Plenary speakers

Sergei Tretyakov
"Electromagnetic metamaterials: Past, present, and future"

Professor Sergei A. Tretyakov (Fellow, IEEE), received the Dipl. Engineer-Physicist, the Candidate of Sciences (PhD), and the Doctor of Sciences degrees (all in radiophysics) from the St. Petersburg State Technical University (Russia), in 1980, 1987, and 1995, respectively. From 1980 to 2000 he was with the Radiophysics Department of the St. Petersburg State Technical University. From the year 2000 he has been working in Helsinki University of Technology (Finland), which became Aalto University in 2010, after a merge with two other universities in Helsinki. Presently, he is professor of radio engineering at the Department of Radio Science and Engineering, Aalto University, Finland. He was the founder and the first chairman of the St. Petersburg IEEE ED/MTT/AP Chapter (1995-1998), Member of the European Microwave Conferences Management Committee (2000-2002), President of the Virtual Institute for Artificial Electromagnetic Materials and Metamaterials (”Metamorphose VI”), an International Association of European universities (2007–2013), and the General chair of the International Congress Series on Advanced Electromagnetic Materials in Microwaves and Optics (Metamaterials)  from 2007 to 2013. At present, he is a Deputy Member, URSI (International Union of Radio Science) Finnish National Committee, (from 2006) and a Steering Committee Member, European Doctoral Degree Programmes on Metamaterials EUPROMETA. The main scientific interests of prof. S. Tretyakov are electromagnetic  field theory, complex media electromagnetics, antennas, and microwave engineering. He is the author or co-author of four research monographs, 16 book chapters, and more than 240 journal papers.
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Steve Cummer
"Acoustic metamaterials"

Steven A. Cummer is currently Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke University.  He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1997 and spent two years at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center as a National Research Council postdoctoral research associate before joining Duke.  He was also a Visiting Fellow at the University of Otago in New Zealand in 2009.  His current research interests span a variety of theoretical and experimental topics in complex materials for controlling electromagnetic and acoustic wave propagation, and in geophysical remote sensing with a focus on lightning and atmospheric electricity.  He has written or coauthored more than 170 papers in refereed journals, is a Fellow of the IEEE, and received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) in 2001.

Mark Brongersma
"Device applications of semiconductor metafilms and metasurfaces"

Mark Brongersma is a Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University. He received his PhD from the FOM Institute in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, in 1998. From 1998-2001 he was a postdoctoral research fellow at the California Institute of Technology, where he coined the term ‘plasmonics’. His current research is directed towards the development and physical analysis of nanostructured materials that find application in nanoscale electronic and photonic devices. Brongersma received a National Science Foundation Career Award, the Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching, the International Raymond and Beverly Sackler Prize in the Physical Sciences (Physics) for his work on plasmonics, and is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America, the SPIE, and the American Physical Society.

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