College of Engineering Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs Selim Unlu announced the recipient of the College’s Distinguished Lecturer Award—Professor Irving Bigio (ECE, BME)—and the Early Career Research Excellence Award—Assistant Professor Luca Dal Negro (ECE)—at the ENG faculty meeting on December 16.
The annual Distinguished Lecturer Award honors a faculty member engaged in outstanding, high impact research, and provides the recipient with a public forum to discuss and showcase research before the Boston University academic community.
Bigio will present the lecture “Skipping the light fantastic: Detecting cancer, and things that precede cancer, with scattered light” in March.
Bigio’s research concerns the development of minimally invasive diagnostics and therapeutics based on optical technologies. His work is part of a growing effort to reduce health care costs through preventive medicine, early diagnosis, reduced invasiveness of procedures and outpatient procedures. A fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and the Optical Society of America, Bigio has won three R&D 100 Awards for minimally invasive diagnostics.
Since joining the Boston University community in 2001, Bigio has earned joint appointments in the Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Physics and Medicine. He currently serves as chair of the annual Photonics “Future of Light” Symposium and organizer of the BME Senior Design Project Conference. Previously, he was a research scientist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
The annual Excellence in Research Award celebrates the significant, recent and high impact research accomplishments of tenure-track faculty less than 10 years removed from their Ph.D.
Luca Dal Negro joined the College of Engineering in 2006, three years after receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Trento in Italy. Already recognized as a leader in the field of nanophotonics, Dal Negro has published more than 60 journal articles (more than 30 in 2008 and 2009) and received invitations to speak at 26 seminars.
Dal Negro’s research centers on the fabrication and optical characterization of novel nano-optical materials and photonic structures. He has made several noteworthy contributions to the study of the optics of metallic nanostructures, and nanoplasmonics; light-emitting silicon nanocrystals; and deterministic aperiodic optical materials.