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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 2017 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 Gold Medal Award in recognition of 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 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 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.

Sterling J. Backus, Kapteyn-Murnane Laboratories Inc., Boulder, Colorado, USA, was named the 2018 recipient of the 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 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 George W. Goddard Award in recognition of his exceptional achievements in the development of quantum structures based infrared detector and focal plane array technologies for aerospace applications.

2016 - Peter J. de Groot and James F. Biegen

The 2016 Rudolf Kingslake Medal and Prize is awarded to Peter J. de Groot and James F. Biegen for their paper entitled "Interference microscope objectives for wide-field areal surface topography measurements", from the July 2016 issue of Optical Engineering.

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 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 G.G. Stokes Award in recognition of his 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.

Karl A. Stetson, Karl Stetson Associates, LLC, Coventry, Connecticut, USA, is the 2018 recipient of the Chandra S. Vikram Award 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.

Laura Waller, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, California, USA, is the 2018 recipient of the 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, Cyber Security Research, Columbia, 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.

Stephen M. Pompea, National Optical Astronomy Observatory, Education and Public Outreach, Tucson, Arizona, USA, is the 2018 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.  

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

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.



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 was presented with his award at SPIE Photonics Europe in April 2016.

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