On April 19th, 2023, the Penn State Department of Electrical Engineering hosted the annual Spring Award Ceremony in the Robb Hall at the Hintz Alumni Center. During this year’s event, Two out of four prestigious awards were given to members of the NanoLight group, with Mrs. Lidan Zhang receiving the Nirmal K. Bose Dissertation Excellence Award, and Mr. Shengyuan Chang receiving the Melvin P. Bloom Memorial Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in Electrical Engineering. Each recipient was awarded a certificate, a department merch, and a prize of $1,000. Both awards recognize the research of the recipients during their Ph.D. studies and featured in their dissertations and are given to senior Ph.D. students near graduation on an annual basis.
As the most senior members of the NanoLight group, both Lidan and Shengyuan have made significant contributions to the research on nanophotonics and optical metasurfaces. The title of Lidan Zhang’s dissertation is “Structuring light in space and time with metasurfaces” and the title of Shengyuan Chang’s dissertation is “Pushing optical metalenses to the limits: towards large aperture, broadband achromatic designs”.