Nader Engheta Receives Balthasar van der Pol Gold Medal
Nader Engheta, H. Nedwill Ramsey Professor of Electrical and Systems Engineering, is the recipient of the Balthasar van der Pol Gold Medal from the International Union of Radio Science (URSI) for "groundbreaking contributions and innovations in electromagnetic theory and applications of composite materials, metamaterials and nanoscale optics, bio-inspired imaging and sensing, and material-based optical nanocircuitry." He received the award at a ceremony held in Beijing, China on August 17, 2014.
The van der Pol Gold Medal is one of the highest awards URSI gives and is awarded only once every three years. The Medal is awarded to outstanding scientists for career achievements with evidence of significant contributions within the most recent six-year period. The award honors the memory of Balthasar van der Pol, a physicist who was closely associated with URSI for many years.
Engheta's research activities span a broad range of areas involving the physics of fields and waves. He is a leading figure in the field of metamaterials, which combines physics, engineering and nanotechnology to bend and manipulate waves in ways that natural materials cannot. He has also published numerous journal papers, book chapters, conference articles, and is a Guggenheim Fellow, an IEEE Third Millennium Medallist, a Fellow of American Physical Society, a Fellow of IEEE, a Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a Fellow of SPIE-The International Society for Optical Engineering, and a Fellow of the Optical Society of America, and has received numerous other awards and distinctions, such as the 2012 IEEE Electromagnetics Award and the 2013 SINA Award in engineering, for his scholarly research contributions and teaching activities.
The International Union of Radio Science (Union Radio-Scientifique Internationale) is a non-governmental and non-profit organization under the International Council for Science. It is responsible for stimulating and coordinating, on an international basis, studies, research, applications, scientific exchange, and communication in the fields of radio science.
To read more about Engheta and his research, please visit his website.