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Prof. Reano Wins Prestigious NSF CAREER Award

Ronald M. Reano, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, has won a prestigious Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The CAREER award recognizes junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.

Reano was awarded $400,000 over five years for “Creating a new class of organic-inorganic dispersion engineered RF-optical modulators.” Reano’s research objective is to efficiently convert high-frequency electrical signals into the optical domain using planar lightwave circuits.

Reano’s research also supports the strong education component of the CAREER award and will enable Ohio State students to participate in programs that explore the meaning of science and engineering within a global context.

Reano joined the ECE faculty in 2005. His research interests include integrated optics, electro-optics, and hybrid RF/optical devices for innovation in sensors, communications systems, and computing. Integrated optics involves the manipulation of light at the micro/nano-scale. It is analogous to integrated electronics. Instead of electrons, photons are guided and controlled on the surface of an optical chip. The use of light implies greater speed and bandwidth.