Plenary speakers


Chiara Daraio
California Institute of Technology, Pasadena (USA) 

"Tunable, on-chip phononic devices operating at MHz frequencies"

Professor Daraio received her undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Universit├á Politecnica delle Marche, Italy (2001). She received her M.S. (2003) and Ph.D. degrees (2006) in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of California, San Diego. She joined the Aeronautics and Applied Physics departments of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in fall of 2006 and was promoted full professor in 2010. From January 2013 to August 2016, she joined the department of Mechanical and Process Engineering at ETH Z├╝rich, with a chair in Mechanics and Materials. She returned at Caltech in August 2016, as a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Physics. She received a Presidential Early Career Award from President Obama (PECASE) in 2012, was elected as a Sloan Research Fellow in 2011 and received an ONR Young Investigator Award in 2010. She is also a winner of the NSF CAREER award (2009), of the Richard Von Mises Prize (2008) and received the Hetenyi Award from the Society for Experimental Mechanics (2015). She was selected by Popular Science magazine among the "Brilliant 10" (2010). She serves as a Board Editor for Science (AAAS) and as an Associate Editor for the journal Extreme Mechanics Letters (Elsevier) and Multifunctional Materials (IOP). A complete list of publications and research information can be found at:


Emil Prodan
Yeshiva University, New York (USA)

"Topological Band Gaps in Metamaterials"

Dr. Emil Prodan received BS and MS degrees in theoretical and mathematical physics from University of Bucharest. His advisor for the MS degree was Gheorghe Nenciu. He received another MS degree in theoretical physics from University of Houston and then he graduated with a PhD from Rice University in theoretical physics. His advisor at Rice University was Peter Nordlander. Dr. Prodan received further postdoctoral training at University of California Santa Barbara under the direction of Walter Kohn. He was also a fellow of the Princeton Center for Complex Materials at Princeton University, where he was sponsored by Roberto Car and Duncan Haldane. Dr. Prodan joined the Physics Department of Yeshiva University in 2007, where he is now a full professor of physics. In 2009, Dr. Prodan predicted that topological phonons are ubiquitous in mechanical lattices when Lorentz forces are present and, together with Camelia Prodan, provided the first mechanical model displaying the physics of the Integer Quantum Hall Effect. Dr. Prodan was awarded the NSF-CAREER award to study the effect of disorder in topological insulators using the methods of Non-Commutative Geometry. He and Camelia received one of the 2016 Keck Foundation awards in science and engineering for the project "Engineering New Materials Based on Topological Phonon Edge Modes".


Daniel Sievenpiper
University of California at San Diego (USA)

"Chiral and Topological Surface Waves and Line Waves on Metasurfaces"

Professor Daniel Sievenpiper earned his PhD from UCLA in 1999, and joined HRL Laboratories (the former Hughes Research Labs) in Malibu, CA. During the following 11 years, he and his team developed new electromagnetic structures, with an emphasis on small, conformal, tunable, and steerable antennas. In 2010 he joined UC San Diego, where his research is focused on artificial media, and the integration of active electronics with electromagnetic structures and antennas to enable new capabilities and applications. In 2008, Dan received the URSI Issac Koga Gold Medal, and also the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society Piergiorgio Uslenghi Letters Prize Paper Award. In 2009, he was named as a Fellow of the IEEE. During 2010-2017, Dan served as an associate editor of IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters. He also served as the chair of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society Administrative Committee on New Technology Directions from 2013-2014, and as the general chair of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Symposium and URSI Radio Science Meeting which was held in San Diego in 2017. Dan currently has more than 70 issued patents and more than 120 publications.


Isabelle Staude
University Jena (Germany)

"Nonlinear, tunable and light-emitting all-dielectric metasurfaces"

Prof. Dr. Isabelle Staude studied physics at the University of Konstanz, and received her Ph.D. degree from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany, in 2011. Afterwards, she joined the Nonlinear Physics Centre, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, as a postdoc, working on optical nanoantennas and metamaterials. In 2015, she moved to the Institute of Applied Physics at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany, to establish an experimental research group on functional photonic nanostructures. Her current research is focusing on semiconductor nanoresonators and their use as highly efficient nanoantennas and as building blocks of photonic metasurfaces. For her research, Isabelle received the Hertha-Sponer Preis 2017 of the German Physical Society (DPG), and she was recently appointed as a member of the German Young Academy (Junge Akademie).

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