ECE Professor Vladimir Shalaev wins UNESCO Medal

Professor Vladimir Shalaev
Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO, Professor Vladimir Shalaev, and David T. Killion, U.S. Ambassador to UNESCO.
The medal is in recognition of significant contributions to the development of nanosciences and nanotechnologies.

ECE Professor Vladimir Shalaev has been awarded the UNESCO Medal for his significant contributions to the development of nanosciences and nanotechnologies. UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) works to advance and promote science in the interests of peace, sustainable development and human security and well-being, in close collaboration with its Member States and a wide variety of partners. It is the only United Nations specialized agency, symbolized by the ‘S’ in the acronym, with a specific mandate for science.

Since its foundation in 1945 UNESCO has acted as a catalyst for the establishment of many, now leading, scientific unions and bodies such as CERN; and initiatives with far-reaching implications for sustainable human security and well-being, such as the Man and the Biosphere Programme, the International Hydrological Programme, and the International Oceanographic Commission, were launched in UNESCO’s first decades.