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Dewen Cheng awarded Michael Kidger Memorial Scholarship

02 October 2009

BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA - Dewen Cheng, a PhD candidate at the College of Optoelectronics, Beijing Institute of Technology, has been selected as the 2009 Michael Kidger Memorial Scholarship winner. The award was presented at the SPIE Optics+Photonics conference in August, and consists of a $5,000 grant supported by the Michael Kidger Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Cheng's thesis supervisor is Yongtian Wang of the Beijing Institute of Technology. Cheng is currently conducting his research under a joint education program at the College of Optical Sciences, Univ. of Arizona, where Hong Hua is his co-supervisor.

The Michael Kidger Memorial Scholarship was established in 1998 to honor Michael John Kidger, a well-respected educator, design software developer, and member of the optical science and engineering community.

Andrew Wood, Optical Design Manager for Qioptiq Ltd, was recently named the new chair of the Michael Kidger Memorial Scholarship Committee, replacing outgoing chair David Williamson of Nikon Research Corp.

"I am honoured to succeed David Williamson as chair of the Michael Kidger memorial scholarship committee," said Wood. "Michael was an inspiring teacher and played an important role in my early development as an optical designer. It is extremely fitting that each year the scholarship is able to support the development of a promising student of optical design and I look forward to playing my part in its continued success."

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