Nader Engheta

Nader Engheta
Standing Faculty

Secondary Appointment Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Primary Appointment Professor in Electrical & Systems Engineering

H. Nedwill Ramsey Professor, School of Engineering


200 South 33rd Street, Room 215, Moore Building


Nader Engheta is the H. Nedwill Ramsey Professor of Electrical and Systems Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. He received the BS degree (with highest rank) in electrical engineering from the University of Tehran, the MS degree in electrical engineering and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering (with a minor in physics) both from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). After spending one year as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Caltech and four years as a Senior Research Scientist at Kaman Sciences Corporation's Dikewood Division in Santa Monica, CA, he joined the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania, where he rose through the ranks and is currently H. Nedwill Ramsey Professor of Electrical and Systems Engineering. He is also a member of the Mahoney Institute of Neurological Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, and holds secondary appointments in the Department of Bioengineering and the Department of Physics and Astronomy at University of Pennsylvania. He was the graduate group chair of electrical engineering from July 1993 to June 1997.


Selected as one of the Scientific American Magazine 50 Leaders in Science and Technology in 2006 for developing the concept of optical lumped nanocircuits, he is a Guggenheim Fellow, an IEEE Third Millennium Medalist, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)the American Physical Society (APS)the IEEE, the Optical Society of America (OSA), and the SPIE-The International Society for Optical Engineering, and has received various awards and distinctions for his scholarly research contributions and teaching activities including the 2012 IEEE Electromagnetics Award, the 2008 George H. Heilmeier Award for Excellence in Research from University of Pennsylvania, theUPS Foundation Distinguished Educator term Chair for July 1999-June 2000, the Fulbright Naples Chair award for Naples, Italy, a NSF Presidential Young Investigator (PYI) award, two times (1993, 2002) recipient of the S. Reid Warren, Jr. Award for distinguished teaching from UPenn's School of Engineering and Applied Science, the Christian F. and Mary R. Lindback Foundation Award, and the W. M. Keck Foundation's 1995 Engineering Teaching Excellence Award. He has given numerous plenary, keynote, and invited talks at various symposia and conferences in his broad range of research interest.

He is on the Editorial Board of the journal of Metamaterials and on the board of the journal of Waves in Random and Complex Media, was an Associate Editor of The IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters (2002-2007), the IEEE Transactions on Antenna and Propagation (1996-2001), and the Radio Science (1991-1996). He was on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Electromagnetic Waves and Applications. He was an IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society Distinguished Lecturer during the period 1997-1999. He is a member of the Sigma Xi, Commissions B, D, and K of the U.S. National Committee (USNC) of the International Union of Radio Science (URSI), and a member of the Electromagnetics Academy. He was the Chair (1989-91) and Vice-Chair (1988-89) of the joint chapter of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation / Microwave Theory and Techniques in the Philadelphia Section. He was an elected member of the Administrative Committee (AdCom) of the IEEE Society of Antennas and Propagation from January 2003 till December 2005. He was a member-at-large of the USNC-URSI from January 2005 till December 2008, the Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect of Commission B of USNC from January 2006 till December 2008, and the Chair of this Commission from January 2009 till December 2011. He was the Vice-Chair of the Gordon Research Conference on Plasmonics in 2010, and was the Chair for this conference in 2012.

He has published numerous journal papers, book chapters, and conference articles. He has organized and chaired various special sessions in international symposia and conferences, and has guest edited/co-edited several special issues, namely, the special issue of Journal of Electromagnetic Waves and Applicationson the topic of "Wave Interaction with Chiral and Complex Media" in 1992, the part special issue of theJournal of the Franklin Institute on the topic of "Antennas and Microwaves (from the 13th Annual Benjamin Franklin Symposium) in 1995, the special issue of the Wave Motion on the topic of "Electrodynamics in Complex Environments" (with L. B. Felsen) in 2001, the special issue of the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation on the topic of "Metamaterials" (with R. W. Ziolkowski) in 2003; the part Special issue of the Solid States Communications on the topic of "Negative Refraction and Metamaterials for Optical Science and Engineering" (with G. Shvets) in 2008, Special issue of the IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics on the topic of “Metamaterials" (with V. Shalaev, N. Litchinitser, R. McPhedran, E. Shamonina, and T. Klar) in 2010, and the issue of the Proceedings of the IEEE on "Metamaterials: Fundamentals and Applications in Microwaves and Optical Regimes" (with G. Eleftheriades) in October 2011. He has co-edited (with R. Ziolkowski) the book "Metamaterials: Engineering and Physics Explorations", Wiley-IEEE Press, June 2006.




Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering (with a minor in Physics), Caltech.

MS in Electrical Engineering, Caltech.

BS in Electrical Engineering (highest rank), University of Tehran.


Research Interests

His current research activities span a broad range of areas including metamaterials and plasmonics, nanooptics and nanophotonics, graphene metamaterials and graphene optics, one-way flow of photons and electrons, bio-inspired sensing and imaging, miniaturized antennas and nanoantennas, physics and reverse-engineering of polarization vision in nature, mathematics of fractional operators, and physics of fields and waves phenomena. (Click here to view his research interests)

Selected Publications

View Prof. Engheta's publication list here.


Primary appointment is in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, University of Pennsylvania.

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