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Lim named Schmidt Science Fellow

Applied physics alumnus recognized for acoustic imaging research

Former SEAS graduate student Soon Wei Daniel Lim and professor Federico Capasso standing in front of red brick buildings in Harvard Yard

Soon Wei Daniel Lim, Ph.D. '23, with advisor Federico Capasso

Soon Wei Daniel Lim, Ph.D. ‘23, has been named to the 2024 cohort of Schmidt Science Fellows. Founded in 2018, the Schmidt Science Fellows Program helps scientists drive sector-wide change by identifying, developing, and amplifying the next generation of interdisciplinary science leaders. Each Fellow will undertake a year-long Science Leadership Program to develop the skills, experience and networks necessary to become the next generation of interdisciplinary science leaders alongside a one- to two-year research placement at a new institution, which will kick off later this year.

Lim studied applied physics at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), where he was advised by Federico Capasso, Robert L. Wallace Professor of Applied Physics and Vinton Hayes Senior Research Fellow in Electrical Engineering. His research focused on imaging technologies such as large-scale metalenses and optical structures made out of darkness. He’s now at the Stanford University School of Medicine, where he researches miniaturized acoustic sources as a low-cost method of diagnostic imaging.

“Ultrasound is a safe, affordable, and commonly used medical imaging tool. However, it has limitations due to poor spatial resolution and inconsistent results across different operators,” Lim said. “If successful, this approach could lead to more precise diagnoses for a broader range of diseases, of particular benefit in remote or economically disadvantaged areas, where more costly imaging technologies are less accessible.”