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15 December 2021

Optica Publishing Group Announces New Editors-in-Chief for Three Journals

WASHINGTON —Optica Publishing Group (formerly OSA) is pleased to announce that Andrea Alù, Olga Korotkova, and Ruikang Wang have been appointed as the new editors-in-chief of Optical Materials Express, Journal of the Optical Society of America A (JOSA A), and Biomedical Optics Express respectively. Each of the Editors-in-Chief will begin their tenure on 1 January 2022.


Andrea Alù, Optical Materials Express
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, USA.  He is affiliated with the Wireless Networking and Communications Group and the Applied Research Laboratories, both based at the University of Texas at Austin, where he is a Senior Research Scientist and Adjunct Professor.  His research interests span 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, acoustics, optical nanocircuits and nanoantennas.

Alù is an Optica Fellow and has editorial experience with Optica Publishing Group both as a feature issue guest editor, and as an associate editor for Optics Express for six years.  In 2013 he received the Optica’s Adolph Lomb Medal, which recognizes an individual who has made a noteworthy contribution to optics at an early career stage.  Alù takes over the editor-in-chief position from Alexandra Boltasseva, who led the journal from 2016 through 2021. When asked about his new role, Alù stated: “I have always been very interested in scientific publications and the process around them, and I welcome the opportunity to influence the direction of an established and highly reputable journal like Optical Materials Express.  I hope to follow on from Prof. Boltasseva’s achievements and further strengthen the dynamism of this publication so that it can acquire even more relevance within our rapidly advancing field.”

Olga Korotkova, Journal of the Optical Society A (JOSA A)
Korotkova is a professor in the Physics department at University of Miami, USA.  Her research runs from the intrinsically theoretical to purely practical and covers coherence and polarization of light; wave propagation and scattering in random and complex media; beam propagation in atmospheric and oceanic turbulence; laser communications and lidar systems; light propagation and scattering in human tissue; and medical imaging, microscopy and tomography. 

Korotkova is an Optica Fellow who has been active on various Optica conference program committees. She has significant editorial experience having been a topical editor for Optics Letters for six years, as well as an associate editor for OSA Continuum.  She takes over the Editor-in-Chief position from P. Scott Carney, who led the journal from 2016 through 2021.

Ruikang Wang, Biomedical Optics Express
Wang is a professor with appointments in the departments of bioengineering and ophthalmology and directs the Biophotonics and Imaging Laboratory at the University of Washington, USA. His research interests include functional optical imaging using coherence gating and confocal gating techniques; photoacoustic imaging; laser Doppler, speckle and intrinsic optical signal imaging; optical biopsy and functional imaging in tissue engineering; and light propagation in biological tissue.

An Optica Fellow, Wang was also an associate editor on the founding editorial board of Biomedical Optics Express, and he’s been active on program committees for Optica’s Biophotonics Congress. Wang takes over the Editor-in-Chief position from Christoph Hitzenberger, who led Biomedical Optics Express from 2016 through 2021. In response to his appointment, Wang stated: “Biomedical Optics Express has a strong track record of providing high-quality peer review by active researchers with specialized expertise. Few journals can boast such a broad and deep pool of qualified experts who are very invested in the Journal. I am excited to have this chance to serve the community and ensure the Journal continues to evolve to take full advantage of our rapidly changing field.”

Commenting on these appointments, Elizabeth Nolan, deputy executive director and chief publishing officer, Optica Publishing Group stated: “We are very grateful to our outgoing editors—Profs. Boltasseva, Carney, and Hitzenberger—for their strong leadership and commitment over the last six years. While we will certainly miss them, we are excited to welcome our new editors and look forward to working with Profs. Alù, Korotkova, and Wang. I am confident that their wealth of professional experience in optics and photonics and their knowledge of scientific publishing will ensure the continued success of Optical Materials Express, JOSA A, and Biomedical Optics Express.”
About Optica Publishing Group (formerly OSA)
Optica Publishing Group is a division of Optica, the society advancing optics and photonics worldwide.  It publishes the largest collection of peer-reviewed content in optics and photonics, including 18 prestigious journals, the society’s flagship member magazine, and papers from more than 835 conferences, including 6,500+ associated videos. With over 400,000 journal articles, conference papers and videos to search, discover and access, Optica Publishing Group represents the full range of research in the field from around the globe.

About Optica
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