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[[Image:MJEscuti.jpg|thumb|right|200px|Dr. Michael "fluffy-bunny" Escuti, OLEG Director]]
 
==Contact Information for <font color = brown>'''Dr. Michael Escuti'''</font>==
==Contact Information for <font color = brown>'''Dr. Michael Escuti'''</font>==
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Montieth Research Engineering Center ([http://centennial.ncsu.edu/contact/documents/campusmap.pdf Map]) on [http://centennial.ncsu.edu/ Centennial Campus] <br>
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| [[OLEG:About| Contact Us Page]]
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| [[Media:Escuti_CV_Sept11.pdf|PDF Format]] (updated on September 2011)
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| photonics, optoelectronics, liquid crystals, functional polymers, diffractive optics, computational electromagnetics, optical remote sensing, optofluidics
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'''Email:''' [mailto:mjescuti@ncsu.edu mjescuti@ncsu.edu] <br>
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==Professional Biography==
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[[Image:MJEscuti.jpg|thumb|right|200px|Dr. Michael Escuti, OLEG Director]] Prior to joining NCSU in 2004, he spent two years with the functional-polymers group at Eindhoven University of Technology (the Netherlands) as a post-doctoral fellow. His PhD research at Brown University on organic electro-optical materials and their use in photonics and flat-panel displays has been recognized by the International Liquid Crystal Society (ILCS) with the Glenn H. Brown Award (2004) and by the Optical Society of America with the OSA/New Focus Student Award (2002) at the CLEO/QELS Conference. He continues to pursue interdisciplinary research topics in photonics, organic electronics, optics, biophotonics, and flat-panel displays.
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NC State University, Dept ECE <br>
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'''Resume:''' [[Media:Escuti Resume.pdf|PDF Format]] (updated on March 2007)
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Prior to joining NCSU in 2004, he spent two years with the functional-polymers group at Eindhoven University of Technology (the Netherlands) as a post-doctoral fellow. His PhD research at Brown University on organic electro-optical materials and their use in photonics and flat-panel displays has been recognized by the International Liquid Crystal Society (ILCS) with the Glenn H. Brown Award (2004) and by the Optical Society of America with the OSA/New Focus Student Award (2002) at the CLEO/QELS Conference. He continues to pursue interdisciplinary research topics in photonics, organic electronics, optics, biophotonics, and flat-panel displays.
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* (2002-2004) Post-Doctoral Fellowship, [http://w3.chem.tue.nl/en/ Eindhoven Univ of Technology] (the Netherlands), [http://w3.chem.tue.nl/en/the_department/research_groups/polymer_technology/research/polymers_in_advanced_systems/ Functional Polymers Group]
* (2002-2004) Post-Doctoral Fellowship, [http://w3.chem.tue.nl/en/ Eindhoven Univ of Technology] (the Netherlands), [http://w3.chem.tue.nl/en/the_department/research_groups/polymer_technology/research/polymers_in_advanced_systems/ Functional Polymers Group]
* (2002) PhD, [http://www.engin.brown.edu/ Brown University], Electrical Engineering, Providence, RI
* (2002) PhD, [http://www.engin.brown.edu/ Brown University], Electrical Engineering, Providence, RI
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==Research Interests==
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==Fun Facts About Dr. Escuti==
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'''Nanoelectronics and Photonics'''<br>
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* Completed the [http://www.honolulumarathon.org/ Honolulu Marathon]
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* Displays (including LCDs, OLEDs, Flexible displays)
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* Has lived inside the USA only slightly more than half his life
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* Optical communications
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* First language was [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lingala Lingala], later replaced with some [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_language English] and later [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_language Spanish]
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* Polarimetry and imaging applications
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* Online since 1989
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* Holography (including advanced lithography)
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* Liquid crystal devices
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* Organic electronics
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* Numerical modeling and computation
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==Awards ==
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* Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers PECASE (2010)
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* Alcoa Foundation Engineering Research Achievement Award, NC State University (2011)
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* Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, National Science Foundation (2010)
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* Glenn H. Brown Prize for Outstanding PhD Dissertation, Intern. Liquid Crystal Soc. (2004)
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* OSA/New Focus Student Award, Top Winner, CLEO/QELS Conference (2002)
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* Graduate Student Award, Mater. Research Soc. (MRS) Fall Meeting (2001)
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* Sigma Xi Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award, Brown University (2001)
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* Best Student Paper Award, Soc. Information Display (SID), International Symposium (1999)
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* NASA GSRP Fellowship, Glenn Research Center (2000-2001)
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* NASA Rhode Island Space Grant Fellowship (1999)
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* GAANN Fellowship, US Department of Education (1997-1998)
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* Citation of Excellence in Engineering Design, Drexel University (1997)
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* Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America (1988)
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My primary goal with OLEG is to innovate technologies that enable the efficient control of light over intensity, direction, and polarization for various applications including displays, polarimetry, optical communications, biomedical imaging, and so on. To this end, we utilize [http://www.ece.ncsu.edu/oleg/wolfsim/index/Research:Reactive_Mesogen_Polarization_Gratings liquid crystal polarization gratings] (LCPGs) that can modulate unpolarized (natural) light or convert the polarization state of light at ~100% efficiency. My research focuses on designing and fabricating high quality LCPGs with advanced properties (i.e., broadband, fast-switching, high polarization-contrast, etc). To investigate diffraction behaviors of LCPGs, we apply our in-house optical simulation tool [http://www.ece.ncsu.edu/oleg/wolfsim/index/WOLFSIM:Main WOLFSIM] as well as the Jones matrix analysis. Along with rigorous modeling, experimental studies will follow mainly with liquid crystals and LC alignment materials. We also explore fabrication technologies that are feasible for practical applications (i.e., low cost, compact, high yield, commercially available materials). Our approach is patterning the grating profile in photoalignment materials by holographic recording and amplifying the grating structure by aligning liquid crystals from the surface. We are developing fabrication processes for high quality LCPGs by optimizing grating parameters and materials. My research also includes to explore possible/promising applications where we can maximize benefits from unique properties of LCPGs.
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* (2007-2009, ''Air Force Research Laboratory'', SBIR Phase II)
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<u>Wide-Angle Nonmechanical Beam-Steering Development</u> (with Boulder Nonlinear Systems, CO)
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<u>Ultra-efficient Microdisplays Using LC Polarization Gratings and Reflective Silicon Backplanes</u>
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<u>Modular Laboratory Experiments on Organic Electronics and Liquid Crystal Displays for Undergraduates</u>
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<u>Thin Wide-Angle Beam Steerer that Operates in Transmission</u> (with Boulder Nonlinear Systems, CO)
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* (2006-2009, ''National Science Foundation'', Unsolicited, ECCS Div)
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<u>Liquid Crystal Polarization Gratings for Photonics Applications</u>
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<u>High Light Efficiency Liquid Crystal Microdisplay Systems</u> (with Southeast TechInventures, NC)
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Contact Information for Dr. Michael Escuti

Office: MRC room 322-A
Montieth Research Engineering Center
(Map) on Centennial Campus
Email: mjescuti@ncsu.edu
Phone: +1 (919) 513-7363
Fax: +1 (919) 515-1450
Address: Contact Us Page
Resume: PDF Format (updated on September 2011)
Research Interests: photonics, optoelectronics, liquid crystals, functional polymers, diffractive optics, computational electromagnetics, optical remote sensing, optofluidics














Professional Biography

Dr. Michael Escuti, OLEG Director
Dr. Michael Escuti, OLEG Director
Prior to joining NCSU in 2004, he spent two years with the functional-polymers group at Eindhoven University of Technology (the Netherlands) as a post-doctoral fellow. His PhD research at Brown University on organic electro-optical materials and their use in photonics and flat-panel displays has been recognized by the International Liquid Crystal Society (ILCS) with the Glenn H. Brown Award (2004) and by the Optical Society of America with the OSA/New Focus Student Award (2002) at the CLEO/QELS Conference. He continues to pursue interdisciplinary research topics in photonics, organic electronics, optics, biophotonics, and flat-panel displays.


Professional Background


Fun Facts About Dr. Escuti

  • Completed the Honolulu Marathon
  • Has lived inside the USA only slightly more than half his life
  • First language was Lingala, later replaced with some English and later Spanish
  • Online since 1989


Awards

  • Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers PECASE (2010)
  • Alcoa Foundation Engineering Research Achievement Award, NC State University (2011)
  • Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, National Science Foundation (2010)
  • Glenn H. Brown Prize for Outstanding PhD Dissertation, Intern. Liquid Crystal Soc. (2004)
  • OSA/New Focus Student Award, Top Winner, CLEO/QELS Conference (2002)
  • Graduate Student Award, Mater. Research Soc. (MRS) Fall Meeting (2001)
  • Sigma Xi Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award, Brown University (2001)
  • Best Student Paper Award, Soc. Information Display (SID), International Symposium (1999)
  • NASA GSRP Fellowship, Glenn Research Center (2000-2001)
  • NASA Rhode Island Space Grant Fellowship (1999)
  • GAANN Fellowship, US Department of Education (1997-1998)
  • Citation of Excellence in Engineering Design, Drexel University (1997)
  • Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America (1988)


Sponsored Research Projects

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  • (2007-2009, Air Force Research Laboratory, SBIR Phase II)

Wide-Angle Nonmechanical Beam-Steering Development (with Boulder Nonlinear Systems, CO)

  • (2007-2008, The Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology & Science, NCSU Centennial Campus)

Ultra-efficient Microdisplays Using LC Polarization Gratings and Reflective Silicon Backplanes

  • (2007-2009, National Science Foundation, Course/Curriculum/Lab Improvement, DUE Div)

Modular Laboratory Experiments on Organic Electronics and Liquid Crystal Displays for Undergraduates

  • (2006-2007, Air Force Research Laboratory, SBIR Phase I)

Thin Wide-Angle Beam Steerer that Operates in Transmission (with Boulder Nonlinear Systems, CO)

  • (2006-2009, National Science Foundation, Unsolicited, ECCS Div)

Liquid Crystal Polarization Gratings for Photonics Applications

  • (2005-2006, National Science Foundation, STTR Phase I, IIP Div)

High Light Efficiency Liquid Crystal Microdisplay Systems (with Southeast TechInventures, NC)