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Chia Wei (Wade) Hsu

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Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering-Electrophysics (Starting Fall 2019)


  • 2015, Doctoral Degree, Physics, Harvard University
  • 2010, Bachelor's Degree, Physics, Wesleyan University


Wade Hsu will join the USC Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering as an Assistant Professor in August 2019. He received his B.A. (with high honors) in physics and mathematics from Wesleyan University, then carried out his Ph.D. work at Harvard University and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow in applied physics at Yale University until he moves to USC.

Dr. Hsu has co-authored over 40 papers (including multiple published in Nature and Science), with over 1500 citations and an h-index of 20. He holds 4 granted patents with 1 application pending, 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.

Research Summary

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). On the theory side, his group performs (and sometimes develops) large-scale simulations in both frequency and time domains, as well as a variety of analytical treatments such as coupled-mode theory, random matrix theory, and diagrammatic methods.

Current interests include wave propagation in disordered media and multimode fibers, 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
  • Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering - Electrophysics

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Contact Information
  • cwhsu@usc.edu


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