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UT Arlington nanophotonics professor to become IEEE fellow

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

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The prestigious Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers has named The University of Texas at Arlington’s Robert Magnusson as one of its 2014 fellows.

Robert Magnusson


Magnusson, professor of electrical engineering and the Texas Instruments Distinguished University Chair in Nanoelectronics at UT Arlington, is being recognized by the IEEE for contributions to the invention of a new class of nanophotonic devices that employ light at a nanometer scale.

Magnusson’s devices are used as biosensors, lasers, tunable filters and optical components.  His research has applications in a variety of fields, including medicine and energy production.

“IEEE is the largest professional society in my field,” Magnusson said. “It is gratifying to be recognized by my peers for my research and commercialization efforts.”

UT Arlington College of Engineering Dean Khosrow Behbehani said: “Dr. Magnusson’s numerous recognitions, including this new honor, are a testament of his outstanding contributions to the field and the vital role he plays in strengthening the University’s commitment to engineering excellence and innovation.”

Magnusson leads UT Arlington’s Nanophotonics Device Group, which pursues theoretical and experimental research in periodic nanostructures, nanolithography, nanophotonics, nanoelectronics, nanoplasmonics, and optical bio- and chemical sensors. 

His research established new transformative biosensor platform technology that is in commercial use by Resonant Sensors Inc., a company he co-founded. Magnusson has published nearly 400 journal and conference papers and holds 23 issued and pending patents. He is also a fellow of the Optical Society of America, SPIE and was a charter fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.

The IEEE Grade of Fellow is conferred by the IEEE Board of Directors upon a person with an outstanding record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. The total number selected in any one year cannot exceed one-tenth of one percent of the total voting membership. IEEE Fellow is the highest grade of membership and is recognized by the technical community as a prestigious honor and an important career achievement.

Magnusson is UT Arlington’s eighth IEEE fellow.

About UT Arlington

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About the IEEE

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