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Current Award Winners

Each year SPIE recognizes outstanding achievements through its awards program. The Awards Committee is pleased to announce the 2018 SPIE Award recipients.

Paul Corkum, Joint Laboratory for Attosecond Science, University of Ottawa and National Research Council of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, is the 2018 recipient of the SPIE Gold Medal Award in recognition of his conceptual contributions and the development of new laser methods that have led to the creation of the field of attoscience.

Tayyaba Hasan, Wellman Institute Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, is the 2018 recipient of the SPIE Britton Chance Biomedical Award.  SPIE presents this award in recognition of her trailblazing contributions to the field of Photodynamic Therapy and its clinical translation, your leadership and your service to the photonics community.

Elizabeth M.C. Hillman, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA is the 2018 recipient of the SPIE Biophotonics Technology Innovator Award in recognition of her notable scientific contributions in optical imaging techniques for biological applications.

Philip Rogers, is the 2018 recipient of the SPIE A.E. Conrady Award in recognition of his many and very significant contributions to the art of optical design; especially for designs optimized for manufacture, and for major efforts over 40 years in assisting organizations in Europe and the USA in disseminating information and furthering education in optical design.

Laura Waller, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, California, USA, is the 2018 recipient of the SPIE Early Career Achievement Award - Academic focus - in recognition of her contributions to biomedical and industrial science through development of computational imaging hardware and software for phase retrieval, 3D imaging and partially coherent systems.

Misty Blowers, Peraton, Hanover, Maryland, USA, is the 2018 recipient of the Early Career Achievement Award - Industry focus - in recognition of her dedication to advancing applied machine learning solutions to help solve real world problems, and contributions to her employer, SPIE, the US Air Force and US National security.

Sterling J. Backus, Kapteyn-Murnane Laboratories Inc., Boulder, Colorado, USA, was named the 2018 recipient of the SPIE Harold E. Edgerton Award in recognition of his sustained enabling contributions to the development of ultrafast lasers based on Ti:sapphire; specifically in developing Ti:sapphire laser amplifiers that can attain pulse durations at the fundamental gain -bandwidth limits, as well as at unprecedented high-average power.

Kishan Dholakia, University of St Andrews, School of Physics & Astronomy, North Haugh, St. Andrews, Fife, is the 2018 winner of the SPIE Dennis Gabor Award in recognition of his work in optical beam shaping using dynamic and static diffractive optics. This work has led to paradigm shifts in manipulation, nano-surgery and imaging and has enabled new routes for the understanding of holographic light fields for a range of applications.

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Sarath Deshapriya Gunapala, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Infrared Photonics Group, Pasadena, California, USA, receives the 2018 SPIE George W. Goddard Award in Space and Airborne Optics in recognition of his exceptional achievements in the development of quantum structures based infrared detector and focal plane array technologies for aerospace applications.

Michael T. Eismann, Air Force Research Lab, Wright Patterson Afb, Ohio, USA, is the 2018 recipient of the Joseph W. Goodman Book Writing Award for Hyperspectral Remote Sensingpublished by SPIE Press in 2012.

Dr. Eismann will accept his award at Defense + Commercial Sensing in April 2018.

SPIE Kingslake 2018 Winners

2017 - Christof Pruß, Goran Bastian Baer, Johannes Schindler and Wolfgang Osten

The 2017 Rudolf Kingslake Medal and Prize is awarded to Christof Pruß,Goran Bastian Baer, Johannes Schindler and Wolfgang Osten for their paper entitled "Measuring aspheres quickly: tilted wave interferometry," from the November 2017 issue of Optical Engineering.

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Din Ping Tsai, Director and Distinguished Research Fellow at the Research Center for Applied Sciences, Academia Sinica, Nankang, Taipei, Taiwan, is the 2018 winner of the SPIE Mozi Award in recognition of his eminent contributions to the optical Meta-lens and Metadevice.

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Tom Baur, Meadowlark Optics, Frederick, Colorado, USA, is the 2018 recipient of the SPIE G.G. Stokes Award in Optical Polarization in recognition of a lifetime of leadership in polarization optical components through Meadowlark Optics and for revolutionizing the polarization field through commercialization of liquid crystal variable retarders.

Paul D. Dapkus, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California , USA, is the 2018 recipient of the SPIE Aden and Marjorie Meinel Technology Achievement Award for his pioneering and sustained contributions to the development of metal organic chemical vapor deposition and high performance optoelectronic device technology.

Karl A. Stetson, Karl Stetson Associates, LLC, Coventry, Connecticut, USA, is the 2018 recipient of the SPIE Chandra S. Vikram Award in Optical Metrology in recognition of his work as an original pioneer in the field of holography, as well as his efforts to discover, explain, and formulate several variations of holographic interferometry.

Stephen M. Pompea, National Optical Astronomy Observatory, Education and Public Outreach, Tucson, Arizona, USA, is the 2018 SPIE Maria J. Yzuel Educator Award winner in recognition of his outstanding scholarly contributions to optics and photonics education and for the design and development of high quality optics education materials and programs internationally.  

Eugene Arthurs, SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, Bellingham, Washington, USA, has been selected as recipient of the 2018 SPIE President's Award. The SPIE President's Award recognizes Arthurs' commitment to SPIE through outstanding leadership in the field of photonics and optics, especially in the growth and pervasiveness of SPIE throughout the world.

James Grote, Air Force Research Lab, Dayton, Ohio, USA, has been selected as recipient of the 2018 SPIE Directors' Award.  The award recognizes Grote's meritorious contributions to SPIE through years of service on the Board of Directors, the Symposia Committee, and on numerous leadership and conference organizing committees.