by Lea Rivel

Distinguished Professor of Engineering Siddharth Ramachandran has been elected to the rank of AAAS Fellow, on behalf of the Council of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. 

Each year, the Council carefully elects Fellows with scientifically and socially distinguished undertakings aimed at the advancement of science or its applications. Ramachandran is being honored for “pioneering contributions to the generation, control, and propagation of singular states of light, enabling applications spanning classical and quantum communications, imaging, and high-power lasers.”

The annual Fellows Forum will be held in Washington, D.C. on September 21, 2024, along with a gala celebrating the 150th anniversary of the AAAS Fellows program.

Named a Distinguished Professor of Engineering in 2022, Ramachandran’s research centers on nonlinear, ultrafast and quantum photonics, fibers and guided-wave devices, brain imaging, classical & quantum networks, and other related topics. Ramachandran, along with industry collaborator Poul Kristensen of OFS Optics and Zelin Ma (ECE PhD ‘23), published a paper last year in Science demonstrating their groundbreaking new method for increasing data capacity in optical fibers, a solution with significant implications for tomorrow’s internet.

Professor Ramachandran is already a Fellow of IEEE, APS, OSA, and SPIE, and in 2019, was named a Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellow by the Department of Defense, the agency’s most prestigious award given to an individual researcher. He served as a Distinguished Visiting Fellow of the UK Royal Academy of Engineering in 2016, and as an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer from 2013 to 2015. Ramachandran earned his PhD from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1998.