Cai Elected Optica Fellow for Pioneering Work in Plasmonics and Metamaterials

Wenshan Cai, 2017 ONR Young Investigator Award Recipient

Wenshan Cai has achieved a prestigious milestone by being elected to the Optica (formerly OSA), Advancing Optics and Photonics Worldwide, 2024 Fellow Class. A professor in the Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cai earned the fellowship for his groundbreaking contributions in plasmonics and metamaterials, encompassing both original discoveries and knowledge dissemination.

Since becoming a part of the Georgia Tech faculty in 2012, where he holds a joint appointment in Materials Science and Engineering, Cai has played a pivotal role in advancing research on nanophotonic materials and devices. Notably, his authored work, "Optical Metamaterials: Fundamentals and Applications," serves as a globally recognized textbook and reference.

Cai's accolades include the OSA/SPIE Joseph W. Goodman Book Writing Award, the CooperVision Science & Technology Award, and the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award. He is also a Fellow of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics.

Optica Fellows, a select group representing no more than 10 percent of the total membership, are individuals who have demonstrated exceptional dedication to advancing optics and photonics. The election process is highly competitive, with candidates recommended by the Fellow Members Committee and subsequently approved by the Awards Council and Board of Directors.

Alongside 128 other distinguished individuals, Cai will be honored at Optica conferences and events throughout 2024. The comprehensive list of the 2024 Optica Fellows is accessible online.

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