Michael Escuti

 421 Monteith Research Center (MRC)
 Campus Box 7911
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Dr. Escuti is a leading photonics and electro-optic materials expert pioneering the development of polarization-independent devices and transformational diffractive optics. He currently directs applied and fundamental research for applications including ultra-efficient/portable liquid crystal displays, opto-fluidics, ultra-efficient beam steering for high energy applications and laser communications, IR/MIR polarimetry imaging, and novel diffractive lenses.

His work is principally supported by the National Science Foundation (including a CAREER Award) and US Air Force Research Laboratory, along with several strong partnerships with industry (including Raytheon, Boulder Nonlinear Systems, MZA Associates, and ImagineOptix).

As of mid-2011, he advises 3 PhD students, 1 undergraduate researcher, 2 post-docs, and has authored 28 journal articles, 50 refereed conference proceedings, 15 invited research presentations, 2 book contributions, and 3(+9) patents issued(+pending). He has also served as an expert witness in patent litigation before the International Trade Commission (ITC).


  • 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

Awards & Honors

  • 2019 - Senior Member of National Academy of Inventors
  • 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


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