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Distinguished Seminar Series in Engineering

Nader Engheta, PhD
Nader Engheta, PhD

Speaker: Nader Engheta, PhD, H. Nedwill Ramsey Professor, Electrical and Systems Engineering, Physics and Astronomy, Materials Science and Engineering, Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania

Lecture: “A Journey with Waves and Matters”

Date and Time: Friday, April 9, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. (Virtual)

Many scientific and technological developments of the past 200 years have been based on the manipulation and interaction of electrons and photons, and waves and matters. In this seminar, Dr. Engheta will present a personal perspective of his experience in interdisciplinary research and will discuss his work in science and engineering of wave interaction with materials. He will provide an overview of some of his research experience, including:

  • Antennas and scattering
  • Electromagnetics of materials
  • Optics of eyes and bio-inspired imaging based on the eyes of some animal species
  • Unique features of light-matter interaction with metamaterials and metasurfaces enabling us to cloak objects
  • Circuit elements with light at the nanoscale
  • Achieving one-atom-thick optical devices using graphene optics
  • Realizing “metamaterial machines” in which judiciously designed materials can function as wave-based analog computers and solve equations with waves

Dr. Engheta will present some of the ongoing research programs in his group and will also forecast possible future directions in these paradigms.

About the Speaker:  Dr. Nader Engheta is the H. Nedwill Ramsey Professor at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, with affiliations in the Departments of Electrical and Systems Engineering, Bioengineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and Physics and Astronomy. He received his BS degree from the University of Tehran, and his MS and Ph.D. degrees from Caltech.   

Among the many awards he has received for his research:

  • 2020 Isaac Newton Medal and Prize in Physics
  • Pioneer Award in Nanotechnology
  • Ellis Island Medal of Honor
  • Gold Medal from SPIE
  • Balthasar van der Pol Gold Medal from the International Union of Radio Science (URSI)
  • William Streifer Scientific Achievement Award
  • Induction to the Canadian Academy of Engineering as an International Fellow
  • US National Academy of Inventors (NAI)
  • IEEE Electromagnetics Award
  • IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society Distinguished Achievement Award
  • Beacon of Photonics Industry Award
  • Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship Award from US Department of Defense
  • Wheatstone Lecture in King’s College London
  • Inaugural SINA Award in Engineering
  • 2006 Scientific American Magazine 50 Leaders in Science and Technology
  • Guggenheim Fellowship
  • IEEE Third Millennium Medal

Dr. Engheta is a Fellow of seven international scientific and technical organizations (IEEE, OSA, APS, MRS, SPIE, URSI, and AAAS) and has received honorary doctoral degrees from the Aalto University in Finland in 2016, the University of Stuttgart, Germany in 2016, and Ukraine’s National Technical University Kharkov Polytechnic Institute in 2017.

His current research activities span a broad range of areas including photonics, metamaterials, electrodynamics, nano-optics, graphene photonics, 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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