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Chia Wei Wade Hsu

Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering


  • 2015, Doctoral Degree, Physics, Harvard University
  • 2010, Bachelor's Degree, Physics, Wesleyan University


Wade Hsu joined the USC Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in August 2019. He received his B.A. with high honors in Physics and Mathematics from Wesleyan University and did his Ph.D. in Physics at Harvard University and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with Marin Soljačić. Before coming to USC, he was a postdoctoral fellow in Applied Physics at Yale University with A. Douglas Stone and Hui Cao.

Dr. Hsu has co-authored over 50 papers, with over 9000 citations and an h-index of over 30. He holds 5 granted patents. His work has been featured in scientific magazines and the media such as Nature, Scientific American, Physics Today, BBC News, Huffington Post, and CNET. He serves on the Editorial Board of the Nature Portfolio journal Communications Physics.

Research Summary

Dr. Hsu works on optics in complex systems, at the intersection of physics and applications. He has pioneered new ways to confine light in nanophotonic structures (called "bound states in the continuum"), control wave propagation in scattering media, and invented transparent displays based on resonant scattering. His group currently works on overcoming light scattering to image deep inside opaque media, computational electromagnetics for massively multi-channel systems, fundamental bounds of optical systems, inverse design, and the nonlinear dynamics of lasers near exceptional points. The research in his group employs a combination of analytic theory, simulations, experiments, data processing, and optimizations. An overall theme is the integration of physics and computation. See more at the group website


  • 2024 IEEE Photonics Society Young Investigator Award
  • 2024 USC Viterbi Junior Faculty Research Award
  • 2023 PIERS Young Scientist Award
  • 2022 National Science Foundation CAREER Award
  • 2021 Sony Faculty Innovation Award
  • 2020 Charles Lee Powell Faculty Research Award
  • 2017 Blavatnik Regional Award for Young Scientists Finalist
  • 2010 Harvard Purcell Fellowship
  • 2010 American Physical Society LeRoy Apker Award
  • 2010 Wesleyan Bertman Prize (2010), Graham Prize (2010), Juan Roura-Parella Prize (2010), Weller Prize (2009), Karl Van Dyke Prize (2009 & 2008), Johnston Prize (2007)
  • 2006 Wesleyan Freeman Scholarship
  • Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering - Electrophysics
  • PHE 610
  • Charles Lee Powell Hall
  • 3737 Watt Way, Los Angeles, CA 90089
  • USC Mail Code: 2560
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  • (213) 740-0305
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