Thursday, January 15, 9:45 AM
Professor Fink received a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering (1994) and a B.A. degree in Physics (1995) from the Technion, Haifa. In 2000 he was awarded a Ph.D. degree in Materials Science from MIT. That same year, he joined the faculty of the MIT Materials Science and Engineering Department, and in 2011 he became a joint professor of electrical engineering and computer science. He was a recipient of the Weizmann Institute Amos De-Shalit Foundation Scholarship in 1992, was awarded the Hershel Rich Technion Innovation Competition in 1994, was a recipient of the Technology Review Award for the 100 Top Young Innovators in 1999, and was awarded the National Academy of Sciences Initiatives in Research Award for 2004. In 2006 he won the Joseph Lane Award for Excellence in Teaching, and in 2007 was named one of the MIT MacVicar Fellows, an award given in recognition of outstanding teaching abilities. Professor Fink’s research group has pioneered the field of multimaterial multifunctional fibers. His research focuses on extending the frontiers of fiber materials from optical transmission to encompass electronic, optoelectronic and even acoustic properties. Professor Fink is a co-founder of OmniGuide Inc. (2000) and served as its chief executive officer from 2007–2010; he is currently an active member the Board. He is the coauthor of over seventy-five scientific journal articles, and holds over forty issued U.S. patents on photonic fibers and devices.