Governor Terry McAuliffe announced Virginia’s Outstanding Scientists of 2015 on Wednesday, March 24. Dr. Mikhail Noginov, a professor and researcher in the Department of Physics and the Center for Materials Research at Norfolk State University, was one of three Virginia scientists that were recognized.
“It is an honor to recognize Virginia’s leading scientific minds,” said Governor McAuliffe. “The 2015 Virginia Outstanding Scientist recipients are at the forefront of their fields and are recognized for their contributions to future technologies.”
Gov. McAulife characterized the three scientists as “…laying the foundation for all of us to enjoy a better quality of life.”
Dr. Noginov is credited for his cutting-edge research in the areas of metamaterials, nanoplasmonics, random lasers, solid-state laser materials and nonlinear optics. His breakthrough contributions to the research of plasmonics include the demonstration of the compensation of the surface plasmons loss by optical gain, stimulated emission of surface plasmons polaritons and demonstration of the smallest plasmonic-based nanolaser. He is also a leader in exploring metamaterials with hyperbolic dispersion. Dr. Noginov has authored three books, six book chapters and nearly 400 publications and presentations, including 135 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
Dr. Noginov was the recipient of Norfolk State University’s 2010-2011 Eminent Scholar Award and the 2007 Distinguished Faculty Award for Scholarship. He is the current director of the National Science Foundation sponsored Partnership for Research and Education Materials.
Norfolk State University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Sandra DeLoatch said “This is a great honor for Dr. Noginov and Norfolk State University.”
Dr. Noginov will receive his award from Gov. McAuliffe at the Science Museum of Virginia on Thursday, April 2.