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Andrea Alu

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Andrea Alu received the Laurea, MS and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Roma Tre, Rome, Italy, respectively in 2001, 2003 and 2007. After spending one year as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, in 2009 he joined the faculty of the University of Texas at Austin. Alù is the founding director of the Photonics Initiative at the CUNY Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC), Einstein Professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering at the CUNY Graduate Center and Professor of Electrical Engineering at the City College of New York. Previously, he was a Full Professor and the Temple Foundation Endowed Professor #3 at the University of Texas at Austin.  

He is the co-author of an edited book on optical antennas, over 20 book chapters, over 500 conference papers, and over 350 journal papers, among which several high-impact publications with a large number of citations to date. His findings on metamaterials, plasmonics and cloaking are regularly highlighted in the general press, with recent appearences on BBC, CNN. NBC, and several others.

Alù has received several scientific awards and recognitions from various technical societies, including the NSF Alan T. Waterman award (2015), the Edith and Peter O’Donnell Award in Engineering from TAMEST (2016), the ICO Prize in Optics (2016), the OSA Adolph Lomb Medal (2013), the URSI Issac Koga Gold Medal (2011), the 2014 Outstanding Young Engineer Award from the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society, the inaugural Franco Strazzabosco Award, and the Medal of Representation of the President of the Republic of Italy (2013), the IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in Optics (2013), the SPIE Early Career Investigator Award (2012), an NSF CAREER award (2010), the AFOSR and the DTRA Young Investigator Awards (2010, 2011). Alù is a Fellow of IEEE, OSA, SPIE, and APS, and a full member of URSI. He serves on the Editorial Board of Physical Review B, Advanced Optical Materials, and New Journal of Physics, and as an Associate Editor of five journals, including the IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters and Optics Express. He has also guest edited special issues for a number of journals. He has been elected an APS Outstanding Referee by the editors of Physical Review and Physical Review Letters, serves as IEEE AP-S Distinguished Lecturer since 2014, as OSA Traveling Lecturer since 2010, and as the IEEE joint AP-S and MTT-S chapter chair for Central Texas.

Since 2014, Alù has been also serving as Chief Technology Officer of Silicon Audio RF Circulator, a company that holds the exclusive license of two inventions from Alù’s lab at UT Austin: magnetic-free circulators for sound and radio waves.

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Document Created: 1 May 2020
Last Updated: 1 May 2020