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Akhlesh Lakhtakia honored with SPIE Technology Achievement Award

25 February 2010

Akhlesh Lakhtakia, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, USA, is 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.

"Lakhtakia's curriculum vitae records a level of research and educational achievement that is truly remarkable; his output is prodigious, yet each piece of his work is of the highest quality," said David L. Andrews, School of Chemical Sciences, University of East Anglia. "I can attest to the specific significance of Professor Lakhtakia's seminal contributions to the study of electromagnetic fields in complex materials and media, and in particular the theoretical and experimental development of sculptured thin films where new device applications are forthcoming."

Lakhtakia is a Fellow of the Society and a long-time member of the SPIE Publications Committee. He currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Nanophotonics. He is the author or co-author of over 625 journal publications, 210 conference presentations and 18 book chapters. In addition, he has authored, co-authored, edited, or co-edited 12 research volumes and seven conference proceedings.

The SPIE Technology Achievement Award is given annually to recognize outstanding technical accomplishment in optics, electro-optics, photonic engineering, or imaging. The recipient(s) shall have contributed significantly to the advancement of one or more of these areas with specific demonstration(s) or application(s). An honorarium of $2,000 will be presented.

For more information on this year's recipient and past winners, visit http://spie.org/x3072.xml.

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