Prem Kumar, professor of electrical and computer engineering at Northwestern University, has been named editor-in-chief of Optica, a journal published by The Optical Society (OSA) Publishing. His appointment began January 1, 2020.

Kumar’s research focuses on nonlinear and quantum optical devices for applications, including photonic entanglement in quantum information networks; novel quantum light states for precision measurements, imaging, and sensing; and networked classical optical communications.

Kumar, who also directs the Center for Photonic Communication and Computing in Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering, is an OSA Fellow who has been active on various OSA conference program committees. He led a student chapter, served on OSA’s Publications Council, and was a member of a committee to review Optics Express. Kumar was a topical editor for Optics Letters for 10 years and guest edited the Journal of the Optical Society of America B centennial article collection in 2016. He takes over the editor-in-chief position from Alexander L. Gaeta, who led the journal from its inception in 2014 through 2019.

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