Dr. Gianluca Lazzi Awarded Engineering Research Award

May 11, 2009

Dr. Lazzi (right) pictured with Dean of Engineering Dr. Martin-Vega (center), photo provided by Nate DeGraff 
Dr. Lazzi (right) pictured with Dean of Engineering Dr. Martin-Vega (center), photo provided by Nate DeGraff

Dr. Gianluca Lazzi was recently rewarded for his outstanding contributions in the field of electrical and computer engineering with the ALCOA Foundation Engineering Research Achievement Award for the year of 2009. Through his research in retinal prosthesis, he has pushed the boundaries of engineering development beyond traditional limits and has had an obvious impact on the 10 million people worldwide coping with blindness. His leadership and groundbreaking research in implantable devices and the field of bioelectromagenetics have had a substantial impact on engineering, science and society.

Among his most notable contributions in the past five years was the demonstration that implantable miniature antennas at frequencies between 1 and 3 GHz can be successfully employed in telemetry systems for high-resolution retinal prosthesis to restore partial vision to the blind. In the field of computational bioelectromagnetics, Dr. Lazzi's work has ranged from the development of models and methods for safety assessment of electromagnetic and wireless devices to models and methods for medical applications, including neural stimulation. The goal of this work is to reduce the electrical current needed for neural stimulation and achieve high-resolution vision.

Dr. Lazzi has published 37 refereed journal articles, 96 conference papers and six refereed invited book papers. He has produced six invention disclosures and has given 20 refereed invited presentations. While at NC State, he has graduated eight Ph.D. students and nine M.S. students. Dr. Lazzi has received more than $5.4 million in external funding for research projects. He is a past recipient of an NSF CAREER Award, the URSI Young Scientist Award and the ALCOA Foundation Engineering Research Achievement Award.