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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 2016 SPIE Award recipients.

Paras N Prasad, Executive Director, Institute for Lasers, Photonics and Biophotonics, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York, USA, is the 2016 recipient of the Gold Medal Award in recognition of his numerous, world renowned, pioneering contributions to nonlinear optics, nanophotonics and biophotonics, as well as over three decades of outstanding service to SPIE. 

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David Alan Boas, of Harvard University in Charlestown, Massachusetts, is the 2016 recipient of the SPIE Britton Chance Biomedical Award.  SPIE presents this award in recognition of his  development, application, and dissemination of near infrared spectroscopy and imaging for imaging breast cancer and the functioning brain, and for his perseverance in developing several innovative microscopic methods to further advance our knowledge of cerebral physiology.

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Lacy Cook, Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems, El Segundo, CA, USA, is the 2016 recipient of the A.E. Conrady Award in recognition of his efforts advancing the realm of reflective design forms over the course of more than forty years in the design of optical systems.

Christopher P. J. Barty, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, California, USA, is the 2016 recipient of the Harold E. Edgerton Award in recognition of his efforts in the development of foundational techniques that have enabled ultrafast intense lasers, and for pioneering contributions to time-resolved, x-ray and gamma-ray science conducted with such lasers.

Ting-Chung Poon, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA, is the 2016 winner of the Dennis Gabor Award in recognition of his pioneering contributions to optical scanning holography (OSH), which has contributed significantly to the development of novel digital holography and 3-D Imaging.

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Supriya Chakrabarti, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, Lowell, Massachusetts, USA, is the 2016 recipient of the George W. Goddard Award in recognition of his efforts as an innovative scientist, a visionary physicist, a scholar of extraordinary insight, and as an extraordinary role model.

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The 2015 Rudolf Kingslake Medal and Prize is awarded to Xinmin Shen, Qunzhang Tu, Hui Deng, Guoliang Jiang and Kazuya Yamamura for their paper entitled "Mechanism analysis on finishing of reaction-sintered silicon carbide by combination of water vapor plasma oxidation and ceria slurry polishing", from the May 2015 issue of Optical Engineering.

Shui-Chih Alan Lien, ShenZhen Star Optoelectronic Technology Co Ltd, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China, is the 2016 recipient of the G.G. Stokes Award in recognition of his contributions to develop the extended Jones matrix formulation, which has been widely used to calculate electro-optics effects and the polarization change through each layer of a liquid crystal display device.

James D. Trolinger, MetroLaser Inc., Laguna Hills, California, USA is the 2016 recipient of the Chandra S. Vikram Award in recognition of his pioneering development and fielding of laser-based, state-of-the-art, optical diagnostic methods.

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Yan Borodovsky, Portland, Oregon, USA is the 2016 recipient of the Frits Zernike Award for Microlithography in recognition of his efforts towards the advancement of multi-generational lithography process solutions and as a key contributor of patterning approaches and layout design rules at Intel. 

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Jie Yao, University of California, Berkeley, California, USA, is the 2016 recipient of the Early Career Achievement Award - Academic focus - in recognition of his contributions to the investigation of light matter interaction at deep subwavelength scale, and development of optical materials for nanophotonic applications.

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Homan Yuen, NewGen Venture Partners, Palo Alto, California, USA, is the 2016 recipient of the Early Career Achievement Award - Industry focus- in recognition of his efforts in the advancement of the dilute nitride semiconductor materials system and commercialization of world record multi-junction solar cells.

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Cheng Chung (C.C.) Lee, National Central University, Chung-Li Taoyuan, Taiwan, is the 2016 Educator Award winner in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the growth of the Institute of Optical Sciences and the Department of Optics and Photonics at the National Central University in Taiwan, advances in the science and engineering of optical thin films and coatings by mentoring students and industry personnel, and inspiring high school students to study optics and photonics.

Kent D. Choquette, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, USA, is the 2016 recipient of the Technology Achievement Award for contributions to the development of high performance vertical cavity surface emitting lasers, particularly the invention of the practical oxide-confined VCSEL, which has been widely deployed in data communication optical links within the internet, data centers, and supercomputer applications.

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Valery Tuchin, is the 2016 recipient of the Joseph W. Goodman Book Writing Award for Tissue Optics: Light Scattering Methods and Instruments for Medical Diagnosis, 3rd ed., published by SPIE Press in 2015.

Professor Tuchin will accept the award at SPIE Photonics Europe in April 2016.

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