2010 Waynick Lecture

"Modern Day Alchemy with Metamaterials: Invisibility Cloaks and Superlenses in the Geosciences"

Friday, April 30 - 8:00 p.m.
Cybertorium, 113 IST Building - Penn State University
University Park, PA

Smith is currently the William Bevan Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke University and serves as Director of the Center for Metamaterial and Integrated Plasmonics. He holds a secondary faculty appointment in the Physics Department at Duke University and is a visiting professor of physics at Imperial College, London. Smith received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, San Diego, with interests in the theory, simulation and characterization of unique electromagnetic structures, including photonic crystals, metamaterials and plasmonic nano-structures. Currently, Smith is the lead on a multiple university research initiative involving four universities investigating transformation optical media sponsored by the Army Research Office. His recent work has focused on the demonstration of a variety of optical components based on long-range plasmons, including couplers, bends, multimode couplers and interferometers.

Smith is a member of The Electromagnetics Academy; was part of a team receiving the Descartes Research Prize, awarded by the European Union; and was selected as one of the “Scientific American 50” in 2006. In 2008, Smith was presented with a numbered coin from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Defense Services Office for his metamaterial contributions and was a panelist in a congressional briefing. Smith’s work has twice appeared on the cover of Physics Today, and twice has been selected as one of the “Top Ten Breakthroughs” of the year by Science Magazine. In 2009, Smith was named a "Citation Laureate" by Thomson-Reuters ISI Web of Knowledge for having the most numbered of highly cited papers in the field of Physics over the past decade.

David Smith
Presented by:
David R. Smith, Ph.D.

William Bevan Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering,
Duke University

Center for Metamaterial and Integrated Plasmonics,


Arthur Henry Waynick

Dr. Waynick profoundly influenced the course of radio science and atmospheric research, both in the United States and abroad. His interest in these fields was established during a period of study at the Cavendish Laboratory from 1937-39. He returned to the United States in 1939, worked in the Harvard University Underwater Sound Laboratory, then transferred to Penn State in 1947. Here he joined the Department of Electrical Engineering and served as head and as the first departmental A. Robert Noll Professor until his retirement in 1971.

In 1949 he founded the Ionosphere Research Laboratory, later to become the

Communications and Space Sciences Laboratory at Penn State, served as its director until his retirement, and continued an active participation until his death. Of particular note was his policy of bringing together a group of outstanding international scientists as resident consultants to the laboratory, a program that proved immensely productive in engaging both staff and students in cooperative research activities in important new fields of study. He was chairman of the U. S. National Committee of URSI in 1954 and was a member of the U. S. National Committee for the IGY, the NSF Advisory Panel of the IQSY, and the National Academy of Sciences Geophysical Research Board Panel on the IQSY. He was a member of the National Academy of Sciences Space Science Board Committee on Atmospheres of the Earth and the Planets and also served as chairman of the NSF Advisory Panel on Atmospheric Sciences. He was a Fellow of the IEEE and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

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