Prof. Venugopal Rao Soma

Fellow Member | Senior Professor at Univ of Hyderabad
Soma, Venugopal Rao
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SPIE Membership: 19.0 years
SPIE Awards: Fellow status | Senior status
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Area of Expertise: Ultrafast Optics, Nanophotonics, Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy, Nonlinear Optics, Ultrafast Spectroscopy, Femtosecond laser-matter interaction
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Prof. Soma obtained M.Sc. (Physics) in 1994 and Ph.D. (Physics) from the University of Hyderabad in 2000. He worked as a research fellow at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, UK, from 2000 to 2003 and as a senior research fellow at the National University of Singapore from 2003 to 2004. He worked as an assistant professor at IIT Guwahati from 2004 to 2007 and joined the University of Hyderabad as a reader in 2007. He later became an Associate Professor in 2010 and Professor in 2013. He is now a Senior Professor at the University of Hyderabad.


- Successfully guided 13 Ph.D. students; 2 more are currently under supervision
- Mentored numerous post-doctoral, M.Sc., undergraduate students


- 1 book and 17 book chapters
- >425 papers in refereed journals and international conference proceedings
- Presented >150 papers at various international/national conferences
- >10480 citations (Google Scholar Citations), h-index of 57


- Delivered >80 invited talks
- Presented 3 KEYNOTE and 4 plenary talks


- Fellow IAAM, 2023.
- MRSI medal, 2022
- Fellow, National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI), 2021
- Recognized as the top 2% scientist in optics/photonics, Stanford University, 2020
- Fellow, Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC), UK, 2020
- Fellow, Institute of Physics, London, UK, 2019
- PUBLONS TOP Peer Reviewer Award, 2018 and 2019
- Fellow, Telangana Academy of Sciences, 2017
- Chancellor’s Award, University of Hyderabad, 2016
- NASI-SCOPUS Award, Physics category, 2012
- Senior Member of prestigious organizations: OPTICA, SPIE, IEEE


- Associate Editor, Optics Letters
- Associate Editor, Opto-electronic Advances
- Editorial Board Member, Defence Science Journal, India
- Associate Editor, RSC Advances
- Member, Editorial Board for “Optics and Photonics” section of “Frontiers in Physics” journal

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