Our Staff

Center Leadership

Dr. Ish Aggarwal, Center Director Dr. Aggarwal is a Professor in the Department of Physics and Optical Science at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. His research is focused on the development of novel optical waveguide and fiber devices for passive and active mid-IR applications.  Until recently he was Head of the Optical Materials and Devices Branch at NRL and previously he worked at several companies including Corning and Lasertron Inc. He was a senior scientist at Corning responsible for glass and fiber research and at Lasertron he worked as a Vice President responsible for development and engineering operations of semiconductor lasers. Dr. Aggarwal received his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Catholic University of America.  Dr. Aggarwal’s numerous awards include a Sigma Xi Award in 1998 and, along with Dr. Sanghera, the 2011 David Richardson Medal from the Optical Society of America (OSA).  Dr. Aggarwal has transitioned six technologies to industry, published over 300 papers, edited 3 books and co-authored more than 70+ patents.

Dr. Ryan Adams, UNCC Site Co-Director Dr. Ryan Adams has been a participant in the I/UCRC since its inception and currently serves as Associate Chair and Undergraduate Coordinator for the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.  His expertise is in the field of microwave metamaterials and antennas.  He received BS, BSEE, MSEE and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Idaho.  He has been the recipient of several awards including the University of Idaho Alumni Award for Excellence in 2006 and the Air Force Commendation Medal, May 2003.  During his time in the Air Force, Dr. Adams served as a Aircraft Armament Systems Specialist, USAF, 1994 – 2000 after which he was a Program Manager/Developmental Engineer, USAF, 2000 – 2004. He joined UNC Charlotte in 2007 and has held several grants including the following from NSF  “Advanced Wideband Microwave Metamaterials,” 2011 – 2015 and  “Microwave Circulators Based on Magnetostatic Waves.”

Dr. Cetin Cetinkaya, Clarkson Site Co-Director Dr. Cetinkaya joined CfM in 2016 as the Clarkson site co-director, he received his BS from Istanbul Technical University and both his MS and PhD from University of Illinois - Urbania-Champaign.  Dr. Cetinkaya is an ASME Fellow and a member of the Clarkson Million Dollar Club. His group received the best paper award of the Journal of Nanoengineers and Nanosystems in 2005. His area of research interests include solid mechanics, mechanical vibration, thermo-elastic wave propagation, mechanics of nano/micro-scale systems, transient finite element analysis and symbolic computing. He is the director of the Photo-Acoustics Research (PAR) Laboratory, and the co-director of the Nanomechanics/Nanomaterials (NN) Laboratory at Clarkson University. Specific applications areas of the projects at the laboratories include transdermal drug delivery, nano/micro-particle adhesion and removal, nondestructive evaluation of pharmaceutical materials, laser ultrasonics, and design/testing/evaluation of small-scale structures. 

Dr. David Crouse, Clarkson Site Director Dr. David Crouse received a B.S. in Honors Physics from Purdue University and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell in 2002. Dr. Crouse is currently Professor and Chairman of the Departament of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering at Clarkson University.  Dr. Crouse joined the Center for Metamaterials at CUNY as a Center Director 2011-2015 and is currently the Clarkson Site Director. Dr. Crouse’s research interests are nanostructures and metamaterials with a research laboratory that develops nanostructures and metamaterials for numerous applications.  In 2003, Dr. Crouse co-founder Phoebus Optoelectronics, a company that develops metamaterials for use in a wide range of devices.

Dr. Tino Hofmann, UNCC Site Co-Director ​Dr. Tino Hofmann is an assistant professor in the Physics and Optical Science Department.  His expertise is in the area of complex materials’ characterization. He has designed and constructed unique optical equipment such as the world’s first frequency-domain THz Mueller matrix ellipsometer and a unique THz-MIR optical Hall effect instrument, both of which are very relevant to the characterization of metamaterials and metasurfaces.  Dr. Hofmann received his both his Dr. rer. nat. in Physics and his Diploma in Physics, from the University Leipzig.  He has recently been Visiting Associate Professor at the Department of Physics, Chemistry, and Biology, Linköping University and Research Assistant Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, U.S.A.  His research work covers a broad range of experimental condensed matter physics and photonics with a strong emphasis on characterizing the anisotropic optical response of spatially-coherent nanostructured materials in the visible and THz spectral range, with examples including nanostructured surfaces composed of highly ordered metal and semiconductor nanowires and self-assembled nanowire heterostructures.  Dr. Hofmann was the recipient of a 2014 EU Marie Curie Fellowship and A VINNMER Fellow (Fellowship of the Swedish innovation agency VINNOVA).

Sarah Rosenbury, Center Administrator  Mrs. Rosenbury joined the Center for Metamaterials at UNCC in 2014. Mrs.  Rosenbury graduated from UNC Charlotte with her Bachelors in Physics and Mathematics in 2009 and her Master's Degree in Optical Science and Engineering in 2012. Her Thesis was titled “Optical Sealing and Cutting of Blood Vessels Using Near-Infrared Laser Radiation”. Her research experience is primarily in biomedical optics research. She received honorable mention for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program and was the recipient of the 2007 Professor Silverio Almeida Scholarship. Mrs. Rosenbury fills the operations management role of the Center.

 

Current Principal Investigators

Dr. Ajit Achuthan, Associate Professor Dr. Achuthan joined the Center for Metamaterials at Clarkson.  Dr. Achuthan received his Ph.D. from Purdue University, M.E. from National University of Singapore, Singapore and a M.S. from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India.  His research interest include : solid mechanics and advanced materials. Currently, he is focusing on acoustic meta-materials, surface nanocrystallization of metals, and health monitoring of wind turbines. He is also interested in MEMS and nanodevices.

Dr. Vasily Astratov, Professor Dr Astratov joined the Center for Metamaterials at UNCC.  Dr. Astratov received his M.S. from the St. Petersburg State University, Russia, and Ph.D. degree from the A.F. Ioffe Physical-Technical Institute, St. Petersburg. His research interest include Novel structures and materials: microcavities and photonic crystals, coupled resonator optical waveguides, opals; Quantum optics: light-matter interaction, optical coupling between high-Q cavities, localization of light, polaritons; Optoelectronic applications: integrated optical circuits, delay lines, switches and spectrometers on a chip.

Dr. Glenn D. Boreman, Professor and Department Chair Dr. Boreman joined the Center for Metamaterials at UNCC. Dr. Boreman is Chair of the department of Physics and Optical Science. Prof. Boreman received a BS from the Institute of Optics, University of Rochester, and a PhD from the Optical Sciences Center, University of Arizona. He has been a visiting scholar at Imperial College in London, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zürich, Universidad Complutense in Madrid, and the Defense Research Agency (FOI) in Linköping, Sweden.  Dr. Boreman is a past member of the SPIE Board of Directors. His research interest include infrared detector and focal-plane analysis, optics of random media, infrared scene projection, and transfer-function techniques.

Dr. Mike Fiddy, Professor Dr. Fiddy joined the Center for Metamaterials at UNCC as a Site Director and served as Center Director 2015-2016. Dr. Fiddy is currently serving in a two year rotator position at DARPA and therefore has temporarily steped down as PI/Center Director. Dr. Fiddy has PhD in Physics, University of London 1977
 and BS in Physics, first class honors University of London 1973.  He is currently a Professor in the Department of Physics & Optical Science and Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UNC Charlotte. He is the Founding Director, Center for Optoelectronics and Optical Communications, UNC Charlotte, 2002-2010. Dr. Fiddy is also on the OSA Board of Directors and OIDA Advisory Board and Council. His primary research interest are superresolution and image reconstruction from limited data as well as inverse scattering and structure synthesis: metamaterials.

Dr. Tsing-Hua Her, Associate Professor Dr. Her joined the Center for Metamaterials at CUNY in 2015. Dr. Her recieved his Ph.D. in Applied Physics at Harvard University. His research interests include multi-disciplinary research in the fields of physics, optics, and photonics. Primarily focused on solving criticle problems in optics, physics, chemistry, material, biology and medicine, using innovative approaches inspired from novel physical principles to enable revolutionary advances.

Dr. William Jemison, Professor and Department Chair Dr. Jemison joined the Center for Metamaterials at Clarkson.  Dr. Jemison received his Ph.D. from Drexel University and M.Esc. from Penn State University. His research interest include: Microwave photonic systems and subsystems; microwave/mm-wave antenna design and measurement; radar systems; wireless and optical communications systems; LIDAR systems; biological applications of microwaves and photonics.

Dr. Alan Lyons, Professor Dr. Alan Lyons recieved his Ph.D. in Polymer Chemistry at Polytechnic University. Alan Lyons joined the faculty of the College of Staten Island and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York in September 2008 as a Professor in the Department of Chemistry.   At CSI his group is focused on the fabrication and properties of superhydrophobic polymeric materials, 3D printing technologies and materials for thermal management applications.  Prior to joining CUNY, Dr. Lyons worked for over 25 years at Bell Laboratories where he was a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff and conducted research in polymer chemistry, material science and the thermal management of electronics.  He was a founding member of Bell Labs Ireland where he built a thermal management research group and was responsible for major innovations in the areas of thermal interface materials and cooling architectures for central office equipment.  Dr. Lyons has authored 45 refereed publications and 36 issued US patents.

Dr. Nicholas Madamopoulos, CUNY Affiliated Site Director Nicholas Madamopoulos received the B.S. degree in Physics (with honors) from the University of Patra, Greece, in 1993 and the Ph.D. degree in Optical Science and Engineering from CREOL/College of Optics and Photonics, University of Central Florida, Orlando, in 1998. He is an Associate Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering, City College of CUNY, since October 2007. His research interests include photonic information processing systems and subsystems for telecom and non-telecom applications. Before joining the City College he was a Research Associate at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California-Santa Barbara. He has also spent many years conducting research for the industry, where he served as Sr. Research Engineer for Calient Networks, Inc. (Santa Barbara, CA), Member of Technical Staff for Lucent-Bell Labs (Somerset, NJ), and Sr. Research Scientist for Corning, Inc. (Corning, NY and Somerset, NJ).

Dr. Richard Partch, Sr. University Professor Dr Parch joined the Center for Metamaterials at Clarkson. Dr. Partch received his Ph.D. University of Rochester in Organic and Polymer Chemistry. His research interest include: aerosol reactions for producing fine powders and coated particles, in situ formation of inorganic and organic coatings on solids dispersed in monomer solutions, microencapsulation of liquids with inorganic and polymeric membranes, plasma methods for coating and etching fine particles, synthesis of electroactive polymer latexes and polymer-metal oxide composites for dental resins, and application of general particle technology to drug delivery and removal.

Dr. Ed B. Stokes, Professor Dr. Stokes joined the Center for Metamaterials in 2017 as a part of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at UNC Charlotte. He received his BSE, BA, and MSE from UNC Charlotte and his PhD from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1996.  His research is in acoustic metamaterials, optoelectronic devices, wide-bandgap semiconductors and optical materials characterization.  He has received several awards including: General Electic silver patent medallion (2001); General Electric publication award (1998); "Green belt" in GE Six Sigma quality (1998); GE Plastics R&D Contributor of the Year (1996).

Dr. Chee-Keong Tan, Assistant Professor Dr. Tan joined the Center for Metamaterials at Clarkson University in 2016 and received his B.Eng. from University of Sheffield (UK) and his  PhD from Lehigh University in electrical and computer engineering in 2016. Dr. Tan was a Sherman Fairchild fellow and a Rossin Doctoral fellow. His research interest are in computational design and techniques in III-Nitride materials, optoelectronic devices, nanoscience and nanotechnology, material epitaxy, and optical communications.

Dr. Zijie Yan, Assistant Professor Dr. Yan joined the Center for Metamaterials at Clarkson University in 2016. Dr. Yan recieved his Ph.D. at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Dr. Yan’s research focuses on nano and mesoscopic optics that involves the interaction of light with nanostructures and the fabrication of advanced optical materials. He specializes in laser processing of materials, optical trapping of plasmonic nanostructures, self-assembly of optical matter, as well as shaping and manipulation of optical fields. He looks forward to developing photoactive nanomaterials and devices, especially metal-semiconductor hybrid nanostructures, near-infrared plasmonic materials, and optofluidic devices combined with holographic optical tweezers. The research will be conducted through an integrated approach of nanomaterial synthesis, property characterization, and electrodynamics simulation that will ultimately culminate in novel applications in energy, environment, healthcare, and many other areas.

Dr. Weiguo Yang, WCU Affiliated Site Director Weiguo Yang received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University in 1999. Dr. Yang joined Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies Inc. as Member of Technical Staff doing research in photonic networks. Before joining Western in Fall 2007 as an Assistant Professor, he was a Principal Engineer, Lightwave Systems, Ciena Corp., leading research and development in fiber polarization mode dispersion (PMD). His current research interest focuses on low loss metamaterials and its applications to photonic and optoelectronic devices. He has published 25 journal papers and 33 conference papers and holds nine U. S. patents awarded or pending.

 

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