Aydin Earns 2017 Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award

The program seeks to identify and support academic scientists who show exceptional promise for doing creative research.

Prof. Koray Aydin

Prof. Koray Aydin has received a 2017 Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award for his research project “Active Nanophotonics in the Flatland with Novel Hybrid Metasurfaces.” 

The Office of Naval Research's (ONR) Young Investigator Program (YIP) seeks to identify and support academic scientists and engineers who are in their first or second full-time tenure-track or tenure-track-equivalent academic appointment, have begun their first appointment on or after 04 November 2011, and who show exceptional promise for doing creative research. The objectives of this program are to attract outstanding faculty members of Institutions of Higher Education (hereafter also called "universities") to the Department of the Navy's research program, to support their research, and to encourage their teaching and research careers.

Prof. Aydin is Principal Investigator of the Metamaterials and Nanophotonic Devices Lab (MNDL), whose research is mainly focused on the broad area of nanophotonics, an emerging field strategically positioned at the intersection of electrical engineering, applied physics, materials science and nanoscience. MNDL explores optical metamaterials, plasmonics, and solid-state nanophotonics to understand the interaction between light and nanoscale photonic materials and to control and manipulate these interactions at will. Their groups ultimate aim is to design, fabricate and characterize metamaterials and nanophotonic devices with reduced dimensions, improved performances, and novel optical and photonic functionalities.