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Michal Lipson is the Eugene Higgins Professor of Electrical Engineering at Columbia University. Her research focus is on Nanophotonics and includes the investigation of novel phenomena, as well as the development of novel devices and applications. Lipson pioneered critical building blocks in the field of Silicon Photonics, which today is recognized as one of the most promising directions for solving the major bottlenecks in microelectronics. She is the inventor of over 30 issued patents and has co-authored more than 200 scientific publications. In recognition of her work in silicon photonics she was awarded the MacArthur Fellowship, the Blavatnik Award, and the Optical Society’s R. W. Wood Prize. She was recently named the recipient of the 2019 IEEE Photonics Award. In 2018 an honorary degree from Trinity College, University of Dublin was conferred upon her. Since 2014 she has been named by Thomson Reuters as a top 1% highly cited researcher in the field of Physics.