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August 5, 2009

Professor George Eleftheriades, of the Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC), one of Canada’s most prestigious academic honours. The RSC consists of approximately 1,800 Fellows from across Canada who are selected by their peers on account of their outstanding contributions to the arts and sciences. It is dedicated to fostering the highest levels of learning and research in all areas of scholarship and recognizing outstanding achievements in research and innovation.

George Eleftheriades holds the Canada Research Chair in Nano- and Micro-Structured Electromagnetic Materials and Applications and the Velma M. Rogers Graham Chair in Engineering. His research focuses on metamaterials, artificially created substances with electromagnetic properties not found in nature. Specifically, Professor Eleftheriades pioneered the use of transmission lines to synthesize metamaterials. These materials have unlimited applications and the potential to revolutionize the state-of-the-art in various disciplines including nanotechnology, wireless telecommunications, radar, and microwave and medical imaging. 

Professor Eleftheriades has received numerous awards for his scientific achievements including the Ontario Premier’s Research Excellence Award in 2001, and an E.W.R. Steacie Fellowship in 2004. In 2006 Professor Eleftheriades was elected a Fellow of IEEE “for contributions to conception, analysis and fabrication of electromagnetic materials and their applications.” Most recently he received the 2008 IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Technical Field Award “for pioneering contributions to the science and technological applications of negative-refraction electromagnetic materials.”

“I’m delighted that one of our most outstanding faculty members has been awarded one of Canada’s highest academic honours”, said Cristina Amon, Dean, Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering. “Election into the RSC demonstrates that one is truly at the top of one’s field, and it is a most well-deserved recognition for Professor Eleftheriades”.

Professor Eleftheriades will be inducted into the RSC on November 28 at a ceremony in Ottawa.

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