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

Recent News

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

Posted on July 27, 2012 | Filed Under: News

DepartmentHistoryFacilitiesDiversitySpotlightEmploymentFaculty AwardsStaff AwardsGraduationVisit NEWSROOM Michael EscutiJun 19, 2017 Researchers from North Carolina State University and ImagineOptix Corporation have developed new technology …

Escuti Develops Efficient, Inexpensive Laser Beam Steering

Posted on May 4, 2011 | Filed Under: News

DepartmentHistoryFacilitiesDiversitySpotlightEmploymentFaculty AwardsStaff AwardsGraduationVisit NEWSROOM Escuti Develops Efficient, Inexpensive Laser Beam SteeringMay 4, 2011 For many practical applications involving lasers, it’s important …

Recent 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.

NCSU Researchers Develop a Novel Method to Steer Laser Beams

May 10, 2011

The team led by associate professor of electrical engineering, Dr. Michael Escuti, used ‘polarization gratings’ to steer the laser beams. These gratings comprised of a thin liquid crystal layer on a glass plate. A device that would allow the passage of laser beam through a stack of polarization gratings was developed. Manipulating the optical properties of individual gratings, the researchers redirected the beam to the desired direction. Addition of more gratings increased the number of angles exponentially.


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