Michael Escuti

Adjunct Professor
 919-513-7363
  mjescuti@ncsu.edu
 421 Monteith Research Center (MRC)
 Campus Box 7911

Biography

Mike Escuti joined NCSU in 2004.

In the classroom, he teaches and develops undergraduate and graduate courses in a wide range of topics, including optics, photonics, electromagnetics, circuits, nanotechnology, thin-film-transistors, and organic electronics, often with hands-on labs and independent projects.

In the laboratory, he leads empirical, computational, and theoretical research into liquid crystal films/devices, retarders, polarization, holography, display systems, and geometric-phase fundamentals. The work of his group of students, post-docs, and industrial partners helped spark the disruptive technology of 3D patterned liquid crystal polymer network films and their use in displays and optical sensors, sometimes called LCP optics. These thin, flat lenses and low-loss high-performance optical elements are paving the way for compact and affordable AR/VR headsets of the future, smarter Lidar depth sensors, and the high contrast study of exo-planets. His academic research supported by more than $9M of external funding, including from the National Science Foundation (NSF), US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), and many industrial partners.

In 2004, he co-founded the startup company ImagineOptix, dedicated to inspire transformational optical systems enabling lifelike experiences.

As of 2021, Mike graduated 10 PhD students, and mentored 22 undergraduate researchers and 3 post-docs. He published 66 peer-reviewed journal publications and 86 conference proceedings, delivered 36 invited research talks, co-authored 2 invited magazine articles and 1 book chapter, and is named inventor on 19(25) US patents(applications). He has been recognized by the 2016 NCSU Innovator of the Year Award, the 2011 NCSU Alcoa Foundation Engineering Research Achievement Award, the 2010 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (National Science Foundation), the 2004 Glenn H. Brown Award from the International Liquid Crystal Society (ILCS), and the 2002 OSA/NewFocus Student Award from the Optical Society of America (OSA).

Mike earned his Ph.D. (2002) and M.Sc. (1999) degrees from Brown University under the guidance of Professor Greg Crawford, and his B.Sc. (1997) degree from Drexel University, all in Electrical Engineering. He worked as postdoctoral (2002-2004) fellow at Eindhoven University of Technology (Netherlands) under the guidance of Professor Dick Broer, in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering.

Education

  • Ph.D. 2002
    Electrical Engineering
    Brown University, Providence
  • Master's 1999
    Electrical Engineering
    Brown University, Providence
  • Bachelor's 1997
    Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Drexel University, Philadelphia

Research Focus

  • Physical Electronics, Photonics & Magnetics
  • Optical Materials and Photonic Devices

Awards & Honors

  • 2019 - Senior Member of National Academy of Inventors
  • 2016 - NCSU Innovator of the Year
  • 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

Recent News

Dr. Michael Escuti and ImageOptix Almost Double Light Efficiency in LC Projectors

Posted on July 27, 2012 | Filed Under: News

DepartmentHistoryFacilitiesInclusionSpotlightEmploymentFaculty in PrintFaculty AwardsStaff AwardsGraduation NEWSROOM Michael EscutiJun 19, 2017 Researchers from North Carolina State University and ImagineOptix Corporation have developed new …

Escuti Develops Efficient, Inexpensive Laser Beam Steering

Posted on May 4, 2011 | Filed Under: News

DepartmentHistoryFacilitiesInclusionSpotlightEmploymentFaculty in PrintFaculty AwardsStaff AwardsGraduation NEWSROOM Escuti Develops Efficient, Inexpensive Laser Beam SteeringMay 4, 2011 For many practical applications involving lasers, it’ …

Media Mentions

Controlling Light with Geometric-Phase Holograms

February 1, 2016

Improved fabrication techniques are creating a new generation of gratings, lenses, and other elements that are physically thin and optically thick. Michael Escuti, engineering, featured.

Creating a wide variety of new holograms

November 12, 2015

NC State researchers have developed techniques that can be used to create ideal geometric phase holograms for any kind of optical pattern – a significant advance over the limitations of previous techniques. Michael Escuti, engineering, featured.

 

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