I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Andrea Armani as the inaugural holder of the Fluor Early Career Chair in Engineering. The appointment recognizes Andrea’s exceptional distinction and promise as Assistant Professor in the Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science. As is the process in all such honors, the appointment was recommended by an appropriate faculty committee and was approved by the Provost.
Andrea received her BA in physics from the University of Chicago (2001) and her PhD in applied physics with a minor in biology from the California Institute of Technology (2007), where she continued as the Clare Boothe Luce post-doctoral Fellow in biology and chemical engineering. She serves on the governing board for the USC Center for Electron Microscopy and Micro-Analysis and is an SPIE Visiting Lecturer. She has co-authored over 30 peer-reviewed publications and conference proceedings and two book chapters. She has received numerous awards, including the Sigma Xi award for excellence in research (2001), the SPIE BiOS Young Investigator Award (2008), an ONR Young Investigator Award (2009) and the Technology Review Top 35 Innovators under 35 (2009).
Her research focus is the design and optimization of novel optical devices for studying biological and chemical systems. Current device-centric projects are focused on integrating optical components on silicon for all-optical computing and telecommunications applications. Active bio/chem-sensor related projects include the development of a portable single-virus optical sensor for monitoring applications and the design and demonstration of a new instrument with improved temporal resolution (sub-microsecond) and detection capabilities for studying multiple complex biological events simultaneously.
Please join me in congratulating Andrea on this well deserved honor.