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Nabeel Agha Riza

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Awards & Distinctions

Nabeel A. Riza, MS, PhD, Caltech, holds the Chair (Distinguished) Professorship in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at University College Cork (UCC), Ireland. Over a period of 35 years, he has made pioneering innovations in applied optics with several of his inventions deployed worldwide. Riza’s inventions include the CAOS camera, the camceiver, on-chip embedded controls liquid crystal lens, MOST: Multiplexed Optical Scanner Technology, ultra-stable self-aligning acousto-optic design-based interferometry, modulation & RF signal processors, low noise liquid crystal switches and all-digital attenuators, photonically controlled ultrasonic imaging probe, fault-tolerant digital MEMS fiber-optic signal amplitude and routing controls, agile indoor optical wireless, Electronic (E) lens-based vision testing, microscopy, and 3-D imaging, self-imaging freespace-fiber-optic coupling model, analog-digital fiber-optic RF phased array antenna imaging, agile pixel MEMS imager and E-lens laser beam propagation analyzer, and interferometry-pyrometry Silicon Carbide extreme thermometry. 

Riza has served as the Head (Dean) School of Engineering at UCC. His awards include the 2019 Edwin H. Land Medal from OSA/IS&T, 2001 ICO Prize & Carl Zeiss E. Abbe Medal, 2018 IET Achievement Medal, 2009 IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Lecturer Award, 2008 Berthold Leibinger Innovationspreis Finalist Distinction Award, 1994 GE Gold Patent Medal, 2009 Ireland Walton Award, Fellow Awards of Optica, IEEE, IET, European Optical Society, IoP, SPIE, IS&T, AAIA, US National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and Honorary Fellow Award of Engineers Ireland Society. Riza holds 50 U.S. patents, 34 as single inventor. He has published 362 international journal and conference papers and has authored the textbook, Photonic Signals and Systems: An Introduction, McGraw Hill, 2013. He is 2020 inductee of the Royal Irish Academy and 2021 Inductee of the UK Royal Academy of Engineering. 

Document Created: 26 Jul 2023
Last Updated: 27 Mar 2024

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