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SPIE announces 2011 award winners

25 April 2011

BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA -- Each year SPIE recognizes outstanding achievements through its awards program. The Awards Committee is pleased to announce the 2011 SPIE Award recipients.

Gold Medal of the Society
Harrison H. Barrett, College of Optical Sciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA is the 2011 recipient of the Gold Medal Award in recognition of his efforts in advancing the understanding of image science, formulating rigorous mathematical approaches to the assessment and optimization of image quality, and developing numerous innovative photon imaging systems. View press release

The Gold Medal of the Society is the highest honor that the SPIE bestows. Beginning in 1977, it has been awarded annually in recognition of outstanding engineering or scientific accomplishments in optics, electro-optics, or photographic technologies or applications. The recipient(s) shall have made an exceptional contribution to the advancement of relevant technology.


A. E. Conrady Award
Alan Greynolds, Ruda-Cardinal, Inc., Tucson, AZ, USA , is the 2011 recipient of the A.E. Conrady Award in recognition of his significant advancement in the art of optical design software including the introduction of nonsequential ray tracing, ray splitting, Gaussian beam decomposition, coherent propagation, polarization propagation and straylight analysis. View press release.

The A. E. Conrady Award is presented annually in recognition of exceptional contributions in design, construction, and testing of optical systems and instrumentation, without which the technology would not have progressed to its present state.


Harold E. Edgerton Award
Daniel James Kane, Mesa Photonics, Santa Fe, NM, USA, is the 2011 recipient of the Harold E. Edgerton Award in recognition of his contributions to the characterization and application of ultrashort light pulses, including the first realization of timedomain retrieval of amplitude and phase using frequency-resolved optical gating. View press release

The Harold E. Edgerton Award is presented annually for outstanding contributions to optical or photonic techniques in the application and understanding of high speed physical phenomena. The development of new technologies and the new application of existing technologies shall be considered in the determination of the award.


Dennis Gabor Award
Wolfgang Osten, University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany, is the 2011 winner of the Dennis Gabor award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the development of holography-based technologies for measurements on large, micro and nano-structures. View press release.

The Dennis Gabor award is presented annually in recognition of outstanding accomplishments in diffractive wavefront technologies, especially those which further the development of holography and metrology applications.


George W. Goddard Award
James H. Churnside, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Boulder, CO, USA, is the 2011 recipient of the George W. Goddard Award in recognition of his creativity and leadership in developing and advancing the airborne fish lidar technique, and for wide-ranging contributions to optical propagation in the atmosphere and ocean. View press release.

The George W. Goddard Award is presented annually in recognition of exceptional achievement in optical or photonic instrumentation for aerospace, atmospheric science, or astronomy. The award is for the invention and development of a new technique, photonic instrumentation, instrument, or system.


G.G. Stokes Award
Johannes Fitzgerald de Boer, VU University, Amsterdam and Rotterdam Ophthalmic Institute, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, is the 2011 recipient of the G.G. Stokes Award in recognition of his seminal contributions to the development of polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography as a means for quantitatively assessing the depth-resolved birefringence of biological tissues, especially in ophthalmology. View press release

The G. G. Stokes Award is given annually for exceptional contribution to the field of optical polarization. The award may be presented for a specific achievement, development, or invention of significant importance to optical science and society, or may be given for lifetime achievement.


Chandra S. Vikram Award in Optical Metrology
Brian Thompson
, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, USA, is the 2011 recipient of the Chandra S. Vikram award in recognition of his efforts to engender the development of dynamic particle size analysis as well as for distinguished and all around contributions to optics in general and SPIE in particular. View press release.

The Chandra S. Vikram Award in Optical Metrology is given annually for exceptional contribution to the field of optical metrology. The award may be presented for a specific achievement, development, or invention of significant importance to optical metrology, or may be given for lifetime achievement.


Frits Zernike Award in Microlithography
Andrew R. Neureuther, University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA, is the 2011 recipient of the Frits Zernike Award for Microlithography in recognition of his pioneering contributions and leadership of university research on modeling and understandings of lithography physics for semiconductor manufacturing including electromagnetic scattering, optical imaging, resist profile evolution, defect printability and phase-sifting masks for precision instruments. View press release.

The Frits Zernike Award is given for outstanding accomplishments in microlithographic technology, especially those furthering the development of semiconductor lithographic imaging solutions.


SPIE Early Career Achievement Award
Aydogan Ozcan, University of California, Los Angeles, CA, USA, is the 2011 recipient of the Early Career Achievement Award in recognition of his pioneering contributions to non-destructive nonlinear material characterization techniques, nearfield and on-chip imaging and diagnostic systems. View press release.

The SPIE Early Career Achievement Award is given for the first time in 2008, to an early career professional in recognition of significant and innovative technical contributions to any of the engineering or scientific fields of interests to SPIE.


SPIE Educator Award
The Active Learning in Optics and Photonics (ALOP) Team, UNESCO, Paris, France is the 2011 Educator Award winner in recognition of the team's efforts under the auspices of UNESCO to bring basic optics and photonics training to teachers in the developing world. The ALOP team has literally "brought light" to hundreds of teachers and students with their hands-on workshops, inspiring a new generation of scientists in those nations. View press release

The SPIE Educator Award is presented annually in recognition of outstanding contributions to optics education by an SPIE instructor or an educator in the field. 


SPIE Technology Achievement Award
James J. Coleman, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, USA, is the 2011 recipient of the Technology Achievement award in recognition of his seminal contributions to the methods, designs, and demonstrations of selectivity grown discrete and monolithically integrated compound semiconductor lasers and photonic devices. View press release.

The SPIE Technology Achievement award is awarded annually to recognize outstanding technical accomplishment in optics, electro-optics, photonic engineering, or imaging. The recipient(s) shall have contributed significantly to the advancement of one or more of these areas with specific demonstration(s) or application(s).


SPIE presents several yearly awards that recognize outstanding individual and team technical accomplishments and meritorious service to the Society. SPIE urges you to nominate a colleague for his or her outstanding achievements. Nominations may be made through October 1 of any given year and are considered active for three years from the submission date. Visit SPIE.org/x1164.xml for instructions and nomination forms.  


SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, was founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. Serving more than 180,000 constituents from 168 countries, the Society advances emerging technologies through interdisciplinary information exchange, continuing education, publications, patent precedent and career and professional growth. SPIE annually organizes and sponsors approximately 25 major technical forums, exhibitions and education programs in North America, Europe, Asia and the South Pacific, and supports scholarships, grants and other education programs around the world.

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