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Wenshan Cai

Associate Professor, Optics and Photonics

Wenshan  Cai

Dr. Wenshan Cai is an Associate Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, with a joint appointment in Materials Science and Engineering. Prior to joining Georgia Tech in 2012, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University. Dr. Cai received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Tsinghua University in 2000 and 2002, respectively, and his Ph.D. from Purdue University in 2008, all in electrical/electronic engineering. His scientific research is in the area of nanophotonic materials and devices, in which he has made a major impact on the evolving field of plasmonics and metamaterials.

Dr. Cai has published ~40 journal papers, and the total citations of his papers have reached ~5,000 within the past few years. In addition, Dr. Cai is the lead author of the book Optical Metamaterials: Fundamentals and Applications, a text used at many universities around the world, for which he won the 2014 Joseph W. Goodman Book Writing Award from OSA and SPIE.


Research Areas of Interest:

  • Micro- and nanophotonic structures and devices
  • Plasmonics and metamaterials
  • Nonlinear optics and ultrafast phenomena
  • Optoelectronics and integrated photonics
  • Fiber optics and optical communications
  • Photovoltaics
Awards and Distinctions: 
  • 2014, OSA and SPIE Joseph W. Goodman Book Writing Award;
  • 2008, Optical Society of America New Focus/Bookham Student Award;
  • 2007, Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Students Abroad;
  • 2006, Nanotech Briefs Nano 50 Award in the Technology category;
  • 2002, Graduate with Honors, Tsinghua University;
  • Member: Optical Society of America, Materials Research Society, American Physical Society, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
  • Faculty, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering;
  • Faculty, School of Materials Science and Engineering;
  • Principle Investigator, Laboratory for Advanced Photonics and Optoelectronics
Electrical Engineering, Purdue University
Electrical Engineering, Tsinghua Universityn Beijing, PRC
Electrical Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, PRC