Lakhtakia named distinguished alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology

October 02, 2014

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Akhlesh Lakhtakia, Charles Godfrey Binder Professor in Engineering Science and Mechanics, has been named a distinguished alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology (Banaras Hindu University) in Varanasi, India.

He was one of seven alumni to be honored at a ceremony in Lisle, Illinois, on Sept. 13.

Lakhtakia was cited for his wide-ranging research contributions.

He came to Penn State in 1983 as a postdoctoral scholar.

Lakhtakia became an assistant professor in 1984, an associate professor in 1991, a Distinguished Professor in 2003 and the Charles Godfrey Binder Professor in 2005.

His research interests are in theory of scattering and propagation of electromagnetic, acoustic and electromagnetic waves; isotropic chiral, anisotropic and bianisotropic materials; composite materials and metamaterials; sculptured thin films; negative refractive index; carbon–nanotube electromagnetics; nanophotonics; surface multiplasmonics; bioreplication; forensic science; and bone repair.

Lakhtakia's awards and honors include the 2010 SPIE Technical Achievement Award; the University of Utah's Distinguished Alumnus Award; Penn State's Faculty Scholar Medal, and the Penn State Engineering Alumni Society's Premier Research, Outstanding Advising and Outstanding Research Awards.

He is a fellow of the Optical Society of America, SPIE, the Institute of Physics (United Kingdom), the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Physical Society.

Lakhtakia has authored or co-authored dozens of books and more than 700 journal articles. He founded SPIE's online Journal of Nanophotonics and edited it for seven years.

Lakhtakia has served on dozens of committees at the University, college and department level.

He holds a bachelor of engineering in electronics engineering degree from Banaras Hindu University, a master of science degree and doctorate in electrical engineering from the University of Utah, and a doctorate of science in electronics engineering from Banaras Hindu University.

Last Updated January 09, 2015