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Braulio Fonseca Carneiro Albuquerque awarded Michael Kidger Memorial Scholarship

30 June 2010

BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA -- Braulio Fonseca Carneiro Albuquerque, with the National Institute for Space Research in Sao Paulo, Brazil, has been selected as the 2010 Michael Kidger Memorial Scholarship winner.

Albuquerque completed a Masters degree in Engineering and Space Technology in 2005. His masters involved an investigation into the influence of optical aberrations in star trackers, and he continued to work in the field of optical design. In 2008, while studying for his PhD, he was awarded a Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development fellowship. This enabled him to develop his research on glass selection for the design of super-achromatic optics for remote sensors during a 3 month visit to the College of Optical Sciences, University of Arizona, under the supervision of Prof. Jose Sasian. Albuquerque states that the scholarship will help him to complete his PhD with a further 6 months stay at the University of Arizona.

The scholarship was presented at the International Optical Design Conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA, in June.

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. The scholarship is overseen by a select committee of leading individuals in lens design and the Michael Kidger family.

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