Vincenzo Galdi of the Engineering Department of the University of Sannio has been appointed a Fellow of Optica, the most important professional association in the international arena for optics and photonics.

The prestigious award was given to prof. Galdi for his important contributions to the study of the interaction of electromagnetic waves with artificial materials. In this context, his research has contributed to the development of "metamaterials" capable of exhibiting unusual physical properties not found in nature, with important applications in strategic sectors such as telecommunications, sensors and energy.

Optica (formerly known as the Optical Society of America) has been active since 1916 and, with over 22,000 members in more than 100 countries, is the world's leading society for scientists, engineers, technicians and companies operating in the optics and photonics sectors. In society, the "Fellow" represents the highest rank and is awarded to a small number of individuals (106 for the year 2022, of which 4 are affiliated with Italian institutions).

Prof. Galdi has been a professor of Electromagnetic Fields at the Department of Engineering since 2002. He holds a degree in Electronic Engineering and a PhD in Applied Electromagnetics at the University of Salerno. He was president of the undergraduate program in Telecommunications Engineering from 2005 to 2010. He has held various visiting and research associate positions at foreign institutions, including Boston University, California Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Texas, and European Space Agency.
His research activity is focused on the study of the interactions of electromagnetic waves with complex materials and structures, multiphysics and multifunctional metamaterials, virtual and augmented reality.
He is co-author of two monographic volumes, over 300 publications in international journals and conferences, and two patents.
He is associate editor of the Optics Express and Heliyon magazines, and co-founder of Mantid srl (a spinoff company of the University of Sannio).
In the past, he has received other important international awards, including the degree of Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the "Outstanding Associate Editor Award" from the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, and the "Young Scientist Award" by the International Union of Radio Science.