Featuring presentations by a select group of world-class experts, this symposium celebrates the groundbreaking contributions of Dr. Nader Engheta in complex electromagnetic structures, plasmonics, optical nanocircuitry, and wave-based computing. The speakers discuss the current and future trends in the physics of light/matter interaction and present the latest innovations in electromagnetic and optical materials which promise to have broad applications in ultrafast computing, communication technologies, and high-resolution imaging.



recipient of the

2023 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Electrical Engineering

Nader Engheta is the H. Nedwill Ramsey Professor at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, with affiliations in the Departments of Electrical and Systems Engineering, Physics and Astronomy, Bioengineering, and Materials Science and Engineering.  He received his BS degree from the University of Tehran, and his MS and Ph.D. degrees from Caltech.  His current research activities span a broad range of areas including optics, metamaterials, electrodynamics, microwaves, photonics, nano-optics, graphene photonics, imaging and sensing inspired by eyes of animal species, microwave and optical antennas, and physics and engineering of fields and waves.

He has received several awards for his research including the Isaac Newton Medal and Prize from the Institute of Physics (UK), Max Born Award from the OPTICA (formerly Optical Society), Ellis Island Medal of Honor, IEEE Pioneer Award in Nanotechnology, Hermann Anton Haus Lecture at MIT, SPIE Gold Medal, the Balthasar van der Pol Gold Medal from the International Union of Radio Science (URSI), the William Streifer Scientific Achievement Award, the Canadian Academy of Engineering as an International Fellow, the Fellow of US National Academy of Inventors (NAI), the IEEE Electromagnetics Award, the Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship Award from DoD, the Wheatstone Lecture in King’s College London, 2006 Scientific American Magazine 50 Leaders in Science and Technology, and the Guggenheim Fellowship. 

He is a Fellow of nine international scientific and technical organizations: IEEE, OPTICA, APS, MRS, SPIE, URSI, AAAS, IOP and NAI.  He has received honorary doctoral degrees from the Aalto University in Finland in 2016, the University of Stuttgart, Germany in 2016, and Ukraine’s National Technical University Kharkov Polytechnic Institute in 2017.


The symposium will be hosted at the Inn at Villanova, located down the way from the Villanova University campus. The Inn offers free on-site parking, and is also accessible via the SEPTA Norristown High Speed Rail Line utilizing the County Line Station stop.

The symposium will also be live-streamed for those who want to attend virtually: bit.ly/fisymp23virtual

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