Costas M. Soukoulis, Iowa State University Distinguished Professor of Physics and Astronomy and Ames National Laboratory Scientist, dies at 73

Photo of Costas M. SoukoulisCostas M. Soukoulis, the Iowa State University Frances M. Craig Endowed Chair and a Distinguished Professor of Physics and Astronomy, died March 14 at the age of 73. He was also a Senior Scientist at Ames National Laboratory, and served at both institutions from 1984 until his retirement in 2020. 

At Ames National Laboratory, Soukoulis led the research efforts in metamaterials for close to two decades. At Iowa State University, Soukoulis was a dedicated teacher in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, and held courtesy appointments in the Departments of Materials Science and Engineering, and Electrical and Computer Engineering.

He mentored and advised numerous students, postdocs, and young scientists at both the University and the Laboratory, as well as at the Foundation for Research & Technology (FORTH) in Crete, Greece.

Costas Soukoulis was internationally recognized and highly respected in the field of condensed matter physics for his work in periodic and disordered systems, which included photonic bandgap materials, photonic crystals, lasers, magnetic systems, nonlinear systems, and amorphous semiconductors. READ MORE