Contact Information

421 Monteith
Campus Box 7914
NC State University
Raleigh, NC 27695-7914
Locate on Campus Map

Dr. Michael Escuti

| Biography

Dr. Escuti is a leading photonics and electro-optic materials expert pioneering the development of polarization-independent devices and transformational diffractive optics. He currently directs applied and fundamental research for applications including ultra-efficient/portable liquid crystal displays, opto-fluidics, ultra-efficient beam steering for high energy applications and laser communications, IR/MIR polarimetry imaging, and novel diffractive lenses.

His work is principally supported by the National Science Foundation (including a CAREER Award) and US Air Force Research Laboratory, along with several strong partnerships with industry (including Raytheon, Boulder Nonlinear Systems, MZA Associates, and ImagineOptix).

As of mid-2011, he advises 3 PhD students, 1 undergraduate researcher, 2 post-docs, and has authored 28 journal articles, 50 refereed conference proceedings, 15 invited research presentations, 2 book contributions, and 3(+9) patents issued(+pending). He has also served as an expert witness in patent litigation before the International Trade Commission (ITC).

| Education

  1. 2002 - PhD in Electrical Engineering, Brown University, Providence, RI
  2. 1999 - MS in Electrical Engineering, Brown University, Providence, RI
  3. 1997 - BS in Electrical & Computer Eng., Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

| Primary Research Interests

  1. Physical Electronics, Photonics & Magnetics (Including Optical Materials and Photonic Devices*)

| Selected Publications

  1. Applied Optics, vol. 50, pp. 2636-2639 (2011), J Kim, C Oh, S Serati, and MJ Escuti, “Wide-angle, nonmechanical beam steering with high throughput utilizing polarization gratings”.
  2. Applied Optics, vol. 50, pp. 2283-2293 (2011), M Kudenov, MJ Escuti, E Dereniak, and K Oka, “White light channeled imaging polarimeter using broadband polarization gratings”.
  3. Journal of Lightwave Technology, vol. 28, pp. 3121-3127 (2010), E Nicolescu, C Mao, A Fardad and MJ Escuti, “Polarization-insensitive variable optical attenuator and wavelength blocker using liquid crystal polarization gratings”.
  4. Proceedings of the IEEE 97, 1078-1096 (2009), P.F. McManamon, P.J. Bos, M.J. Escuti, J. Heikenfeld, S. Serati, H. Xie, and E.A. Watson, “A Review of Phased Array Steering for Narrowband Electro-Optical Systems”
  5. SID Symposium Proceedings 40, 487-490 (2009), R.K. Komanduri, C. Oh, and M.J. Escuti, “Polarization Independent Projection Systems Using Thin Film Polymer Polarization Gratings and Standard Liquid Crystal Microdisplays”
  6. Optics Letters 33, 2287-2289 (2008), C. Oh and M.J. Escuti, “Achromatic diffraction from polarization gratings with high efficiency”
  7. SID Symposium Digest, vol. 37, pp. 1443-1446 (2006), MJ Escuti and W M Jones, "Polarization independent switching with high contrast from a liquid crystal polarization grating".
  8. Optics Express 14, 11870-11884 (2006), C. Oh and M.J. Escuti, “Time-domain analysis of periodic anisotropic media at oblique incidence: an efficient FDTD implementation”

| Awards and Honors

  • 2011 - Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)
  • 2011 - _ALCOA Foundation Distinguished Engineering Research Award (NC State)
  • 2010 - National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award
  • 2004 - International Liquid Crystal Society (ILCS) Glenn H Brown Award for Outstanding PhD Dissertation
  • 2002 - Optical Society of America (OSA) New Focus Student Award, Top Winner
  • 2001 - Materials Research Society (MRS) Graduate Student Silver Award
  • 2001 - Sigma Xi Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award, Brown University
  • 2000 - Rhode Island House of Representatives Citation of Excellence in Science Education
  • 1997 - Drexel University Citation of Excellence in Engineering Design