prize for Applied Physics (jointly with Phaedon Avouris). Heinz is a Fellow of OSA and APS. He was recently a recipient of the Great Teacher Award at Columbia University.

Heinz has been involved in many activities of the OSA. He served as a topical editor (1987–1993) and editor (1994–2000) of The Journal of the Optical Society of America B: Optical Physics (1987–1993). He was the chair of the OSA Board of Editors (2005–2009), and he has served on program committees for CLEO/QELS and Frontiers in Optics/OSA Annual Meeting, as well as for several topical meetings. He helped organize the OSA’s Quantum Electronics and Laser Science (QELS) meeting as program co-chair (1993). Heinz served as chair of the Technical Council (2000–2001), the body of the Society that had overall responsibility for meetings at the time. Heinz has served three terms on OSA’s Board of Directors: once as an elected Director at Large (2002–2004) and twice in an ex-officio capacity (2006–2009).

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