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James Grote Wins 2018 SPIE Directors’ Award

The SPIE Fellow and recent retiree from the Air Force Research Laboratory was honored at the Annual Awards Banquet at SPIE Optics + Photonics in San Diego

23 August 2018

James Grote wins SPIE 2018 Directors' Award

SPIE President Maryellen Giger presents James Grote with the SPIE 2018 Directors' Award

BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA and CARDIFF, UK - SPIE Fellow James Grote received the 2018 SPIE Directors' Award at a ceremony yesterday evening at SPIE Optics + Photonics. The award recognizes Grote's meritorious contributions to SPIE through years of service on the Board of Directors, the Symposia Committee, and numerous conference-organizing committees.

Grote retired in early July after 40 years with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. He remains an adjunct professor at the University of Dayton.

Grote is an acknowledged leader in the fields of laser gyros, nonlinear electro-optic materials and devices, optical interconnects, and DNA-based bio-organic materials and devices. His extensive publication record includes 127 entries in the SPIE Digital Library.

In 2001, Grote began his research in Biotronics - biopolymer-based material and devices for photonic, opto-electronic and electronic applications, and polymer and inorganic-based photonic, electro-optic (EO), and electronic materials and devices. Initiated and directed by Grote, this international government, university, and industry effort has demonstrated significant improvements in, and achieved seminal breakthroughs in, polymer EO modulator, OLED, organic and inorganic thin film transistor (TFT), laser, polymer capacitor, electromagnetic interference shielding, and sensor performance.

Grote previously received the 2009 SPIE Technology Achievement Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions in photonics engineering technology through his inception and significant accomplishments in Biotronics.

"Jim Grote's level of service to SPIE has rarely been matched," said SPIE Vice President John Greivenkamp of the University of Arizona. "Jim has been very active in organizing conferences related to optical materials and their applications, as well as serving three three-year terms with the SPIE Board of Directors. However," Greivenkamp added, "While Jim's board and committee service has been exemplary, his most famous contributions probably came as a result of his musical skills." Grote is known to travel with a guitar and would often lead sing-a-longs at board get-togethers: "Jim's personality, and his guitar, certainly led to an enhanced level of cohesiveness and comradery among the board members," noted Greivenkamp.

The Directors' Award, a service award certificate, is given to an individual who, in the opinion of the SPIE Board of Directors, has rendered a significant service of outstanding benefit to the Society.

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