Five WNCG Faculty Named Highly Cited Researchers

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December 3, 2020

Andrea AlùJeffrey G. AndrewsAlan BovikRobert Heath, and Nanshu Lu have been named Highly Cited Researchers for 2020. The annual list from Clarivate recognizes influential researchers from around the world.

Researchers named to the list are selected for “exceptional performance” in one or more of 21 fields in the sciences and social sciences. Clarivate awards the distinction based on “contemporary achievement.” This is demonstrated by papers published and cited in journals indexed in the Web of Science Core Collection™ during the 11-year period prior to the award. The 2020 list was compiled through a review of work from 2009-2019. Of the work published in that time period, papers ranked in the top 1% by citations for field and publication year are considered “highly cited.”

Andrea Alù is the founding director of the Photonics Initiative at the CUNY Advanced Science Research Center, Einstein Professor of Physics at the CUNY Graduate Center, and Professor of Electrical Engineering at The City College of New York. He is affiliated with the Wireless Networking and Communications Group and the Applied Research Laboratories, both based at the University of Texas at Austin, where he is a Senior Research Scientist and Adjunct Professor. His research interests span over a broad range of technical areas, including applied electromagnetics, nano-optics and nanophotonics, microwave, THz, infrared, optical and acoustic metamaterials and metasurfaces, plasmonics, nonlinearities and nonreciprocity, cloaking and scattering, acoustics, optical nanocircuits and nanoantennas.

Jeffrey Andrews received the B.S. in Engineering with High Distinction from Harvey Mudd College, and the M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. He is the Cockrell Family Endowed Chair in Engineering, in the Dept. of ECE at the University of Texas at Austin. He developed CDMA systems at Qualcomm from 1995-97, and has consulted for many technology companies and government agencies over the last two decades. Dr. Andrews has received the 2019 IEEE Tomayisu Award, the 2015 Terman Award, a 2007 NSF CAREER award and has been co-author of fifteen best paper award recipients, including seven annual IEEE journal paper awards. He is co-author of the books Fundamentals of WiMAX and Fundamentals of LTE and is an IEEE Fellow.  He was a member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Information Theory Society from 2013-18 and was the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications from 2014-16.

Alan Bovik holds the Cockrell Family Endowed Regents Chair in Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, where he is Director of the Laboratory for Image and Video Engineering (LIVE). He is a faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the Wireless Networking and Communication Group (WNCG), and the Institute for Neuroscience. His research interests include digital television, digital photography, visual perception, social media, and image and video processing. Dr. Bovik has received a number of major international awards, including: the Progress Medal from the Royal Photographic Society (2019), the IEEE Fourier Award (2019), the Edwin H. Land Medal from the Optical Society of America (2017), a primetime Emmy award (2015), and the Norbert Wiener Society Award (2013), among others.

Robert Heath is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at North Carolina State University. He is an Adjunct Professor and Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. He is also President and CEO of MIMO Wireless Inc., Chief Innovation Officer at Kuma Signals LLC. His research interests include several aspects of wireless communication and signal processing: limited feedback techniques, multihop networking, multiuser and multicell MIMO, interference alignment, adaptive video transmission, manifold signal processing, and millimeter wave communication techniques. Dr. Heath has been an Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Communication, an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology,  and lead guest editor for an IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications special issue on limited feedback communication, and lead guest editor for an IEEE Journal on Selected Topics in Signal Processing special issue on Heterogenous Networks. He has won a number of awards including the IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award, Qualcomm Faculty Award, EURASIP Technical Achievement Award, among others. 

Nanshu Lu is an Associate Professor in UT’s Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, where she holds the Temple Foundation Endowed Teaching Fellowship. She holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and is on the graduate study committees of the Materials Science and Engineering and the Electrical and Computer Engineering programs. Dr. Lu's research focuses on the mechanics and manufacture of flexible, stretchable, and bio-integrated electronics. She leads an interdisciplinary group working on four major research areas: mechanics of flexible and stretchable structures, mechanics at bio-electronics interface, 2D materials for imperceptible bioelectronics, and freeform manufacture of soft bioelectronics. Dr. Lu’s work has appeared in high impact journals such as Science, Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Materials, PNAS, Advance Materials, Nano Letters, and ACS Nano. She has been honored with the NSF CAREER Award, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) and Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigator Awards, the MIT’s Technology Review 35 under 35 Award, the 3M Nontenured Faculty Award, and the NetExplo Digital Tech Grand Prix.


See the complete list of Highly Cited Researchers for 2020 here.