Official Job Title
Email Address
Office Building
Office Room Number
Technical Interest Group(s)

Wenshan Cai is a full professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, with a joint appointment in Materials Science and Engineering. Prior to joining Georgia Tech in 2012, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University. Dr. Cai received his B.S. and M.S. from Tsinghua University in 2000 and 2002, respectively, and his Ph.D. from Purdue University in 2008. His research is focused on nanophotonic materials and devices, in which he has made major impacts on the evolving field of plasmonics and metamaterials. Dr. Cai has published ~100 journal articles, which in total have been cited over 20,000 times. He authored the book, Optical Metamaterials: Fundamentals and Applications, which is used as a textbook or a major reference around the world. Dr. Cai is the recipient of several distinctions, including the OSA/SPIE Joseph W. Goodman Book Writing Award and the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award. He is a Fellow of SPIE. 

  • Micro and nanophotonics 
  • Plasmonics and metamaterials 
  • Nonlinear optics and ultrafast phenomena 
  • Optoelectronics and integrated photonics 
  • Photophysics of hot carriers 
  • Solar energy harvesting 
  • Polarization optics 
  • Optical sensing 
  • Optical design with machine learning 
Distinctions & Awards
  • Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award (ONR YIP), 2017
  • CooperVision Science & Technology Award, 2016
  • OSA and SPIE Joseph W. Goodman Book Writing Award, 2014
  • Optical Society of America New Focus/Bookham Student Award, 2008
  • Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Students Abroad, 2007
  • Nanotech Briefs Nano 50 Award in the Technology category, 2006
  • Graduate with Honors, Tsinghua University, 2002