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Nader Engheta

OSA Awards & Distinctions



Nader Engheta is the H. Nedwill Ramsey Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his B.S. degree from the University of Tehran, and his M.S and Ph.D. degrees from Caltech. He has received several awards for his research including SPIE Gold Medal, IEEE Pioneer Award in Nanotechnology, URSI Balthasar van der Pol Gold medal, IEEE Electromagnetics Award, William Streifer Scientific Achievement Award, Ellis Island Medal of Honor, Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship Award, US National Academy of Inventors, Canadian Academy of Engineering, and OSA’s Max Born Award, among others. He is a Fellow of OSA, APS, IEEE, MRS, SPIE, AAAS, and URSI. He has received honorary doctoral degrees from Aalto University, University of Stuttgart and Ukraine’s National Technical University’s Kharkov Polytechnic Institute.

Engheta has been one of the original pioneers of the field of metamaterials, starting with his early work in the 1980s on complex and chiral media and then continuing with his numerous other transformative contributions in various areas of optics and electrodynamics, including his development of the fields of near-zero-index optics, optical nanocircuitry and analog computing using materials, plasmonic cloaking, and one-atom-thick metamaterials, just to name a few. His current research activities span a broad range of areas including photonics, metamaterials, nanoscale optics, microwaves, graphene optics, imaging and sensing inspired by eyes of animal species, microwave and optical antennas, and physics and engineering of fields and waves.

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Document Created: 2 Apr 2020
Last Updated: 5 Jun 2020