Published: Dec. 8, 2021 By

Professor Juliet Gopinath has been named a fellow of Optica for her pioneering contributions in optics and nanophotonics.

Fellow membership in Optica – formerly the Optical Society of America – is limited to no more than 10 percent of the membership and is reserved for members who have served with distinction in the advancement of optics and photonics, according to the organization.

Gopinath was honored specifically for contributions to nonlinear optics of nanophotonic devices and semiconductor lasers, and to the physics and applications of orbital angular momentum in optical fibers. 

"It's a very great honor to be elected Optica fellow!” Gopinath said. “I want to extend a thank you to my family, teachers, mentors, colleagues, and students for their support and contributions."

Gopinath has been a CU Boulder faculty member since 2009. She is the recipient of an Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Award and previously served as associate director of the CU Boulder CUbit Quantum Initiative. She is also the founder of the Women in ECEE organization at CU Boulder and has earned several campus and college awards for research and teaching.

“The ECEE department would like to congratulate Juliet on this well-deserved honor,” said Chris Myers, chair of the department. “She is to be commended not only for her impact on her research field, but also for her dedication to our students and our department community.”

Gopinath holds a BS degree in electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota and SM and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. For several years, she was a member of technical staff at MIT Lincoln Laboratory.