ASRC Photonics Initiative Director Named a Finalist for the 2018 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists

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Andrea Alù, director of the ASRC Photonics Initiative.

Andrea Alù, director of the ASRC Photonics Initiative, has been selected as a finalist for the prestigious Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists.

Alù is one of 31 U.S. researchers who will compete for the world’s largest unrestricted prizes for early career scientists. Each year, three Blavatnik National Laureates in the categories of life sciences, chemistry, and physical sciences and engineering are awarded $250,000 each. This year’s national finalists were selected from 286 outstanding faculty-rank researchers nominated by 146 institutions across 42 states. The three 2018 National Laureates will be announced on June 27, 2018.

An electrical engineer and physicist by training, Alù is being considered in the Blavatnik Award’s physical science and engineering category for his seminal contributions to the science and technology of metamaterials that mold electromagnetic waves, light and sound in unusual ways. His work has pioneered discoveries in electromagnetic cloaking, nonlinear signal transmission and nanocircuitry.

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