Throughout human history, new materials have played a pivotal role in the development of technologies and the progress of whole civilizations. Terms such as Stone Age, Bronze Age, or Silicon Valley underscore the defining societal impact that the discovery or harnessing of a new material can foment. The beginning of the 21st Century coincided with the invention of an entirely new materials platform – metamaterials (MMs) – engineered multi-phase composite materials containing subwavelength inclusions with rationally designed shapes, sizes, and orientations, which exhibit unparalleled responses to electromagnetic waves.
The vision of Meta-PREM--Partnership for Research & Education in Materials--is to become the world’s leader in understanding, controlling and utilizing fundamental physical properties of active and hyperbolic MMs. An ambitious education and outreach program will make the Partnership one of the key players in the development of a new generation of scientists and engineers, in particular from underrepresented minority groups, specializing in MMs.
Meta-PREM will leave a legacy in (i) Development of the fundamental science of active and hyperbolic MMs and their technological platform, (ii) Training a generation of a diverse workforce knowledgeable in MMs and their applications, and (iii) Advancing NSU’s Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering.
| Meta-PREM Success Stories|
o Frances Williams: (CMR Interim Department Chair): Received the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) 2013 Outstanding Faculty Award (OFA) – the Commonwealth’s highest honor for faculty members in recognition of their achievements in teaching, research, and service. Accepted a new position as Associate Dean/Professor in the College of Engineering at Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN, in January, 2016.
o Mikhail A. Noginov: (CMR Professor, Physics): Elected Optical Society of America (OSA) Fellow in 2014. Nominated for Virginia’s Outstanding Scientist of the Year Award for 2014; Recipient of Virginia's Outstanding Scientist Award for 2015; Selected as Fellow by the SPIE International Society for Photonics and Optics, 2015.
o Rabia Hussain (graduate student): Finalist for the Emil Wolf Outstanding Student Contribution Award at the Frontiers in Optics meeting, Orlando, FL, October 2013. Graduated with her PhD Materials Science and Engineering in December, 2015, and obtained a position in the Pacific Northwest with INTEL.
o Crystal Bell (undergraduate student): Accepted to the PhD program at Georgia Tech.
o Nicole Greene (high school student): NSU High School Scholar 2013, 2014),: Presented poster at March, 2014 American Physical Society (APS) meeting; accepted to Cornell University .
o Anne Dorsey (high school student): NSU High School Scholar 2013; accepted to California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Presidential Scholar.
1-2013-2014, 2014-2015 Materials Science Days
Events at three local high schools (Princess Anne High, Virginia Beach; Granby High, Norfolk and Norview High, Norfolk) demonstrating materials science concepts and research principles, presented to technology and advanced chemistry students. Additionally, there is as an annual event at NSU, where students from area high schools visit the Center for Materials Research labs, listen to presentations and participate in hands-on activities related to the STEM research at NSU.
2-2014, 2015, 2016 U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad (USNCO) in Hampton Roads
55 students, 14 teachers and 12 schools participated in 2014. Qualifying exam sites include Princess Anne High, Ocean Lakes High (both in Virginia Beach) and Granby High (Norfolk). **PLEASE SEE THE LINKS BELOW FOR INFORMATION ON THE 2016 USNCO**
3-OSA-PREM 2014, 2015 Annual Poster Competition, Lecturers
Every year in spring semester we have a poster competition mainly organized by the Optical Society of America (OSA) NSU Student Chapter. PREM supports this event. In Fall, 2015, NSU was privileged to host Nobel Laureate William Phillips, who gave a fascinating, engaging presentation entitled "Time, Einstein and the Coolest Stuff in the Universe", which drew a large crowd and kept the attention even of very young attendees.
2016 Summer Research Program for Undergraduates
For more information, click here. To directly access application for submission, click SUMMER UG
2016 Summer Research Program for High School students
For more information, click here. To directly access application for submission, click SUMMER HS
2016 U.S National Chemistry Olympiad
For more information, click here. To directly access app for student name submission, click OLYMPIAD