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Nicholas Fang and Reinhard Kienberger receive ICO prizes

30 September 2011

PUEBLA, México, and BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA -- Reinhard Kienberger and Nicholas X. Fang were honored for their work in optics with ICO Prizes presented at the International Commission for Optics conference in Puebla, México, last month (ICO-22). SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, is a Member Society of the ICO, and was a sponsor of the organization's triennial conference.

The ICO Prize is given to an individual who has made a noteworthy contribution to optics, published before he or she has reached the age of 40. Read more about the award at www.ico-optics.org.

Kienberger, professor in experimental physics at Technische Universität München, was presented with the 2010 ICO Prize, for his breakthrough work in attosecond science and its applications in metrology and spectroscopy. He presented papers earlier this year at SPIE conferences Optics + Optoelectronics in Prague, and Optics + Photonics in San Diego.

Fang, associate professor in mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was awarded the 2011 ICO Prize, for his pioneering work in optical metamaterials, optical superlenses and nanofocusing. Fang has authored numerous SPIE conference presentations, and served on the program committee for the Nanoimaging, Nanofabrication, and Applications of Plasmonics conference at SPIE Optics + Photonics.

SPIE Fellow Duncan Moore (Institute of Optics, University of Rochester) led a slate of officers and directors elected for three-year terms during the meeting. SPIE Past President María Yzuel (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) was named Appointed Vice President for SPIE, and SPIE Past President James Harrington (Rutgers University) will continue as Treasurer. (Read more in the SPIE press release about the elections.)

Commercializing science

SPIE sponsored an industry event during the congress week in Puebla for nearly 80 invited attendees. Speakers included Moore, Michael Larson (El Pomar Chair of Engineering and Innovation at University of Colorado, Colorado Springs), and SPIE Executive Director Eugene Arthurs.

Larson told about the Mind Studios project, which provides a method and process for economic development by spinning up new products and companies as well as a model for university teaching and learning the process.

Arthurs spoke on commercializing science at global, regional and local levels, illustrating the talk with lessons learned from the paths of several photonics companies.

ICO-22 was hosted by the Centro de Investigaciones en Óptica (CIO), Instituto Nacional de Astrofísica (INAOE), Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM-CCADET), and Centro de Investigación Científica y de Educación Superior de Ensenada (CICESE), with SPIE Fellow Fernando Mendoza Santoyo, CIO General Director, as General Conference Chair.

ICO-23 will be hosted by the University of Vigo, Spain, in 2014, and chaired by Humberto Michinel.

The ICO plays an important role in promoting optics in international forums, and supports the IUPAP mission to assist in the worldwide development of physics, foster cooperation in the field, and aid in its application toward solving problems of concern to humanity. ICO members are organizations representing optics researchers and institutes through 50 Territorial Committees all over the world, and several international societies including SPIE that share the mission of advancing optics and photonics.

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. SPIE provided over $2.3 million in support of education and outreach programs in 2010.


SPIE President Kataring Svanberg, left, joined ICO-22 General Chair Fernando Mendoza Santoyo in celebrating optics as well as ICO prize winners during the congress in August.

ICO-22 presidents
Outgoing ICO President Maria Calvo witih incoming President Duncan Moore after elections at ICO-22 in August.

2010 ICO Prize
From left, SPIE CEO Eugene Arthurs and ICO Treasurer James Harrington congratulate Reinhard Kienberger on winning the ICO Prize for 2010.


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