He received his B.S. degree with high honors in Electrical Engineering from the Faculty of Engineering (Fanni) at University of Tehran in 1978, and his Ph.D. degree from Caltech in 1982. He is currently the H. Nedwill Ramsey Professor of Electrical and Systems Engineering at University of Pennsylvania.
He received the Guggenheim Fellowship in 1999 for his work on “Fractional paradigm of classical electrodynamics.” The Scientific American selected Nader Engheta as one of the top 50 leaders in Science and Technology for the year 2005-2006.
Awards and honors
- Fellow of the American Physical Society (since November 2008)
- Recipient of the George H. Heilmeier Faculty Award 2008 for Excellence in Research
- Top 50 research leaders of the year 2006, Scientific American Magazine 
- IEEE Third Millennium Medal
- Guggenheim Fellowship (1999)
- Fellow of the Optical Society of America (since March 1999)
- UPS Foundation Distinguished Educator term Chair
- Fulbright Naples Chair Award (1998)
- Fellow of IEEE (since January 1996)
- S. Reid Warren Jr. Award
- W. M. Keck Foundation’s Engineering Teaching Excellence Award (1995)
- Christian F. and Mary R. Lindback Foundation Award (1994)
- NSF Presidential Young Investigator (PYI) Award (1989)
- Engheta, Nader; Ziolkowski, Richard W., eds (July 2006). Metamaterials: Physics and Engineering Explorations. Wiley–IEEE Press. pp. 440. ISBN 978-0-47176-102-0.