The National Academy of Inventors has named Haiyan Wang (pictured), Alexandra Boltasseva (pictured) and Mung Chiang fellows. All three serve as professors in the Purdue University College of Engineering.

Wang specializes in high-temperature superconductors, coated conductors, nanostructured functional ceramics for solid oxide fuel cells, plasmonics and photonics, ferroelectric and multiferroics, radiation tolerance materials and bulk structural metals and ceramics. She holds 14 U.S. patents that have been licensed to three companies.

Wang has published more than 550 journal articles (with 20,500 citations and an H-index of 68) and presented more than 300 invited and contributed talks at various international conferences. She serves as an associate editor for the journals Science Advances and Vacuum, and is a section editor for BMC Materials and an MRS Bulletin volume organizer for 2020.

Boltasseva holds 11 U.S. patents and one patent in Japan. Her contributions to the field of plasmonics are opening up new ways to focus and manipulate light at the nanometer scale. Her innovations have inspired low-power nanometer-scale optical and optoelectronic components such as tiny optical modulators and photodetectors, as well as nanoscale power-efficient light sources that have the potential to transform the fields of opto- and nanoelectronics, on-chip optical communication, and data recording storage and transmission.

Boltasseva has received 22,249 citations (H-index of 69). She is the author of the most cited paper of Laser and Photonics Reviews journal (out of more than 600 papers) and the two most cited papers in the Optical Society of America’s Optical Materials Express (out of more than 2,000). In November 2020, she was named to the list of Highly Cited Researchers 2020 from the Web of Science Group.

Chiang is nearing the end of a yearlong public service with the United States Department of State as the science and technology advisor to the secretary of state. His research areas include optimization of communication networks; fog computing, edge networking and the Internet of Things; smart data pricing and network economics; and social learning networks and online social networks. He has 26,597 citations with an H-index of 77, and over 20 U.S. patents.

He is the founding CEO (2013) of DataMi, a startup that pioneered “open toll-free” solutions for mobile data operators in six continents. He is the co-founder of other startup companies and the OpenFog Consortium (2015), which in 2019 merged with Industrial Internet Consortium to form the world’s largest nonprofit in industrial IoT.

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