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Recent Honors and Distinctions
 

Recipient of the 2014 Balthasar van der Pol Gold Medal from URSI (Union Radio-Scientifique Internationale, International Union of Radio Science)

Recipient of the Inaugural 2013 SINA Award in Engineering (from the "Spirit of Iranian Noted Achievers" (SINA) Organization)

Recipient of the 2013 Benjamin Franklin Key Award

Recipient of the 2012 IEEE Electromagnetics Award

  Fellow of the SPIE-International Society for Optical Engineering (Since December 2010)
  Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (Since November 2009)
  Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) (Since November 2008),
  Recipient of the 2008 George H. Heilmeier Award for Excellence in Research, School of Engineering and Applied Science,
  University of Pennsylvania, December 2007.
  Selected in the 2006 Scientific American List of 50 Leaders in Science and Technology, December 2006.
  Holder of the endowed H. Nedwill Ramsey Chaired Professorship in Electrical and Systems Engineering
(Jan 1, 2005 - present)
  Recipient of the IEEE Third Millennium Medal, 2000
  Recipient of a 1999 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship award
  Fellow of the Optical Society of America (since March 1999)
  Fellow of IEEE (since January 1996)
  Holder of the UPS Foundation Distinguished Educator term Chair for one-year term (Academic Year 1999-2000)
  Recipient of the Fulbright Chair Award for Naples, Italy for the 1997-98 academic year. (First recipient of the
Fulbright Naples Chair in the field of engineering.)
  Recipient of a 1989 NSF Presidential Young Investigator (PYI) Award.
  Recipient of the W. M. Keck Foundation's 1995 Engineering Teaching Excellence Award, 1995.
  Recipient of the Christian F. and Mary R. Lindback Foundation Award, April 1994.
  Two times Recipient of the S. Reid Warren, Jr. Award for distinguished teaching, School of Engineering and Applied
  Science, University of Pennsylvania, October 1993, April 2002.
  Recipient of the 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.
  IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society (AP-S) Distinguished Lecturer for June 1997- December 1999.
  Elected as the Vice-Chair (for 2010) and Chair (for 2012) for the Gordon Research Conference on Plasmonics.
  Our paper “Experimental Verification of Displacement-Current Conduits in Metamaterial-Inspired Optical Circuitry” published in Phys. Rev. Letters on May 7, 2012 was selected to be highlighted as an Editors’ Suggestion, and also for Viewpoint in the online APS publication Physics.  One of the figures of this paper was also selected for the cover page of Physical Review Letter Issue of May 11, 2012.  A video summary was also prespred for this paper.  THis video summary can be viewed in the supplementary material of this paper.
Our paper "Cloaking a Sensor" published in Phys. Rev. Letters on June 8, 2009 was selected to be highlighted as an Editors' Suggestion, and also for highlighting in the online APS publication Physics.
Plenary Speaker on the topic of “From Metamaterials to Metasystems to Metafunctions” in the META’12, 3rd International Conference on Metamaterials, Photonic Crystals, and Plasmonics, Paris, France, April 20, 2012
Invited Speaker as part of the 2011-2012 Distinguished Lecture Series of the College of Engineering, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Delaware, February 15, 2012, with the talk entitled “Of Light, Electrons, and Metamaterials
Keynote presentation on the topic of “Ultrafast Metatronics,” at the 2012 SPIE Photonics West, Conference on Ultrafast Phenomena and Nanophotonics XVI, San Francisco, CA, January 21-26, 2012
Plenary Speaker on the topic of “Of Light and Metatronics” in the 2011 MESA+ of the Institute of Nanotechnology, University of Twente, the Netherlands, September 27, 2011
Plenary Speaker on the topic of “Metatronics: Merging Electronics, Photonics, and Magnetics into One Paradigm” in the 2011 European Conference on Antennas and Propagation (EuCAP 2011), Rome, Italy, April 11-15, 2011
Plenary Speaker on the topic of “Of Light, Electrons and Metamaterials” in the 2011 SPIE Photonics West, LASE, San Francisco, California, , January 22-27. 2011.
Plenary Speaker on the topic of “Metatronics with Light and Electrons: Taming the Optics and Electronics with Metamaterials” in the 4th International Congress on Advanced Electromagnetic Materials in Microwaves and Optics (Metamaterials'2010), Karlsruhe, Germany, September 13-16, 2010.
Plenary Speaker on the topic of “Metatronics: Manipulating the Light and Electrons with Metamaterials” in the 18th RiNEm (Italian National Conference in Electromagnetics), Benevento, Italy, September 6-10, 2010.
Plenary Speaker on the topic of "Linear and Nonlinear Elements in Metactronics" in Opening Ceremony of the NATO Advanced Research Wokrshop META'10, 2nd International Conference on Metamaterials, Photonic Crystals, and Plasmonics, Cairo, Egypt, February 22-25, 2010.
Plenary Speaker on the topic of "Seeing the Unseen: How Can we Learn from Polarization-Sensitive Eyes and How Can We Design Better Imaging Systems?" in Opening Ceremony of the 2009 European Microwave Conference (EuMC) as Part of the 2009 European Microwave Week (EuMW), Rome, Italy, September 28-October 2, 2009.
Invited speaker at the Booz-Allen-Hamilton Distinguished Colloquium Series at Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Maryland at College Park, College Park, Maryland, September 11, 2009, with a talk entitled "Taming the Light at the Nanoscale".
Plenary Speaker on the topic of "Taming the Light with Metamaterials" in the NanoScience and Engineering Part of the 2009 SPIE-The International Society for Optical Engineering on Optics and Photonics, San Diego, California, August 2-6, 2009.
Plenary Speaker on the topic of "What to Do with Extreme Metamaterials" at the 2009 ETOPIM'8 Conference, Crete, Greece June 11, 2009.
Plenary Speaker on the topic of "Circuits with Light at the Nanoscale: A New Paradigm for Nanoscale Information Processing" at the 43th Annual Conference on Information Sciences and Systems (CISS 2009), Baltimore, MD, March 18, 2009.
Plenary Speaker on the topic of "Circuits with Light at the Nanoscale" at the 13th Interantional Symposium on Antenna Technology and Applied Electromagnetics/Canadian Radio Sciences Meeting/ANTEM/URSI/CNC, Banff, AB, Canada, February 18, 2009.
Invited speaker at the Distinguished Lecturer Series at Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Rice University, Houston, TX, February 12, 2009, with a talk entitled "Circuits with Light at the Nanoscale".
Plenary Speaker on the topic of "Circuits with Light at the Nanoscale" at the 6th International System-on-Chip Conference, Exhibit and Workshop, Newport Beach, California, November 5, 2008.
Keynote speech on the topic of "Extreme-Parameter Metamaterials," at the Metamaterials' 2008: 2nd International Congress on Advanced Electromagnetic Materials in Microwave and Optics, Pamplona, Spain, September 21-26, 2008.
Delivered the single Public Lecture (a large Plenary speech) on the topic of "Seeing the Unseen:  From Polarization-Sensitive Eyes to Biologically-Inspired Sensing and Imaging Science" at the 2008 XXIX General Assembly of the International Union of Radio Science (URSI-GA 2008), Chicago, Illinois, August 7-16, 2008.
Keynote speech on the topic of "Metactronics: Optical Circuits and Information Processing in Nanoworlds" at the NATO Advanced Research Workshop on Metamaterials for Secure Information and Communication Technologies (META'08), Marrakech, Morocco, May 7-10, 2008.
Invited speaker at the Lester Eastman Seminar Series at School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, November 30, 2007, with a talk entitled "Nanocircuits with Light and Wireless at Nanoworlds"
Invited talk at the "Frontiers in Physics" at the 2007 Industrial Physics Forum, the talk entitled "Circuits with Light at the Nanoscale," in Seattle, WA, October 16, 2007.
Kilby Keynote Speaker on the topic of “Seeing the Invisible:  Polarization Vision in Nature and Non-Invasive
Imaging and Sensing Applications” at the 2006 Government Microcircuit Applications and Critical Technology Conference (GOMACTech 2006), San Diego, CA, March 20-23, 2006.
Invited member of a panel on “Metamaterials:  Invisible Revolution,” at theEMTech: Emerging Technology Conference @
  MIT, Cambridge, MA, September 25-27, 2007.
Keynote Speaker at the Plasmoic Metamaterials Conference of the 2007 SPIE-The International Society for Optical
  Engineering on Optics and Photonics, the talk entitled “Plasmonic Metamaterials:  The Tale of Two Phenomena,” in San Diego, California, August 26-30, 2007.
Plenary Speaker at the Optical Society of America (OSA) Topical Meeting on Nanophotonics, talk entitled “What do Optical
  Nanocircuits, Squeezing Light, and Supermicroscopy Have in Common?” in Hangzhou, China, June 18-22, 2007.
Plenary Speaker at the 51st International Conference on Electron, Ion, Photon Beam Technology and Nanotechnology
  (EIPBN) talk on the topic of "Metamaterial and Plasmonic Nanocircuits:  Towards a New Paradigm in Optical Nanoelectronics" in Denver, CO, May 29-June 1, 2007.
Delivered one of the three General Lectures (Plenary speech) on the topic of "Metamaterials and Plasmonic Structures"
at the XXVIII General Assembly of International Union of Radio Science (URSI), in New Delhi, India, October 23-29, 2005.
Invited Keynote Speaker at the International Workshop on Antenna Technology: Small Antennas and Novel
Metamaterials (iWAT'05), talk on the topic of "Nanocircuit Elements, Nano-Transmission Lines, and Nano-Antennas Using Plasmonic Materials in the Optical Domains," in Singapore, March 7-9, 2005
Invited Plenary Speaker at the International Union of Radio Science (URSI)-U.S. National Committee (USNC), National
Radio Science Meeting, talk on the topic of "Seeing the Invisible: Polarization Vision, Its Biophysical Mechanism and Non-Invasive Imaging Applicastions" in Boulder, CO, January 5-8, 2005.
Invited Keynote Speaker on "Metamaterials and Plasmonic Media: Theory and Potential Applications," at
Bianisotropics'04: 10th International Conference on Complex Media and Metamaterials" in Ghent, Belgium, September 22-24, 2004.
Invited Plenary Speaker on "Electromagnetics of Complex Media and Metamaterials" in the Mathematical Methods in
Electromagnetic Theory Conference (MMET'2002), Kiev, Ukraine, September 10-13, 2002.
Invited Plenary Speaker on "Fractionalization Methods and Their Applications to Radiation and Scattering Problems" in
the Mathematical Methods in Electromagnetic Theory Conference (MMET'2000), Kharkov, Ukraine, September 12-15, 2000.
Invited Keynote Speaker for a plenary talk on "Fractional Derivatives, Fractional Integrals and Electromagnetic Theory,"
in the International Conference on Computational Electromagnetics and Its Applications (ICCEA'99), in Beijing, China, Nov. 1-4, 1999.
Invited Plenary Speaker on "Fractional Calculus and Fractional Paradigm in Electromagnetic Theory" in the Mathematical
Methods in Electromagnetic Theory Conference (MMET'98), Kharkov, Ukraine, June 2-5, 1998.
Invited Plenary Speaker on "Chiral and Complex Materials" in the 14th Triennial URSI International Symposium on
Electromagnetic Theory, Sydney, Australia, on August 17-20, 1992.
Distinguished Lectures Series Speaker at Ohio State University, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering,
Febuary 9, 2006, on "Metamaterials, Shrinking Circuit Elements, and Nanooptics."
Distinguished Lectures Series Speaker at University of Toronto, Edward S, Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical and
Computer Engineering, January 18, 2005, on "Metamaterials, Shrinking Components, and Near-Field Nano-Devices and Systems.
Distinguished Lectures Series Speaker at Temple University, College of Engineering, November 13, 2006, on
  “Metamaterials, Shrinking Circuit Elements, and Nanooptics.”
Distinguished Seminar Speaker at University of Arizona, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, April 20,
2004, on "Metamaterials and Plasmonic Nanostructures: Concepts, Salient Features, and Potential Applications
Listed in Who's Who in Science and Engineering, American Men & Women of Science , Who's Who in the East, Who's
Who in Technology, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World.
Member of the Electromagnetics Academy
Selected as one of the Distinguished Graduates of the University of Tehran's School of Engineering on the occasion of
the 70th Anniversary of School of Engineering of University of Tehran, December 2004