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Fiorenzo Omenetto

Professor
Biomedical Engineering
Frank C. Doble Professor
Associate Dean for Research, School of Engineering
Silk Lab

Fiorenzo Omenetto

Fiorenzo Omenetto

Professor
Biomedical Engineering
Frank C. Doble Professor
Associate Dean for Research, School of Engineering
Silk Lab

Phone 617-627-4972
Science and Technology Center, Room 241
4 Colby Street, Medford, MA
Research: 
ultrafast nonlinear optics, nanophotonics, biopolymer multifunctional materials, material science, photonic crystals, photonic crystal fibers
Biography: 

Fiorenzo G. Omenetto is the Frank C. Doble Professor of Engineering and a professor of Biomedical Engineering at Tufts University. He is the Associate Dean for Research for the School of Engineering, and holds secondary appointments in the Department of Physics and the Department of Electrical Engineering. He has proposed and pioneered the use of silk as a material platform for advanced technology with uses in photonics, optoelectronics, and nanotechnology applications. He is co-inventor on a number of disclosures on the subject, and is actively investigating applications of this technology base for both technical and design applications. Omenetto was formerly a J. Robert Oppenheimer Fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratories and a Guggenheim Fellow, and is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America and of the American Physical Society. In 2010, Fortune magazine named him one of its 50 smartest people in tech.

Education: 
Ph.D., Electrical Engineering/Applied Physics, Universita' di Pavia, 1997
M.S., Electrical Engineering, Universita' di Pavia, 1992
B.E., Scuola Europea di Varese
Professional Experience: 
2005-present:

Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Tufts School of Engineering

2002-2005:

Staff Scientist, Los Alamos National Laboratory

1999-2002:

J. Robert Oppenheimer Fellow, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Research Interests: 

Fiorenzo Omenetto's research interests are at the interface of technology, biologically inspired materials and the natural sciences, with an emphasis on new transformative approaches for sustainable materials for high-technology applications. The Silk Lab has pioneered the use of silk as a material platform for photonics, optoelectronics, and high-technology applications, and is actively investigating novel applications that rely on this new technology base.

Selected Honors and Awards: 
Fellow, Optical Society of America
Fellow, American Physical Society
J. Robert Oppenheimer Fellow, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Guggenheim Fellow, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
Professional Memberships: 
Optical Society of America
American Physical Society

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