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Lakhtakia, Akhlesh

Lakhtakia, Akhlesh

Charles Godfrey Binder Professor in Engineering Science and Mechanics

Office phone: (814) 863-4319
Office address: 206 Earth and Engineering Sciences Building
Office hours: T,R 3:00 - 4:00pm
Office hours Location: 206 EES Building
Office hours Phone: (814) 863-4319
E-mail: axl4@psu.edu
Homepage: http://www.esm.psu.edu/~axl4


Educational Background

  • D.Sc., Electronics Engineering, Banaras Hindu University, 2006
  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, University of Utah, 1983
  • M.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Utah, 1981
  • B.Eng. (1st in University), Electronics Engineering, Banaras Hindu University, 1979

Years of Service with Penn State (29 years)

Recent Principal Publications

  • John A. Polo Jr., Tom G. Mackay, and Akhlesh Lakhtakia (2013) Electromagnetic Surface Waves: A Modern Perspective, Elsevier, Waltham, MA.
  • Raul J. Martin-Palma (2013) Engineered Biomimicry, Elsevier, Waltham, MA.
  • Tom G. Mackay and Akhlesh Lakhtakia (2010) Electromagnetic Anisotropy and Bianisotropy, World Scientific, Singapore.
  • Raul J. Martin-Palma and Akhlesh Lakhtakia (2010) Nanotechnology: A Crash Course, SPIE Press, Bellingham, WA.
  • Mohammed Zourob and Akhlesh Lakhtakia, Eds. (2010) Optical Guided-wave Chemical and Biosensors, Vols. I and II, Springer, Heidelberg, Germany.

Consulting, Patents, and Scientific and Professional Society Memberships

  • American Physical Society, Fellow (2012 – Present)
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science, Fellow (2009 – Present)
  • Institute of Physics (UK), Fellow (1996 – Present)
  • SPIE, Fellow (1996 – Present)
  • Optical Society of America, Fellow (1992 – Present)

Honors and Awards

  • Honorary International Chair Professor, National Taipei University of Technology (2012)
  • Distinguished Reviewer (Inaugural Class), Optical Society of America (2012)
  • Traveling Lecturer (Mexico), SPIE (2012)
  • International Lecturer (Mongolia), Optical Society of America (2012)
  • International Lecturer (India), Optical Society of America (2012)
  • 2011 Penn State Faculty Trading Cards, Penn State (2011)
  • 2010 Technical Achievement Award, SPIE (2010)
  • Distinguished Lecturer (Electrical Engineering), University of Texas at Dallas (2008)
  • PSES Premier Research Award, Pennsylvania State Univeersity (2008)
  • University Distinguished Alumnus, University of Utah (2007)
  • Plenary Lecturer, SPIE (2007)
  • Charles Godfrey Binder Professorship, Pennsylvania State University (2006)
  • Nano 50 Award for Innovation, Nanotech Briefs (2006)
  • Faculty Scholar Medal, Pennsylvania State University (2006)
  • PSES Outstanding Advising Award, Pennsylvania State University (2006)
  • Nano 50 Award for Nanotechnology, Nanotech Briefs (2005)
  • Distinguished Professorship, Pennsylvania State University (2004)
  • International Lecturer (Kyrgyzstan), Optical Society of America (2003)
  • PSES Outstanding Research Award, Pennsylvania State University (1996)
  • Scottish Amicable Lecturer, University of Glasgow (1995)
  • Certificate of Appreciation, IEEE Electromagnetics Compaitibility Society (1994)
  • International Lecturer (India), Optical Society of America (1993)
  • Traveling Lecturer (Argentina), International Commission for Optics (1992)
  • University Graduate Fellowship, University of Utah (1982)
  • BHU Gold Medal, Banaras Hindu University (1979)
  • National Merit Scholarship, Government of India (1975)
  • Undergraduate Scholarship (1974–1979), University Grants Commission, India (1974)
  • National Science Talent Search Award, Government of India (1974)

Recent Institutional and Professional Service

  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Optics (India) (2011 – Present)
  • Chair, Publications Ethics Subcommittee, SPIE (2008 – Present)
  • Advisory Board Member, Optics Communications (Apr 2006 – Present)
  • Member, Publications Committee, SPIE (2006 – Present)
  • Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Nanophotonics (2006 – Present)
  • Editorial Board Member, Electromagnetics (Apr 2003 – Present)
  • Editorial Board Member, Optik (Mar 1998 – Present)
  • Editorial Board Member, Microwave and Optical Technology Letters (Apr 1997 – Present)
  • I have been an external examiner of 19 PhD theses from India, Pakistan, Australia, Israel, Malaysia, France, and Bulgaria; 24 Promotion & Tenure dossiers from USA, UK, Greece, Israel, Pakistan, and Singapore; and 2 Sabbatical Leave proposal from Saudi Arabia.
  • I review about between 40 and 50 papers every year. I have reviewed papers for 141 journals, research proposals for 14 US and international organizations, book proposals for 9 publishers, and books for 7 journals.
  • Chair of 15 international conferences. Chair of sessions at numerous conferences.
  • Editorial Board Member, SPIE Reviews (2012 – 2015)
  • Member, ASME Press Advisory and Oversight Committee, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (2004 – 2008)
  • Member, Publications Ethics Subcommittee, SPIE (2007 – 2007)
  • Editorial Board Member, AEÜ International Journal of Electronics & Communications (Feb 2003 – July 2006)
  • Editorial Board Member, SPIE Nanotechnology E-Bulletin (Jan 2004 – Dec 2005)
  • Member, Publications Committee, SPIE (2002 – 2004)
  • Editor-in-Chief, Speculations in Science and Technology (1993 – 1996)
  • American Editor, Speculations in Science and Technology (1991 – 1992)

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