4/02/2020 Kats wins IEEE Nanotechnology Council Early Career Award Written By: Jason Daley Departments: Electrical & Computer Engineering Categories Awards Mikhail Kats, Dugald C. Jackson Faculty Scholar and associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, is the recipient of the 2020 IEEE Nanotechnology Council Early Career Award in Nanotechnology. Kats and his research group explore topics across the fields of optics and photonics, device physics, and nanoscale science. In particular, he investigates fundamental problems in optics and photonics with the aim of creating next-gen optical components that emit, modulate, and detect light across the visible and infrared spectrum. The award is given to a single researcher each year that has made contributions with a major impact on the field of nanotechnology. The Council cites Kats “[f]or outstanding technical innovations and achievement in nanophotonics, especially for optical metasurfaces, light interaction with nanoscale films, and tunable nanomaterials.” The award will be presented at the annual IEEE International Conference on Nanotechnology in Montreal, Canada, in late July, 2020.