Natalia Litchinitser Elected Fellow of American Physical Society

Natalia Litchinitser, professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, has been elected a fellow of the American Physical Society (APS).

Fellowship in the APS is limited to no more than one half of 1 percent of the membership and recognizes outstanding contributions to physics.

Litchinitser was selected for fellowship status by her peers for her “fundamental contributions to linear and nonlinear light-matter interactions in metamaterials and structured light interactions with nanostructures.”

Her research interests include nonlinear and singular optics in metamaterials, light filamentation, photonic devices and optical communications. Potential applications include high-resolution optical imaging, as well as all-optical signal processing, multidimensional and secure communications, and sensing.

Litchinitser joined the UB faculty in 2008 after working in technical staff roles at OFS/Bell Laboratories and Tyco Submarine Systems. A fellow of the Optical Society of America, she was a member of the OFS/Bell Laboratories team that received R&D magazine’s 2002 “R&D 100 Award” for developing the rightwave™ tunable dispersion compensator (TDC), a state-of-the-art optical networking component for communication networks.

The R&D 100 Award is one of the most prestigious honors in applied research, having been given previously to such technological breakthroughs as the printer, the fax and the automatic teller machine.

Litchinitser is a recipient of UB’s 2014 Exceptional Scholar Award for Sustained Achievement. She received a doctorate in electrical engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology and master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Moscow State University.

Published December 20, 2014