Professor Mark Brongersma is known for his pioneering contributions and seminal works on plasmonics and silicon nanophotonics. Brongersma’s research is focused on building and characterizing nanoscale electronic and optical devices. His work could lead to advances in semiconductors, telecommunications, chemistry and biology. His research lab focuses on four main areas: plasmonics, semiconductor nanophotonics, infrared nano-optics and microcavity resonators. Brongersma was named to the American Physical Society in 2011. He received a 2007 Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching, the university’s highest teaching honor.