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Kyle Fuerschbach awarded Michael Kidger Memorial Scholarship

22 July 2011

BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA -- Kyle Fuerschbach of The Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester has been selected as the 2011 Michael Kidger Memorial Scholarship winner.Kyle Fuerschbach

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, and is supported by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, as a service to the optical engineering community.

Jannick Rolland, Brian J. Thompson Professor of Optical Engineering at the University of Rochester, nominated Fuerschbach for the scholarship.

"Kyle is driven by solving lens design challenges and is also interested in bringing his designs all the way to fabrication as prototypes," said Rolland. "I had the pleasure of teaching Kyle in my class on Instrumental Optics where he placed first among 20 students that year. Kyle is sharp, inquisitive, and yearns to gain an in-depth knowledge of all optics related fields."

Fuerschbach intends to use the $5,000 honorarium to expand his education by attending advanced courses as well as conferences that deal with current topics in optical system design. He also states that he will share his research experiences with the optical design community and looks forward to receiving feedback from experts within the field.

Fuerschbach is an SPIE Member.

The award will be presented during SPIE Optical Systems Design in Marseille, France, in September.

Learn more about the Michael Kidger Memorial Scholarship.

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