By Mark Dwortzan
The Optical Society of America (OSA) has selected Assistant Professor Hatice Altug (ECE, MSE) as the 2012 recipient of its Adolph Lomb Medal. Established in 1940, the award is presented to early career researchers who have made a significant contribution to the field of optics.
Through the Lomb Medal, the OSA recognizes Altug for “breakthrough contributions on integrated optical nano-biosensor and nanospectroscopy technologies based on nanoplasmonics, nanofluidics and novel nanofabrication.” She will receive a silver medal, certificate and $3,000 honorarium at an OSA conference this year.
“I am very honored to receive this medal and humbled to join past winners who contributed greatly to the field of optics,” said Altug. “I would like to acknowledge the hard work of my graduate students and valuable support from my mentors.”
A College of Engineering faculty member since 2007, Altug’s research involves confining and manipulating light at the nanoscale to dramatically improve biosensing capabilities. Initiating several advances in the fields of nanophotonics, nanoplasmonics and integrated nanofluidics over the past eight years, she has developed state-of-the-art technologies for real-time, label-free and high-throughput detection of very low quantities of biological molecules such as proteins and viruses. She has also contributed to the National Science Foundation Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center’s effort to build energy-efficient lighting-based communication and biochemical sensing systems in rooms.
Named as one of Popular Science magazine’s top 10 young scientists and engineers for 2010, Altug received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers and a Photonics Society Young Investigator Award in 2011.