IOP Award Engheta

The Winner Is Nader Engheta!

From the time of the Golden age of the Persian empire ancient polymaths, most notably Abu Rayhan al-Biruni, were lifelong scholars influential in laying the groundwork for the future of discoveries n the field of physics.

On November 2, 2020, in recognition of global leadership in the field of physics the Institute of Physics (IOP) awarded the Isaac Newton Medal and Prize to the Iranian American scientist Nader Engheta. AS a pioneer in the field of nanoscale optics and metamaterials. The IOP reports the selection of Engheta as recipient of this award honors his “groundbreaking innovation and transformative contributions to electromagnetic complex materials and nanoscale optics, and for pioneering development of the fields of near-zero-index metamaterials, and material-inspired analogue computation and optical nanocircuitry. Engheta commented “I am very honored and humbled to be the recipient of the 2020 Isaac Newton Medal and Prize from the Institute of Physics (UK).”

Engheta earned his BSc in electrical engineering at the University of Tehran graduating in 1978. He continued his education, earning hid MS and PhD in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology. In 1987 Engheta moved to the University of Pennsylvania where he currently serves as the Nedwill Ramsey Professor of Electrical and Systems Engineering. He is also affiliated with the departments Bioengineering, materials science and engineering, and Physics and Astronomy.

An abridged version of Engheta’s Awards ( full list here) Honors & Awards include:

  • 2017 Honorary Doctoral Degree from Ukraine’s National Technical University, Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute
  • 2016 Honorary Doctoral Degree (Dr. rer. nat. h.c.) from the University of Stuttgart, Germany
  • 2016 Honorary Doctor of Science in Technology from Aalto University in Finland 2015 SPIE Gold Medal
  • 2015, 2012 IEEE Achievement awards
  • National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellow (NSSEFF, also known as the Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellow) Award from Department of Defense (DoD)
  • 2013 Inaugural SINA (Spirit of Iranian Noted Achiever) Award in Engineering

Enjoy hearing Dr. Engheta speak about the work

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