Francesco Monticone is an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell University. He received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. (summa cum laude) degrees from Politecnico di Torino, Italy, in 2009 and 2011, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, in 2016, where he was advised by Prof. Andrea Alu. Dr. Monticone joined the faculty of Cornell University in January 2017.

Dr. Monticone’s current research interests are in the areas of applied electromagnetics, metamaterials, plasmonics, and nanophotonics, with applications ranging from microwaves to optical frequencies. His research group at Cornell University investigates – theoretically, numerically and experimentally – innovative and extreme aspects of wave interaction with engineered metamaterials and nano-structures, which may have strong scientific and practical impact in the coming years. His recent research work spans a broad range of topics including extreme scattering engineering, cloaking and invisibility, nanoparticles, nanocircuits, nanoantennas, parity-time symmetry, non-Hermitian electromagnetic systems, advanced metasurfaces, and topological electromagnetics/photonics, with particular emphasis on cross-disciplinary research that takes inspiration from different scientific domains.

Dr. Monticone has authored and co-authored more than 100 scientific contributions in peer-reviewed journal papers, book chapters, and peer-reviewed conference proceedings, receiving more than 2500 citations, and has given over 20 invited talks and seminars. His papers have appeared in several high-impact journals, including Physical Review Letters (three times selected as “Editor’s Suggestion”), Nature Nanotechnology, Proceedings of the IEEE, Optica, and Science. Some of his research work has been picked up by national and international media outlets, such as BBC, NBC News, The Huffington Post, and Time Magazine. Dr. Monticone received the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Young Investigator Program Award (YIP) in 2018. He was also the recipient of the Inaugural Margarida Jacome Dissertation Award, awarded by The University of Texas at Austin, the 2017 Raj Mittra Travel Grant Award, a WNCG Student Leadership Award and the H.L. Bruce Graduate Fellowship, both from UT Austin, an IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society Doctoral Research Award, an IEEE Photonics Society Graduate Student Fellowship, and the Best Student Paper Award at the conference Metamaterials’2013. Dr. Monticone is serving as a reviewer for several journals and international conferences, and has been a member of the organizing committee of the Metamaterials congress series since 2015. Dr. Monticone is a member of the IEEE, the American Physical Society (APS), the Optical Society of America (OSA), and is a full member of the International Union of Radio Science (URSI).


Here you can download Francesco Monticone’s full Curriculum Vitae (updated October, 2018).



  • M.Sc. in Electronics Engineering, 2009 – 2011  (Summa cum laude and honors).  Politecnico di Torino, Italy.

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