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IEEE Photonics Society 2013 Young Investigator Award Recipient: Alexandra Boltasseva

The IEEE Photonics Society Young Investigator Award was established to honor an individual who has made outstanding technical contributions to photonics (broadly defined) prior to his or her 35th birthday. Nominees must be under 35 years of age on 30 September of the year in which the nomination is made. Candidates need not be members of the IEEE or the Photonics Society. The deadline for nominations is 30 September.
     The 2013 Young Investigator Award will be presented to Alexandra Boltasseva, “For seminal contributions to the development of metal-dielectric waveguides for integrated optics and novel approaches for realization of nanoplasmonic devices.”
     Alexandra Boltasseva is an Assistant Professor at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Birck Nanotechnology Center, Purdue University, and an adjunct Associate Professor at Technical University of Denmark (DTU). She received her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at DTU in 2004. Alexandra specializes in nanophotonics, nanofabrication, plasmonics and metamaterials. In 2011 she received the MIT Technology Review Top Young Innovator (TR35) award that “honors 35 innovators under 35 each year whose work promises to change the world”, the Purdue College of Engineering Early Career Research Award, the Young Researcher Award in Advanced Optical Technologies from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany in 2009 and the Young Elite-Researcher Award from the Danish Council for Independent Research in 2008 (awarded annually to 20 scientists across all disciplines, including liberal arts). She is topical editor for Optics Letters and Journal of Optics and guest editor for Advances in OptoElectronics, a senior member of the OSA, member of the IEEE, SPIE and MRS. She has co-authored three invited book chapters and 65 research papers in refereed journals. She has an h-index of 22 (ISI Web of Science)/26 (Google Scholar) with a total number of citations above 1500. Alexandra has been featured as an invited speaker at 58 international conferences and leading research centers.

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