For the second consecutive year, Prof. Andrea Alù of Texas ECE is a finalist ;for the Blavatnik National Award for Young Scientists and will now compete for the largest unrestricted award of its kind for early career scientists and engineers. Ultimately, three winners will be selected based on their extraordinary accomplishments and their promise for the future. Prof. Alù has been nominated under the Physical Sciences and Engineering category of the award. The other two disciplines include Life Sciences and Chemistry.
The finalists were selected from over 300 nominations of outstanding faculty-rank researchers from 148 of nation’s leading academic and research institutions. The annual Blavatnik Awards were established by the Blavatnik Family Foundation in 2007 and are administered by the New York Academy of Sciences. These awards recognize and celebrate exceptional young researchers who drive the next generation of scientific innovation by answering the most complex scientific questions of today. The three National Laureates will be announced in June 2017 and will each receive an unrestricted cash prize of $250,000, the largest prize of its kind for early-career scientists.
At The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin), Prof. Alù is affiliated with the Wireless Networking and Communications Group, an interdisciplinary center for research and education based in UT Austin with an emphasis on industrial relevance, and with the Applied Research Laboratories at UT Austin. His research interests span over a broad range of technical areas, including applied electromagnetics, nano-optics and nanophotonics, microwave, THz, infrared, optical and acoustic metamaterials and metasurfaces, plasmonics, nonlinearities and nonreciprocity, cloaking and scattering, acoustics, optical nanocircuits and nanoantennas.