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Dr. David R. Smith

Professor of Electrical and Computer EngineeringJames B. Duke

Dr. David R. Smith is the James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Duke University, where he also serves as Director for the Center for Metamaterial and Integrated Plasmonics. Dr. Smith is also the Founding Director of the Metamaterials Commercialization Center at Intellectual Ventures in Bellevue, Washington. He holds a secondary faculty appointment in the Physics Department at Duke University and is a Visiting Professor of Physics at Imperial College, London, Dr. Smith received his Ph.D. in 1994 in Physics from UCSD. Dr. Smith’s research interests include the theory, simulation and characterization of unique structures across the electromagnetic spectrum, including photonic crystals, metamaterials and plasmonic nanostructures. Dr. Smith is best known for his work in metamaterials, having provided key demonstrations, including the first negative index metamaterial (in 2000) and the first metamaterial “invisibility cloak” (in 2006). Dr. Smith was part of a five member team that received the Descartes Research Prize, awarded by the European Union, for their contributions to metamaterials and other novel electromagnetic materials. Continually since 2009, Dr. Smith has been named a « Citation Laureate » by Clarivate Analytics Web of Science, for having among the most number of highly cited papers in the field of Physics. More recently, Dr. Smith is a co-recipient of the McGroddy Prize for New Materials, awarded by the American Physical Society, for “the discovery of metamaterials” (2013). In 2016, Dr. Smith was elected as a member of the National Academy of Inventors. Dr. Smith has recently been active in collaboration with Intellectual Ventures, in transitioning metamaterial concepts for commercialization, being a co-founder of Evolv Technology, Echodyne Corporation, Pivotal Commware, and advisory board member for Kymeta Corporation—all companies devoted to developing metamaterial products. Most recently, Dr. Smith has led efforts to apply metasurface apertures for use in millimeter wave security screening and many other radio frequency imaging applications.