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Newport Spectra-Physics and SPIE announce grants for student researchers

18 October 2010

BELLINGHAM, Washington -- Newport Spectra-Physics continued its support of student researchers with the awarding of Newport Spectra-Physics Research Excellence travel grants at SPIE Optics and Photonics in San Diego.

"Supporting the student community is a priority at Newport and partnering with SPIE on this program has proven to be a rewarding experience for all involved," said Kim Abair, Director of Global Marketing for Newport.

Through the program, Newport Spectra-Physics awards $15,000 annually to enable university researchers to present their work at either SPIE Photonics West in January or SPIE Optics and Photonics in August, both top international meetings in their fields.

"Technical conferences provide a unique and important forum for researchers to interact with their peers and exchange ideas; however, finding funding for student travel is always a challenge in any research group," said 2010 SPIE President Ralph James. "These annual awards from Newport-Spectra Physics help a number of outstanding students travel to conferences that might previously have been impossible for them to attend. On behalf of SPIE, and particularly our student members, I would like to thank Newport Corporation for their generosity in funding these awards."

Students receiving Newport-Spectra Physics grants for SPIE Optics and Photonics included Igor Aharonovich, Univ of Melbourne; Radin Ahmadian, Hunter College High School; Pei-Yu Chung, Univ. of Florida; Jun Gao, The Pennsylvania State Univ.; Alex Goldstein, Ben-Gurion Univ. of the Negev; Hezi Joseph, Ben-Gurion Univ. of the Negev; TonyKerzmann, Univ. of Pittsburgh; Kamal Kishor, Delhi Technological Univ.; Anna Vozianova, Kharkov National Univ. of Radioelectronics; Khushi Vyas, Indian Institute of Science; Wei Xiong, Univ. of Maryland Baltimore County.

Students who received Newport-Spectra Physics grants in January to attend SPIE Photonics West were Prashant Baveja, Univ of Rochester; Lei Bi, MIT; Hacene Chaouch, Univ. of Arizona; Yun-Shen Chen, Univ. of Texas at Austin; Shiuan-Yeh Chen, Duke Univ.; Dhwanil Damania, Northwestern Univ.; Eric Diebold, Harvard Univ; Austin Duke, Vanderbilt Univ.; Weihua Gao, Indiana Univ.; Yunbo Guo, Univ. of Michigan; Gunnsteinn Hall, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison; Jingjing Liu, Purdue Univ.; Zhao Liu, Case Western Reserve Univ.; Daniel Masters, Vanderbilt Univ.; Jay Matthews, Univ of Arizona; Mohammad Mehrmohammadi, Univ. of Texas at Austin; Qin Miao, Univ. of Washington; Constantine Paras, Vanderbilt Univ.; Earl Parsons, Univ. of Arizona; Chetan Patil, Vanderbilt Univ.; Min Qu, Univ. of Texas at Austin; Ryan Shelton, Texas A&M Univ; Whitney Shepherd, Oregon State Univ.; Jimmy Su, Univ. of Texas at Austin; Lingling Tang, Duke Univ.; Behnoosh Tavakoli, Univ. of Connecticut; Elizabeth Vargis, Vanderbilt Univ.; Weina Wang, Colorado State Univ.; Bo Wang, Univ. of Texas at Austin, Katheryne Wilson, Univ. of Texas at Austin; Wei Wu, Northwestern Univ.; Zhengbin Xu, Purdue Univ; Renjie Zhou, Univ. of Dayton.

More information about the Newport Spectra-Physics Research Excellence Awards is available at spie.org/x27619.xml.

Newport Corporation produces advanced technology products and solutions for research, life and health sciences, aerospace and defense, industrial manufacturing, semiconductors, and microelectronics. Spectra-Physics, a laser manufacturer, was acquired by Newport in 2004.

SPIE is the International Society for Optics and Photonics, founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. Serving more than 188,000 constituents from 138 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. In 2008, the Society provided more than $1.9 million in support of scholarships, grants, and other education programs around the world. For more information, visit SPIE.org.


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