Andrew Hicks is the recipient of the Drexel University Research Award
June 4, 2010 — Dr. R. Andrew Hicks is an outstanding researcher in the field of applied mathematics and optical design. He has made numerous contributions via individual optical components that he has designed, and has created new mathematical models and algorithms for generating these components. A major focus of Dr. Hicks’ research is the development of generating mirrors and lenses that depict the world in a given prescribed way. Dr. Hicks's record includes strong publications in the top journals, external funding from government agencies (NSF, DARPA) and industry, and he is the inventor on potentially very valuable patents.
Recently, Dr. Hicks received a great deal of media attention for a design of a driver-side mirror of an automobile. What makes this design unusual is that it eliminates the blind-spot for the drivers, while keeping the image undistorted. Dr. Hicks has worked with Nissan for many years, which has funded the expensive prototypes that needed to be made. On January 12, 2009, the Philadelphia Inquirer devoted the front page of their Health & Science section to Dr. Hicks’s research. This work was noticed by other media entities, and followed by coverage in New Scientist, Scientific American and the London Metro. This latter coverage led to a live interview with BBC-5 London.