Andrea Alù, Texas ECE Professor, is the recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Young Investigator Award from the Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute. The award recipient must show exceptional promise as a developing leader in the materials area. Alù was the outstanding candidate, voted for by the evaluation committee of the Materials Investigator Award, out of 36 candidates who were each proposed by at least two other colleagues from the field of material science.
Andrea Alù holds the Temple Foundation Professorship No. 3. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Kavli Foundation Early Career Lectureship in Materials Science (2016), the Simons Investigators in Physics award (2016), the National Science Foundation Waterman Award (2015), the URSI Issac Koga Gold Medal (2011), an NSF CAREER award (2010), the AFOSR Young Investigator Award (2010), and the the Leopold B. Felsen Award for Excellence in Electrodynamics (2008). Alù has co-authored over 345 journal papers and 552 conference papers. His recent scientific research has been focused on the conception, modeling and application of nanostructural artificial materials and metamaterials to mold electromagnetic waves, light and sound in exotic ways, going beyond the limits and challenges associated with the use of natural materials.