27 September 2022

Three Optica Fellows elected to the Royal Academy of Engineering, United Kingdom

Fellows are recognized for their outstanding research and scholarly contributions across the optical sciences

WASHINGTON — Each year, the Royal Academy of Engineering names field-leading British researchers as fellows, one of the most prestigious honors in the United Kingdom. Optica (formerly OSA), Advancing Optics and Photonics Worldwide, today announces three Optica Fellows have been elected Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering’s distinguished 2022 cohort. The research of Chennupati Jagadish, Adrian Podoleanu and Sergei Turitsyn spans multiple disciplines — from semiconductors and nanotechnologies, to biomedical optics and nonlinear fiber optics.

Each of the new fellows has “made exceptional contributions to their own sector, pioneering new innovations, leading progress in business or academia, providing high level advice to government, or promoting wider understanding of engineering and technology,” an academy announcement stated. Fellows are selected through a rigorous application and peer-review evaluation process. The honor recognizes the impact and influence of the recipients’ research on their fields and global citizens.

“Congratulations to Drs. Jagadish, Podoleanu and Turitsyn on this achievement,” said Elizabeth Rogan, CEO of Optica. “It’s impressive to see the range of fields and cross-disciplinary research represented among these Optica Fellows who are well-deserving of this prestigious honor.”

Learn more about the Optica Fellows in the 2022 cohort:

Chennupati Jagadish, Australian National University
Jagadish is a Distinguished Professor and Head of the Semiconductor Optoelectronics and Nanotechnology Group in the Department of Electronic Materials Engineering, Research School of Physics, the Australian National University. He was the Founding Director of the Australian National Fabrication Facility, ACT node (2007-March 2020) and Convener of the Australian Nanotechnology Network. He holds honorary positions at IIT Hyderabad, National Taiwan University, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu; University of Tokyo, Anna University, Mangalore University, ICT Mumbai, Hefei University of Technology, Taoyuan University of Technology, Nanjing University and Oxford University. He has received the highest Australian civilian honor, AC, Companion of the Order of Australia, from the Office of the Governor-General of Australia as part of the 2016 Australia Day Honors. In 2016, Professor Jagadish also received Optica’s Nick Holonyak Jr. Award.

Adrian Podoleanu, University of Kent
Podoleanu received his Ph.D. in Electronics from the Electronics and Telecommunications Faculty, Technical University of Bucharest, Romania in 1984. He began his career teaching at the Technical University Bucharest, Romania. As an associate professor, he taught physics, optics and optoelectronics and developed research on lasers and fast optoelectronics.

Since 2004, he has been a professor of biomedical optics in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Kent, where he heads the Applied Optics Group. His research interests focus on optical coherence tomography (OCT), imaging the eye, distance measurements using low coherence interferometry, sub-nanosecond dwell time multichannel digital correlation, sensing and secure optical communications. He contributed to the development of the en-face OCT imaging as a novel technology to complement the more conventional longitudinal OCT imaging, towards the dual imaging instrument for the eye, OCT/SLO and towards Fourier domain OCT with no mirror terms (using Talbot bands). In 2012, Podoleanu was inducted as an Optica Fellow.

Sergei Turitsyn, Aston University
Turitsyn graduated from Novosibirsk University, Russia in 1982. He received his Ph.D. degree in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics from the Institute of Nuclear Physics, Novosibirsk, Russia in 1986. From 1992 to 1998 he worked in the Institute for Theoretical Physics I, Heinrich-Heine University Duesseldorf, Germany; first as a Humboldt Fellow and then within the collaborative projects with Deutsche Telekom. He joined the Photonics Research Group in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University in 1998. During the last two decades he has been working on various problems of nonlinear science, including soliton theory, self-focusing of light beams, discrete nonlinear systems and nonlinear fiber optics. His recent research has shifted towards high-speed optical communications, nonlinear photonic devices, Raman-based technologies and ultra-long fiber lasers. In 2011, Professor Turitsyn was inducted as an Optica Fellow.

About The Royal Academy of Engineering
The Royal Academy of Engineering is harnessing the power of engineering to build a sustainable society and an inclusive economy that works for everyone. In collaboration with our Fellows and partners, we’re growing talent and developing skills for the future, driving innovation and building global partnerships, and influencing policy and engaging the public. Together we’re working to tackle the greatest challenges of our age. Visit the academy’s website to view the full list of new fellows.

About Optica

Optica (formerly OSA), Advancing Optics and Photonics Worldwide, is the society dedicated to promoting the generation, application, archiving and dissemination of knowledge in the field. Founded in 1916, it is the leading organization for scientists, engineers, business professionals, students and others interested in the science of light. Optica’s renowned publications, meetings, online resources and in-person activities fuel discoveries, shape real-life applications and accelerate scientific, technical and educational achievement. Discover more at: Optica.org

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