Prof Andrea M Armani

University of Southern California

Andrea Armani


United States


  • Academia

Job Function

  • Research & Development


Andrea Armani received her BA in physics from the University of Chicago (2001) and her PhD in applied physics with a minor in biology from the California Institute of Technology (2007), where she continued as the Clare Boothe Luce post-doctoral Fellow in biology and chemical engineering. She is currently the Fluor Early Career Chair of Engineering and Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science with courtesy appointments in Electrical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering in the Viterbi School of Engineering as well as Chemistry in the Dornsife College at the University of Southern California. She is also the Director of the Northrop Grumman-Institute of Optical Nanomaterials and Nanophotonics at USC. She spent her 2015 sabbatical at Northrop Grumman as a Northrop Faculty Fellow.

Prof. Armani is actively involved in several different professional societies, serving on and chairing conference technical committees for IEEE, OSA, and SPIE. In addition, she is currently an associate editor for Optics Letters and routinely serves on review panels for NSF, NIH, and ARPA-E. She is a member of AAAS and AIChE, and a senior member of IEEE, OSA, and SPIE.

Prof. Armani has received several awards and has been recognized by numerous agencies, including the Sigma Xi award for excellence in research (2001), the SPIE BiOS Young Investigator Award (2008), ONR Young Investigator Award (2009), Technology Review Top 35 Innovators under 35 (2009), Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program New Investigator Award (2010), USC Mellon Mentoring Award for Undergraduate Mentoring (2010), NIH New Innovator Award (2010), Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (2009), Popular Science's Brilliant 10 (2013), World Economic Forum's Young Scientist Award (2014), World Economic Forum's Young Global Leader (2015), STS Forum Future Leader (2015), and the Hanna Reisler Award for Mentoring (2016).


California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, California, United States
Other Engineering
To 2007

The University of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois, United States
To 2001


  • AIChE Senior Member

Current Entity Roles

  • University of Southern California Student Chapter (Advisor)

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