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Akhlesh Lakhtakia named an Evan Pugh Professor

28 May 2018

Akhlesh Lakhtakia
Akhlesh Lakhtakia

SPIE Fellow Akhlesh Lakhtakia, the Charles Godfrey Binder Professor in Engineering Science and Mechanics at the Pennsylvania State University, is one of four professors at the University recently named Evan Pugh Professors.

The Evan Pugh Professorship is the University’s highest faculty honor awarded to only 72 faculty members since its establishment in 1960. According to the University news release, the professorships, named for the founding president, Evan Pugh, “are awarded to faculty members who are nationally or internationally recognized leaders in their fields of research or creative activity; demonstrate significant leadership in raising the standards of the University with respect to teaching, research or creativity, and service; display excellent teaching skills with undergraduate and graduate students who go on to achieve distinction in their fields; and receive support from colleagues who also are leaders in their disciplines.”

Lakhtakia earned this distinction because he is an internationally recognized scholar in the field of nanotechnology and because his research and teaching have been honored time again since he joined the faculty in 1983.

Lakhtakia is a very active Member of the SPIE community. He has presented dozens of times at SPIE conferences while taking on many roles at the conferences, from program committees to symposium chair, and as a course instructor and panel moderator. He has also authored over 80 articles with SPIE journals, served as editor-in-chief of the SPIE Journal of Nanophotonics, and published tutorial texts with SPIE Press. For his many contributions to the Society, he was named an SPIE Fellow in 1996. He was also the 2010 recipient of the Technology Achievement award in recognition of his conceptualization of sculptured thin films, wide-ranging theoretical and experimental research in optics on these materials, and for characterizing them as nanoengineered metamaterials.

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