Plenary speakers

Andrea Alù

"Enhancing Metasurfaces and Metamaterials with Time-Modulation and Nonlinear Responses"

Prof. Andrea Alù is an Associate Professor and the David & Doris Lybarger Endowed Faculty Fellow in Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He received the Laurea (magna cum laude), MS and PhD degrees from the University of Roma Tre, Rome, Italy, respectively in 2001, 2003 and 2007. After spending one year as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, in 2009 he joined the faculty of the University of Texas at Austin. In 2015 he has been a Royal Academy of Sciences (KNAW) Visiting Professor at AMOLF, Netherlands. He is also a member of the Applied Research Laboratories and of the Wireless Networking and Communications Group at UT Austin.
He is the co-author of an edited book on optical antennas, over 300 journal papers, over 500 conference papers, and over 25 book chapters. His research interests span over the areas of metamaterials and plasmonics, electromagnetics, optics and photonics, radio-engineering and acoustics. Dr. Alù is an IEEE Fellow, an OSA Fellow, and APS Fellow, and a full member of URSI, and serves as OSA Traveling Lecturer since 2010, as IEEE AP-S Distinguished Lecturer since 2014, and as the IEEE joint AP-S and MTT-S chapter for Central Texas. He is currently on the Editorial Board of Physical Review B, Scientific Reports, and Advanced Optical Materials, and serves as Associate Editor of four journals. Over the last few years, Dr. Alù has received several awards and recognitions for his scientific production, including the NSF Alan T. Waterman Award (2015), the OSA Adolph Lomb Medal (2013), and the URSI Issac Koga Gold Medal (2011).

Che Ting Chan

"Topological principles and exceptional point physics realized using simple meta-crystals"

C.T. Chan received his PhD degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1985.  He is currently a Chair Professor of Physics at HKUST, and serves as the Director of the Center for Metamaterial Research and the Executive Director of HKUST Institute for Advanced Study. He has been elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society since 1996. He received the Achievement in Asia Award of the Overseas Chinese Physics Association (2000), Croucher Senior Research Fellowship (2010) and is a co-recipient of Brillouin Medal (2013). His main research interests are the theory and simulation of advanced materials, including photonic crystals, metamaterials and nano-materials. He has published more than 300 journal papers.


Anthony Grbic

"Electromagnetic metasurfaces: Science and applications"

Anthony Grbic received the B.A.Sc., M.A.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Toronto, Canada, in 1998, 2000, and 2005, respectively. In January 2006, he joined the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he is currently an Associate Professor. His research interests include engineered electromagnetic structures (metamaterials, metasurfaces, electromagnetic band-gap materials, frequency selective surfaces), plasmonics, antennas, analytical electromagnetics and optics, microwave circuits and wireless power transmission systems.

Dr. Grbic received an AFOSR Young Investigator Award as well as an NSF Faculty Early Career Development Award in 2008. In January 2010, he was awarded a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. In 2011, he received an Outstanding Young Engineer Award from the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society, a Henry Russel Award from the University of Michigan, and a Booker Fellowship from the United States National Committee of the International Union of Radio Science. In 2012, he was the inaugural recipient of the Ernest and Bettine Kuh Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award in the Department of Electrical and Computer Science, University of Michigan. Anthony Grbic served as Technical Program Co-Chair for the 2012 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation and USNC-URSI National Radio Science Meeting (AP-S/USNC-URSI). He was an Associate Editor for IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters from 2010 to 2015. He is currently Vice Chair of AP-S Technical Activities, Trident Chapter, IEEE Southeastern Michigan section. He will serve as a Topic Co-Chair for the 2016 AP-S/USNC-URSI.

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