Svetlana V. Boriskina, PhD

     Research Scientist & MechE Communication Lab Manager, MIT            











Teaching & mentoring

Special issues & sessions



Last updated: 13 Feb 2018

Grants, awards, leadership

Awards and honors

  • Board Membership, Scientific Advisory Committee of Optics and Photonics News, 2016-2019
  • Chairmanship, OSA Technical Group 'Optics for Energy', 2014-2017
  • Senior Membership, Optical Society of America (OSA), 2012
  • Joint Award of ICO (International Commission for Optics) and ICTP (Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics) Award, 2007
  • Senior Membership, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2006


  • 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

  • DOD, via US Army NSRDEC & MIT Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies, ‘Thermal management of fibers and films – smart textile platforms for heating, cooling, and signature’ 2018-2021 (PI)

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

  • 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)

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

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

  • EFRC 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 fundraising

  • MIT-SUDT grant for developing and teaching a course "Making impressions with light" at the SUTD Winter Abroad Program at MIT (PI)
  • Grants from DOE-BES, ARPA-E, MIT Lincoln Lab & Physical Sciences Inc. to organize "OSA Incubator on Fundamental Limits in Optical Energy Conversion", Washington DC, Nov. 2014 (PI, Chair)
  • Grant from the Optical Society of America (OSA) to organize Optics Discovery Club at Kharkov National University, Ukraine, 2007 (PI)
  • Grants from OSA, SPIE, ICTP to organize Young Researchers Career Development Workshop, Kharkov, Ukraine (PI, Chair)
  • SPIE Educational Grant for developing of a series of public seminars and a graduate lecture course ‘Electromagnetic Theory on Micro- and Nano-Scale’ (PI)
  • Grant from the OSA Foundation to organize Kharkov City high-school photography contest "Optical image: physics behind the scenes" (PI)
  • Award from ISSEP Foundation for the Advanced Science School for children (Co-founder)