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  Svetlana V. Boriskina, PhD




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  Mechanical Engineering Department

Massachusetts Institute of Technology










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Last updated: 07 May 2016

Grants, awards, achievements

Awards and honors

Paper prizes

  • Young Scientist Award, URSI Commission B International Symposium (Victoria, Canada), 2001
  • 3-rd prize, Best student paper contest of the MMET*96 International Conference (Lviv, Ukraine), 1996
  • 1-st prize, Young Scientist Paper Contest, School of Radiophysics, V. Karazin Kharkov National University, 1994
  • 1-st prize, Best student paper contest of the MMET*94 International Conference (Kharkov, Ukraine), 1994


  • Royal Society/NATO Postdoctoral Fellowship (UK), 1999-2000
  • IEEE MTT Society Graduate Student Scholarship Award, 1997
  • Post-Graduate Student Scholarship, ISSEP Foundation (Switzerland-Ukraine), 1996-1997
  • Graduate Fellowship in Advanced Electromagnetics, SUMMA Foundation (USA), 1996
  • Student Scholarship from the ISSEP Foundation (USA), 1994-1995
  • Honorary Scholarship from INEK Company (Kiev, Ukraine), 1994
  • Full merit graduate and post-graduate scholarships from the V. Karazin Kharkov National University, 1990-1998

Research funding

  • DOE-BES AWARD "Spectrally-tunable far-field thermal radiation extraction from micro and nanostructures" 2014-2017 (co-PI)

  • DOE ARPA-E FOCUS AWARD "Full-spectrum stacked solar-thermal and PV receiver" 2014-2017 (co-PI)

  • NATO Collaborative Linkage Grant “Micro- and nano-cavity structures for imaging, biosensing and novel materials” (with the University of Nottingham, UK and Helsinki University of Technology, Finland), 2006-2008 (PI & Project Coordinator)

  • "Analysis and optimization of multilayered metal-dielectric mirrors for optical temperature sensors for linear electron accelerators," National Scientific Center "Kharkov Institute of Physics and Technology", 2006 (PI)

  • Young Scientist Research Grant of the President of Ukraine, 2006 (team member)

  • Realising Our Potential Award “Modelling and optimisation of optoelectronic structures based on novel cavities and waveguides”, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC, UK), 2002-2004 (recognized researcher)

  • Royal Society/NATO Postdoctoral Fellowship (UK), 1999-2000 (post-doctoral fellow)

Education and public outreach activities grants

  • OSA Incubator on Fundamental Limits in Optical Energy Conversion (OSA, DOE-BES, ARPA-E, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Physical Sciences, Inc), 2014 (chair)
  • Optics Discovery Club; Optical Society of America (OSA), 2007 (organizer)
  • Graduate Lecture Course “Electromagnetic Theory on Micro- and Nano-Scale”; International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE), 2006 (PI)
  • Young Researchers Career Development Workshop, 2006, 2007; OSA, SPIE, ICTP (chair)
  • High-school students photography contest “Optical Image: Physics behind the Scenes”; OSA Foundation, 2006, 2007 (co-organizer)
  • Advanced School for children interested in pursuing careers in science and education; ISSEP Foundation (Switzerland-Ukraine), 1996-1997 (co-founder and teacher)

Travel grants


2007:     ICTP (Trieste, Italy)

2006:     ICTP (Trieste, Italy); Optical Society of America

2001:     URSI Commission B

1998:     IEEE MTT Society; Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft

1996:     US Civilian Research Development Foundation (CRDF); East Ukraine IEEE Chapter