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SPIE awards recognize photonics excellence and service to Society

30 August 2011

BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA -- SPIE President Katarina Svanberg presented awards or scholarships to ten individuals and one team at the Society's recently concluded annual awards and recognition banquet at the SPIE Optics and Photonics meeting in San Diego.

The Gold Medal of the Society is the highest honor the Society 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.  

Dereniak and BarrettThe Gold Medal of the Society was awarded to Harrison H. Barrett, College of Optical Sciences, Univ. of Arizona, 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. 

The D.J. Lovell Scholarship was presented to Thomas Nesch, Univ. of Cambridge, in recognition of his potential contributions to the field of optics, photonics, or related field. 

The A.E. Conrady Award was presented to Alan Greynolds, Ruda-Cardinal, Inc., 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.

The Harold E. Edgerton Award was presented to Daniel James Kane, Mesa Photonics, in recognition of his contributions to the characterization and application of ultrashort light pulses, including the first realization of time-domain retrieval of amplitude and phase using frequency-resolved optical gating.

The Dennis Gabor Award was presented to Wolfgang Osten, Univer. of Stuttgart, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the development of holography-based technologies for measurements on large, micro and nano-structures.

The George W. Goddard Award was presented to James H. Churnside, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 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.

The Rudolph Kingslake Medal and Prize was presented to Joseph W. Goodman, Stanford Univ., for his paper titled "Some properties of speckle from smooth objects" published in the June 2010 issue of Optical Engineering.

The Chandra S. Vikram Award was presented to Brian Thompson, Univ. of Rochester, 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.

The SPIE Educator Award was presented to The Active Learning in Optics and Photonics Team: Minella Alarcon, UNESCO; Zohra Ben-Lakhdar, Univ. El Manaur; Ivan Culaba, Ateneo de Manila Univ.; Vasudevan Lakshminarayanan, Univ. of Waterloo; Joel Maquilling, Ateneo de Manila Univ.; Alex Mazzolini, Swinburne Univ. of Technology;Joseph Niemela, Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics; and David Sokoloff, Univ. of Oregon, 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.

The SPIE Directors' Award was presented to Robert Breault, Breault Research Organization, Inc., in appreciation of his many years of exceptional leadership, dedication, and generous commitment of time, support, and inspiration to SPIE and the optics community.

The SPIE President's Award was presented to John Pellegrino, US Army Research Lab, based on his service as chairman of the SPIE Symposia Committee, his professionalism, and for his commitment to the Society in developing SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing to the success it is today.

Nominations for an SPIE Award may be made through October 1 of any given year and are considered active for three years from the submission date. View nomination criteria at http://spie.org/x1164.xml.

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