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University of Pennsylvania
Rachel Won (Moderator)
International Editor at Nature Photonics
Rachel Won is an International Editor of Nature Photonics. She joined the journal in June 2006 as one of four Founding Editors. Before that, Rachel worked for Aston University's Business Partnership Unit in Birmingham, UK, as a Medici Fellow commercializing research output of the university, particularly that of photonics research. She obtained her PhD in microwave photonics and nonlinear optics as a member of Aston's Photonics Research Group. She worked for Philips Optical Storage in Singapore as an Optics Engineer after completing her Master's degree study in Nanyang Technological University of Singapore doing research in optical fibre sensing. She holds a Bachelor's degree from the National University of Malaysia. She is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA) and the International Society of Optics and Photonics (SPIE).
University of Pennsylvania
Nader Engheta is the H. Nedwill Ramsey Professor at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, with affiliations in the Departments of Electrical and Systems Engineering, Physics and Astronomy, Bioengineering, and Materials Science and Engineering. He received his BS degree from the University of Tehran, and his MS and Ph.D. degrees from Caltech. His current research activities span a broad range of areas including photonics, metamaterials, electrodynamics, microwaves, nano-optics, graphene photonics, imaging and sensing inspired by eyes of animal species, microwave and optical antennas, and physics and engineering of fields and waves.
He has received several awards for his research including the Isaac Newton Medal and Prize from the Institute of Physics (UK), Max Born Award from the Optical Society, Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the IEEE Pioneer Award in Nanotechnology, the Gold Medal from SPIE, the Balthasar van der Pol Gold Medal from the International Union of Radio Science (URSI), the William Streifer Scientific Achievement Award, induction to the Canadian Academy of Engineering as an International Fellow, the Fellow of US National Academy of Inventors (NAI), the IEEE Electromagnetics Award, the Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship Award from US Department of Defense, the Wheatstone Lecture in King’s College London, 2006 Scientific American Magazine 50 Leaders in Science and Technology, the Guggenheim Fellowship, and the IEEE Third Millennium Medal. He is a Fellow of seven international scientific and technical organizations, i.e., IEEE, Optical Society of America (OSA), American Physical Society (APS), Materials Research Society (MRS), International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE), International Union of Radio Science (URSI), and American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He has received the honorary doctoral degrees from the Aalto University in Finland in 2016, the University of Stuttgart, Germany in 2016, and Ukraine’s National Technical University Kharkov Polytechnic Institute in 2017.
California Institute of Technology
California Institute of Technology
Chiara Daraio is the G. Bradford Jones Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Physics at Caltech. Her work is focused on developing new materials with advanced mechanical and sensing properties, for application in robotics, medical devices, and vibration absorption. She received her undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Universita ’Politecnica delle Marche, Italy (2001) and her M.S. (2003) and Ph.D. degrees (2006) in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of California, San Diego. She joined Caltech in fall of 2006 and was promoted full professor in 2010. From 2013 to 2016, she served as a Professor of Mechanics and Materials at ETH Zürich. She received a Presidential Early Career Award (PECASE) from President Obama, a US Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award and a National Science Foundation CAREER award. She was elected as a Sloan Research Fellow and selected by Popular Science magazine among the “Brilliant 10." She currently serves as a Board Editor for Science Magazine (AAAS) and is an Associate Editor for the journals Matter (Cell Press), Multifunctional Materials (IOP), the Journal of Strain Analysis for Engineering Design (Sage Publishing), and Frontiers in Mechanics (Frontiers). For a complete list of her publication and research information see .
Geoffroy Lerosey is the co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Greenerwave. Geoffroy earned an engineering degree from ESPCI Paris, a PhD in Physics from Université Paris Diderot and spent a postdoctoral year at University of California at Berkeley. Before founding Greenerwave, Geoffroy worked 10 years for French CNRS, at Institut Langevin, on novel wave control approaches as well as metamaterials and metasurfaces. Geoffroy was invited to more than 80 international conferences. His research led to 100 scientific articles, 15 patents and 2 startups.
University of St Andrews
Sebastian Schulz obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of St Andrews. He then continued in St Andrews with his PhD. He worked on slow light in photonic crystal waveguides, focusing mainly on the impact of disorder and propagation losses, in the group of Prof. Krauss. He then moved on to postdoctoral positions at the University of Ottawa (Prof. Boyd) and the Cork Institute of Technology and Tyndall National Institute in Cork, Ireland (Dr Liam O’Faolain). During this time he continued to work on slow light and photonic crystal devices, but also extended his interest to include nonlinear optics, optical metasurfaces, epsilon-near-zero materials and non-reciprocal optics. In 2018 he was appointed Lecturer at the University of St Andrews, where he leads the nanophotonics group. He is interested in using advances in nanophotonics to push the boundaries of both knowledge and technology, for applications including metrology and data communications.