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Prof. Demetrios Christodoulides Named Pegasus Professor

From UCF Today:

Demetrios Christodoulides is a professor in the College of Optics and Photonics. He is a researcher whose insight has spanned three new areas of research within the optics and photonics world. He was the first scientist to discover and show that light can travel around curves, not just in straight lines as previously accepted. He also is considered the “father” of discrete optics. His research has produced breakthroughs that impact the world of telecommunication and optical computing.

Christodoulides has received international recognition for his work and has earned the R.W. Wood Prize, one of the most prestigious awards in his field of study. He has published more than 250 articles and given more than 210 conference presentations. His work also has attracted international media from the Sunday Times-London to MSNBC.

UCF graduates described him as brilliant and a humanitarian, who always goes out of his way to help his students be ready to excel at their next post. Several of his former students sent letters of support for his nomination. Their success speaks to his ability to pass on knowledge and passion for optics. The graduates are at impressive institutions such as the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems in Dresden, Germany, the Israel Institute of Technology, and the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique at the University of Quebec, among others.

Fellow faculty say he is a leader in optics and photonics who not only keeps everyone on the cutting edge, but also has the gift of passing on his knowledge and passion to a new generation of scientists.

“We at CREOL also rely on Demetri to teach the truly rigorous courses that give our students the advantage in the workplace,” said Eric Van Stryland, a Pegasus Professor, Trustee Chair and past dean of the college.

Posted Thursday, April 4, 2013

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