Ho Wai Howard Lee

  • Fellowship in 2012 at California Institute of Technology

Prof. Howard (Ho Wai) Lee is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics at Baylor University and IQSE Fellow and visiting professor in the Institute for Quantum Science and Engineering (IQSE) at TexasA&M. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Caltech, working with Prof. Harry Atwater in active plasmonics/metasurfaces. He received his PhD in Physics from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light in Germany in 2012 under the supervision of Prof. Philip Russell (2015 President of OSA). He received his BSc (Hons I) degree in applied physics from the City University of Hong Kong in 2006.

His current research focuses on active linear, nonlinear, and quantum plasmonic/metasurface/zero-index optics, quantum biophotonics and imaging, “meta”-fiber optics, and hybrid photonic-plasmonic on-chip optical devices. His work on nano-optics, plasmonics, and photonic crystals has led to publications in various journals, such as Science,Nano LettersAdvanced MaterialsACS Photonics, and Laser & Photonics Reviews as well as 45 invited talks and 130 conference papers. Dr. Lee is a recipient of a 2018 NSF CAREER Award, a 2017 DARPA Young Faculty Award, a 2018 OSA Ambassador, a 2017 APS Robert S. Hyer Award, a 2018 Baylor Young Investigator Award, a 2016 Baylor Proposal Development Award, and a 2012 Croucher Postdoctoral Fellowship. His group has awarded for external grants with total amount of > $3.5M in the first three and half years at Baylor University. He currently serves as an Associate Editor for OSA Continuum and Nature Scientific Report journals.


His research focuses on developing new techniques, including emerging active materials and nanostructures, to control the light-matter interaction at the nanometer length-scale, and to study new optical phenomena for development of novel nanophotonic applications. Specific research interests lie in the physics, nanoscale material sciences and device engineering of nano-optics, plasmonics, metamaterials/metasurfaces, zero-index optics, and photonic crystal fiber optics.

Specific research interest:

  • Active nanophotonics (plasmonics, metasurfaces, etc.)
  • Zero-index linear and nonlinear optics
  • Quantum and nonlinear nanophotonics
  • “Meta”-nanostructured fiber optics
  • Quantum bio/chemical optical sensing with nanophotonics
  • Hybrid photonic-plasmonic components/applications
  • In-fiber biosensing and Raman Spectroscopy