Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
- 2015, Doctoral Degree, Physics, Harvard University
- 2010, Bachelor's Degree, Physics, Wesleyan University
Wade Hsu joined the USC Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in August 2019. He received his B.A. with high honors in physics and mathematics from Wesleyan University, and carried out his Ph.D. work at Harvard University and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Before coming to USC, he was a postdoctoral fellow in applied physics at Yale University.
Dr. Hsu has co-authored over 40 papers, with over 2000 citations and h-index over 20. He holds 5 granted patents and is serving as a research advisor for a start-up company Lux Labs. His work has been featured in scientific magazines and the media such as Nature, Scientific American, Physics Today, BBC News, Huffington Post, and CNET.
Dr. Hsu works on photonics in complex systems, where physics and applications meet. He has pioneered new ways to confine light in nanophotonic structures and to control wave propagation in scattering media, as well as inventing transparent displays based on resonant scattering.
His group employs a combination of experimental, numerical, and analytical techniques. The common experimental tools include optical characterizations, wavefront shaping with spatial light modulators (to synthesize customized light fields), and nanofabrication (to create tailored photonic structures). First-principles electromagnetic simulations, some developed within the group, are used extensively to guide and to supplement the experiments. A variety of analytical treatments—such as coupled-mode theory, random matrix theory, and diagrammatic methods—provide simple (yet often quantitative) insights.
Current interests include wave propagation in disordered and complex media, computational imaging, bound states in the continuum, non-Hermitian photonics, topological photonics, optical computing, photonic crystals, plasmonics, metamaterials and metasurfaces, and computational electromagnetics.
- 2017 Blavatnik Regional Award for Young Scientists Finalist
- 2011 Taiwan Ministry of Education Study Abroad Scholarship
- 2010 Harvard University Purcell Fellowship
- 2010 American Physical Society LeRoy Apker Award
- 2010 Wesleyan University Bertman Prize (2010), Graham Prize (2010), Juan Roura-Parella Prize (2010), Weller Prize (2009), Karl Van Dyke Prize (2009 & 2008), Johnston Prize (2007)
- 2006 Wesleyan University Freeman Scholarship