Alice White

Chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department Professor (ME, MSE, BME, Physics)

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Chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department
Professor (ME, MSE, BME, Physics)

  • Primary Appointment Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Education Ph.D., Harvard
  • Additional Affiliations Division of Materials Science & Engineering
    Department of Biomedical Engineering
    Department of Physics
    Photonics Center
    BU Nano
  • Honors and Awards Fellow, Optical Society of America, 2013
    Fellow, IEEE Photonics Society, 2010
    Fellow, American Physical Society, 1995
  • Areas of Interest Nanofabrication, 3D Printing


Alice White joined the College of Engineering of Boston University in 2013 from Bell Labs, where she held various leadership positions including Director of Materials Physics Research, Director of Integrated Photonics Research, VP of the Physical Technologies Research Center, President of the NJ Nanotechnology Consortium, location leader for Bell Labs North America, and finally Chief Scientist. She has a Ph.D. in physics from Harvard University and a broad technical background in experimental solid-state physics and fabrication of optical components. In 1991, she received the Maria Goeppert-Mayer Award of the American Physical Society for her work on compound formation using ion implantation.  She was named a Bell Labs Fellow in 2001 for her work in “developing and applying novel integrated photonic device technologies in advanced optical networks”. With over 125 publications and 7 patents issued/pending, she is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the IEEE Photonics Society, and the Optical Society of America.  At BU, she leads a department with 51 faculty members.  In 2014, she established the Multiscale Laser Lithography Lab and is developing mechanical metamaterials for biological studies using a laser direct write technology.  This research is one thrust of a recently established BU-led NSF Engineering Research Center (ERC), CELL-MET.  In addition to her role in Mechanical Engineering, she is a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, a Professor of Biomedical Engineering, and a Professor of Physics, as well as an affiliate of the BU Photonics Center and BU Nano.


Affiliation: Administration & Staff (ME), Primary & Affiliated Faculty (BME), Primary & Affiliated Faculty (ME), Primary & Affiliated Faculty (MSE), Primary Faculty (MSE)