Alexandra Boltasseva, Assistant Professor

Brief CV

Alexandra Boltasseva

School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
and Birck Nanotechnology Center
Purdue University
1205 West State Street, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA 47907-2057
Phone: +1 765 494 0301 Email: aeb@purdue.edu

Summary

Prof. Boltasseva's team specializes in nanophotonics, optical materials and nanotechnology focusing on materials for plasmonics and nanophotonic technologies, nanoscale optics, plasmonics, optical metamaterials, nanolithography, nanofabrication and material growth. The central theme of Boltasseva's research is to find new ways for realization of plasmonic and nanophotonic devices - from material building blocks to advanced designs and demonstrations. Prof. Boltasseva's team aims at developing new technological platforms to unlock properties of nanophotonic structures in previously unavailable designs and wavelength regimes and to enable new generations of low-loss, tunable, reconfigurable, semiconductor-compatible devices for applications in on-chip optics and optoelectronics, information processing, data recording/storage, nanoscale light manipulation, sensing, medical imaging and therapy, and energy conversion.

Education

1999 B.S. Applied Physics & Mathematics, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Russia (summa cum laude)
2000 M.S. Applied Physics & Mathematics, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Russia (summa cum laude)
2004 Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, Research Center COM, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark

Professional Career

Professor of ECE, Purdue University 08/2016 - present
Adjunct Lecturer, DTU Fotonik, Technical University of Denmark 07/2016 - present
Associate Prof. (tenured) of ECE, Purdue University 08/2013 - 07/2016
Adjunct Associate Professor, DTU Fotonik, Technical University of Denmark 10/2011 - 06/2016
Assistant Prof. (tenure track) at ECE, Purdue University 09/2008 - 08/2013
Guest Prof. at SAOT, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany 11/2009 - 12/2012
Associate Prof. (tenured) at DTU Fotonik, Technical University of Denmark 07/2008 - 08/2010
Assistant Professor at COMDTU, Technical University of Denmark 2007 - 2008
Post. Doc. at COMDTU, Technical University of Denmark 2005 - 2007
Research Scientist at Alight Technologies A/S, Denmark 2004 - 2005
Research Assistant at Micro Managed Photons A/S, Denmark 2002 - 2004
Research Assistant (M.S. research) at P. N. Lebedev Physical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia 1998 - 2000

Professional Recognitions, Honors, and Awards

2017 Fellow of the SPIE - International Society for Optical Engineers
2016 Editor-in-Chief, Optical Society of America (OSA)'s Optical Materials Express (2016 - present)
2015 Senior member of the SPIE - International Society for Optical Engineers
2015 National Academy of Engineering (NAE) U.S. Frontiers of Engineering (FOE) Symposium Invited Speaker, September 9-11, 2015, National Academies' Beckman Center in Irvine, California, USA
2015 Senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
2015 Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA)
2014 Selected to Purdue Innovator Hall of Fame, Purdue Research Foundation, Purdue University
2014 Inaugural "DANIELA PUCCI" prize at NanoPlasm Conference, June 16-20, 2014, Cetraro, Italy
2014 Elected to Materials Research Society Board of Directors (two-year term 2014-2016)
2014 University Faculty Scholar, College of Engineering, Purdue University (awarded to faculty 'on an accelerated path toward academic distinction' with additional funding for research)
2013 Materials Research Society (MRS) Outstanding Young Investigator Award (awarded annually to one young scientist for 'interdisciplinary scientific work in materials research and exceptional promise as a developing leader in the materials area')
2013 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Photonics Society Young Investigator Award (awarded annually to an individual who has made outstanding technical contributions to photonics prior to his or her 35th birthday)
2012 National Academy of Engineering (NAE) U.S. Frontiers of Engineering (FOE) Symposium participant, September 13-15, 2012, GM Technical Center, Warren, Michigan, USA (invitation-only symposium gathering 78 outstanding engineers under the age of 45)
2012 Purdue College of Engineering Early Career Research Award (for 'early excellence with clear potential for future preeminence in research')
2011 MIT Technology Review TR35 Award (Technology Review magazine published by MIT 'honors 35 innovators under 35 each year whose work promises to change the world')
2010 The Acorn Award: Seed for Success, Purdue (PI and co-PIs garnering $1 million or more in research grants, with Prof. Shalaev and Prof. Narimanov)
2009 Erlangen Graduate School in Advanced Optical Technologies (SAOT) Young Researcher Award in Advanced Optical Technologies, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany ('awarded annually to an outstanding young scientist in the field of optics and photonics', prize money EUR 100,000 to be used freely for establishing collaborative activities and research links to SAOT)
2009 Chicago Alumni New Faculty Award, Purdue faculty start-up package
2008 Young Researcher Participant, 58th Meeting of Nobel Prize Winners in Physics, Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings, Lindau, Germany (Nomination by the Danish Research Council, chosen in closed competition among young scientists worldwide, 1 out of total 2 participants from Denmark)
2008 "Ung Eliteforskerpris": Young Elite-Researcher Award from the Danish Councils for Independent Research, Denmark (awarded annually to only 20 scientists across all disciplines, including liberal arts)
2006 "UBVAs forfatterlegat": Danish Confederation of Professional Associations prize for PhD dissertation
2004 "Talent Project" grant from the Danish Technical Research Council, Denmark (independent postdoc grant to establish own activities)
1999 Lenin's scholarship for academic excellence, Russia (the highest award for academic excellence)
1996-
1999
Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology scholarships for academic excellence, Russia
1993,
1994
Winner of High-School Physics Olympics of Chuvash Republic, Russia
1993 Award for the best experimental work at All-Russian Physics Olympics, Russia

Publication Summary

7 invited book chapters, 138 research papers in refereed journals, over 100 invited talks at international conferences/schools and 50 invited lectures/seminars at leading universities and research centers.

Citation reports (January 1, 2018)

Source Total citations Highest citation Papers with citations>50 h-index
ISI web of Science 7,438 678 37 44
Google Scholar 11,850 1,006 53 53

Professional Society Activities and Memberships

  • Purdue Performance Collaborative faculty advisor
  • SPIE, International Society for Optical Engineers Fellow (2017)
  • Materials Research Society, MRS Congressional Visits Day participant, United States Congress, Washington, DC (October 2016)
  • Optical Society of America OSA Fellow (2015)
  • Elected member of the Materials Research Society, MRS Board of Directors (2014-2016)
  • Senior member, IEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (2015)
  • Materials Research Society, MRS Congressional Visits Day participant, United States Congress, Washington, DC (October 2014)
  • Optical Society of America OSA Student chapter advisor (2014-present), Purdue
  • SPIE, International Society for Optical Engineers Student chapter advisor (2014-present), Purdue
  • Member of the Advisory Network, Optical Society of America OSA (since 2011)
  • Member, Optical Society of America OSA (since 2009), senior member (since 2011)
  • Member, SPIE, International Society for Optical Engineers (since 2008), senior member (since 2015)
  • Materials Research Society, MRS member (since 2005)
  • Member Danish Optical Society, DOPS (2007-2009)
  • Member, Network for Women in Physics in Denmark, KIF (2005-2010)
  • Member, Nordic Network for Women in Physics, NorWiP (2005-2010)