Yurii A Vlasov, Carle Illinois College of Medicine professor and Founder Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering. He is recognized for his contributions to the development and commercialization of silicon photonics for optical data communications.

Vlasov is among a class of 106 engineers and 23 foreign associates announced by the academy on February 9, 2021. Election to the NAE is one of the highest professional honors an engineer can garner. Its total of 2,355 members and 298 foreign associates are an elite group distinguished by their outstanding contributions to the fields of technology and engineering.

Vlasov joined Illinois in 2016; previously, he held research and managerial positions at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center. While at IBM, Vlasov pioneered and developed integrated silicon nanophotonics. The technology integrated electrical and optical devices on the same silicon chip, which enabled the chips to communicate using pulses of light as opposed to electrical signals. This innovation, which is deployed for commercial production through GlobalFoundries, is enabling high-performance optical connectivity in supercomputers, cloud data centers, and telecommunications, while significantly reducing cost and maximizing energy efficiency.

At Illinois, his research has pivoted to integrated neuro technologies. He established the Integrated Neurotechnology lab devoted to the development of advanced engineering approaches aimed at reverse engineering of the brain circuits, with the goal of getting insights on how our brain works to enable novel clinical treatments of neurological disorders.

Illinois ECE department head Bruce Hajek lauded the selection. “Dr. Vlasov is internationally recognized both as a highly accomplished scholar with major scientific discoveries in the area of nanophotonics, as well as an industrial engineer who has led the successful transition of this basic scientific knowledge into a real-world technology.”

As the world’s first engineering-based medical school, Carle Illinois integrates UIUC’s unparalleled assets in engineering, technology and supercomputing into all four years of its curriculum. Its four-pillar approach infuses basic sciences, clinical sciences, engineering and innovation, and medical humanities into all four years.

Yurii Vlasov is affiliated with The Grainger College of Engineering, the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, the Department of Bioengineering, the Holonyak Micro & Nanotechnology Lab, Beckman Institute, and the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.

The original article reporting Professor Yurii Vlasov’s election to the National Academy of Engineering can be found here.