December 13, 2018

The list by Clarivate Analytics aims to represent the 'world's most influential scientific minds.'

Professor Andrea Alù (Physics), founding director of the Photonics Initiative at The Graduate Center’s Advanced Science Research Center, joins a select group of scientists recognized as Highly Cited Researchers by Clarivate Analytics. This list “recognizes world-class researchers selected for their exceptional research performance, demonstrated by production of multiple highly cited papers during the last decade.” The list aims to represent the “world’s most influential scientific minds.”

Highly cited papers are surveyed over an 11-year period from journals indexed in the Web of Science Core Collection and rank in the top 1 percent by citations, according to their Essential Science Indicators (ESI) field and publication year. Data used to determine the selection of highly cited papers came from ESI, 2004-2014, and included 128,887 highly cited papers.

Alù was also selected in 2017 as a Highly Cited Researcher in physics. This year the Highly Cited Researchers list expanded to include “researchers with substantial influence across several fields during the last decade.” As a consequence, in 2018, Alù is among only 2,000 researchers worldwide recognized as Highly Cited Researchers with “cross-field impact,” as a testimony to the breadth of his research, spanning several fields of interest, including physics, optics, electrical engineering, and acoustics.

Alù, who joined The Graduate Center in January 2018, has received substantial recognition for his research. He is the recent recipient of a $7.5 million grant from the Department of Defense, the largest grant of its kind on record to a Graduate Center faculty member, to lead a team of scientists in cutting-edge metamaterials research. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded him up to $3.2 million to support basic nanophotonics research that will enable the development of next-generation engineered materials that manipulate electromagnetic waves, including light. Research out of the Photonics Initiative and The University of Texas at Austin on new light-wave isolation methods applicable to a variety of technologies was the cover story in the journal Nature Electronics.