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• Fulbright Chair Award for Naples, Italy through the Fulbright Distinguished Chairs program (1998).   (First recipient of Naples Chair in the field of engineering). • NSF Presidential Young Investigator (PYI) Award (1989). • W. M. Keck Foundation's 1995 Engineering Teaching Excellence Award, 1995. • Christian F. and Mary R. Lindback Foundation Award for distinguished teaching, April 1994. • S. Reid Warren, Jr. Award for distinguished teaching, School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Pennsylvania, October 1993 and April 2002. • 2012 Computer Simulation Technology (CST) University Publication Award for the paper Y. Zhao, N. Engheta, and A. Alu “Effects of shape and loading of optical nanoantennas on their sensitivity and radiation properties,” Journal of the Optical Society of America B, 28, No. 5, 27 Apr. 2011, pp 1266-1274. • 2008 Computer Simulation Technology (CST) University Publication Award for the paper A. Alu and N. Engheta, “Cloaking and Transparency for Collections of Particles with Metamaterial and Plasmonic Covers,” Optics Express, Vol. 15, No. 12, pp. 7578-7590, June 11, 2007.
• Magistri Artivm honoris causa (Honorary MA degree) from University of Pennsylvania, 1990 Recent Sample of Highlighted Papers (Editor’s pick, cover stories, etc): • Our Review Article “Near-Zero Refractive Index Photonics” published in Nature Photonics, March 2017 made the cover page of this issue. • “Zero-Index Platforms:  Where Light Defies Geometry”, published in Optics and Photonics News (OPN) in July-August 2016 made the cover pae of this issue. • “Plasmonics without Negative Dielectrics” published in Phys. Rev. B on May 2016 was highlighted as an Editors’ Suggestion. • “Mu-Near-Zero (MNZ) Supercoupling” published in Phys. Rev. B on May 2015 was highlighted as an Editors’ Suggestion. • “Digital Metamaterials” published in Nature Materials in December 2014 made the cover page of this issue.  This was also selected for a News and Views article by L. Dal Negro in the same issue. • “Epsilon-Near-Zero (ENZ) Graded Index Quasi- Optical Elements: Steering and Splitting Millimeter
Waves” published in Journal of Optics in September 2014 made the cover page of this special issue on Mid IR and THz Photonics.  This was also selected as a Highlight of 2014. • “Helical Plasmonic Nanostructures as Prototypical Chiral Near-Field Sources” published in ACS Photonics in June 2014 made the cover page of this issue. • “Performing Mathematical Operations with Metamaterials” published in Science on January 10, 2014 was selected for a Perspective article by A. Sihvola in the same issue of Science • “Near-IR Metatronic Nanocircuits by Design” published in Phys. Rev. Letters on August 16, 2013 was selected to be highlighted as an Editors’ Suggestion, and also was selected for a Focus article in the online journal Physics • “PT-Symmetry Metamaterials Using Complex- Coordinate Transformation Optics” published in Phys. Rev. Letters on April 23, 2013 was selected to be highlighted as an Editors’ Suggestion. • “Experimental Verification of n = 0 Structures for Visible Light,” published in Phys. Rev. Letters on January 2, 2013 was selected to be highlighted as an Editors’ Suggestion, and also for Viewpoint in the online APS publication Physics.
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