Thursday, 16 January, 2020

Iranian Scientist Wins 2015 SPIE Gold Medal

Iranian scientist Professor Nader Engheta has won the Gold Medal Award of International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE).

The highest honor of the Society was awarded to professor Nader Engheta from University of Pennsylvania for his transformative and groundbreaking contributions to optical engineering of metamaterials and nanoscale plasmonics, metamaterial-based optical nano circuits, and biologically-inspired optical imaging, SPIE’s website reported.

The Gold Medal of the Society is the highest honor the Society bestows. Beginning in 1977, it has been awarded annually in recognition of outstanding engineering or scientific accomplishments in optics, electro-optics, or photographic technologies or applications. The recipient(s) shall have made an exceptional contribution to the advancement of relevant technology.

The professor of electrical and systems engineering at University of Pennsylvania (USA), Engheta is being recognized as one of the founders of modern electromagnetic metamaterials and a pioneer in the fields of optical metatronics and nanoscale plasmonics.

He has been interested in electrical engineering since he was a boy. Growing up in Tehran, Engheta was fascinated by a battery-operated transistor radio and wondered how it was possible to hear music when the radio was not connected to anything. How could the signal travel from the radio station to the radio without an obvious connection?


This curiosity led him to study electrical engineering at University of Tehran where he pursued his interest in the world of waves through topics such as wave propagation, electromagnetic theory, and solid states.

Engheta attended California Institute of Technology (Caltech) for MS and PhD degrees in electrical engineering. At Caltech, his mentor and advisor was Charles H. Papas, a world-renowned scholar in electromagnetic theory, whose influence led Engheta to study optics and electromagnetics.

Today, fueled by his creativity and passion for science, Engheta and his research group delve into diverse topics at the forefront of optics and microwaves, including nanophotonics; metamaterials; bio-inspired imaging, and microwave and optical antennas.

“Engheta’s work has been pushing, and continues to push, the boundaries and frontiers of optical sciences,” says Victor G. Veselago of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Engheta has also “truly advanced the optical engineering aspects and the future of optical technology.”

Engheta has received numerous other awards including 2014 Gold Medal from the International Union of Radio Science (URSI), the 2012 IEEE Electromagnetics Award and the 2013 SINA Award in engineering.

He has penned numerous journal papers, book chapters and conference articles. Engheta is also a Guggenheim Fellow, an IEEE Third Millennium Medalist, a Fellow of American Physical Society, a Fellow of IEEE, a Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

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