Lecture series to feature expert in nanophotonics

October 19, 2016 - By Kim Delker

The University of New Mexico Optical Sciences and Engineering program in conjunction with the School of Engineering and the College of Arts and Sciences will hold a distinguished lecture series in November featuring a leader in the field of photonics.

The guest speaker for the series is Nader Engheta, the H. Nedwill Ramsey Professor in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania. He will hold three different lectures:

• 3-5 p.m. Nov.  2.  "Tailoring Waves at the Extreme with Metamaterials."
• 3-5 p.m. Nov. 3.  "Low-Index Photonics."
• 9-10 a.m. Nov.  4.  "Quantum Optics of Metamaterials."  

EnghetaAll will be held in Room 101 of the Center for High Technology Materials on UNM’s south campus.

Engheta is an award-winning researcher who focuses on the science and technology of waves and wave-matter interaction, both in the optical and microwave domains. He has made significant contributions to the fields of optics, photonics, nanomaterials, and miniaturized antennas.

He is the recipient of many awards, including the 2015 Fellow of the U.S. National Academy of Inventors, the 2015 Gold Medal from SPIE, and the 2015 National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellow Award from the Department of Defense.

Engheta is also affiliated with the departments of Electrical and Systems Engineering; Bioengineering; Physics and Astronomy; and Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. He earned his master’s and Ph.D. degrees from the California Institute of Technology, and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Tehran, all in electrical engineering.

Engheta’s presentations will be geared toward a wide audience of working professionals in technical fields, including faculty, students, and those working in industry.

The general admission fee is $20, but students at UNM, New Mexico State University and Central New Mexico Community College will receive free tuition.

Register online for the event. Additional information can be found on the Optical Sciences and Engineering website.