Andrea Alù is the founding director of the Photonics Initiative at the CUNY Advanced Science Research Center, Einstein Professor of Physics at the CUNY Graduate Center, and Professor of Electrical Engineering at The City College of New York. He is also affiliated with the Wireless Networking and Communications Group at the University of Texas at Austin, where he is a Senior Research Scientist and Adjunct Professor. 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 control, acoustics, optical nanocircuits and nanoantennas.

Professor Alù received his Ph.D. in electronic engineering in 2007 from the University of Roma Tre, Italy. Dr. Alù is a Fellow of NAI, AAAS, IEEE, MRS, OSA, SPIE and APS and a Clarivate Highly Cited Researcher since 2017. Among his many scientific awards and honors, he is the 2021 Laureate of the Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists in the area of Physical Science and Engineering, the largest unrestricted scientific prize for America’s most innovative young faculty-rank scientists and engineers, and the 2015 Alan T. Waterman Award, the United States’ highest honorary award for young scientists. He has also received the Dan Maydan Prize in Nanoscience, the IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award, a Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship from DoD, the ICO Prize in Optics, the OSA Adolph Lomb Medal, and the URSI Issac Koga Gold Medal.