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Photonics21 awards recognize student innovation toward photonics R&D

31 May 2011

Photonics21 Student Innovation Award
From left, 2011 Photonics21 Student Innovation Award winners Dhriti Sundar Ghosh and Oriol Bertran-Pardo, with SPIE President Katarina Svanberg and Roberta Ramponi, Photonics21 Working Group 7 Chair.

MUNICH, Germany, and BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA -- The third Photonics21 Student Innovation Award was presented last week to Dhriti Sundar Ghosh and Oriol Bertran-Pardo. The award, sponsored by SPIE, the European Commission Seventh Framework Programme, and Aixtron, was presented 25 May during Laser World of Photonics in Munich.

Established by Photonics21 Working Group 7 (WG7) Photonics Research, Education and Training to promote research in photonics that is related to R&D with industrial impact, the award includes a cash prize of 5,000 euro to be shared by the two winners.

Ghosh (ICFO-Instituto de Ciencias Fotónicas), an SPIE Member, won for his paper on "Photonic devices incorporating transparent electrodes made of ultra-thin metal films."

Bertran-Pardo (Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs) won for his paper on "Study of disruptive solutions for the next generation of high-bit-rate optical communications systems."

The awards were presented by WG7 Chair Roberta Ramponi.

Read more about the award.

Eustace Dereniak, Paul Urbach
SPIE President-Elect Eustace Dereniak (University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences), at left, and European Optical Society President-Elect H. Paul Urban (Delft University of Technology) at the Photonics21 Student Innovation Award reception. 

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