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SPIE Photonics West 2013 Award Photos

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SPIE awards

SPIE President Bill Arnold of ASML (at left below) presented awards to three outstanding members of the biomedical optics community.

Bill Arnold and Jim Fujimoto
Jim Fujimoto (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) received the SPIE Britton Chance Biomedical Optics Award.

Bill Arnold and Aydogan Ozcan Biophotonics Technology Award
Aydogan Ozcan (Univ. of California, Los Angeles) received the SPIE Biophotonics Technology Award.

Bill Arnold and Rox Anderson SPIE Directors Award
Rox Anderson (Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Massaschusetts General Hospital, and Harvard School of Medicine) received the SPIE Directors Award.

Green Photonics awards

Green Photonics Symposium Chair Stephen Eglash of the Precourt Institute, Stanford University (at left in the photos below) presented awards to top papers in several sustainable technology categories. Winners were:

OPTO Green Photonics Awards
OPTO Solid State Lighting and Displays, accepted by Anders Thorseth (Technical Univ. of Denmark) for "Light quality and efficiency of consumer grade solid state lighting products." Authors also include Carsten Dam-Hansen, Dennis Corell, and Peter Poulsen (Technical Univ. of Denmark).

OPTO Green Photonics Awards
OPTO Communications, accepted by Ruth Houbertz-Krauss and Sönke Steenhusen (Fraunhofer-Institut für Silicatforschung) for "Hybrid polymer optical waveguides written by two-photon processing for 3D interconnects." Timo Grunemann (not pictured), Fraunhofer Institut für Silicatforschung, was also an author.

OPTO Green Photonics Awards
OPTO Renewable Energy Generation: Fusion and Photovoltaics, accepted by Clément Colin (Lab. de Photonique et de Nanostructures) for "Broadband light trapping in ultra-thin nano-structured solar cells." Authors also include Inés Massiot, Andrea Cattoni, Nicolas Vandamme, Christophe Dupuis, Nathalie Bardou, Jean-Luc Pelouard, Stéphane Collin, Lab. de Photonique et de Nanostructures; Isabelle Gérard, Univ. de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en Yvelines; Negar Naghavi, Jean François Guillemoles, Institut de Recherche et Développement sur l'Energie Photovoltaique.

Photonics West - LASE Green Award
LASE, accepted by Meng-Ju Sher (Harvard Univ.) for "The photovoltaic potential of femtosecond-laser textured amorphous silicon." Authors not pictured are Benjamin Franta, Kenneth Hammond, Lysander Christakis, and Eric Mazur (Harvard Univ.).

Best paper awards

The PicoQuant Young Investigator Award for BiOS Best Paper was shared by Esther Wertz, Ctr. National de la Recherche Scientifique (authors also include Jessica Donehue, Christopher Hayes, and Julie Biteen, Univ. of Michigan), and Ying Hu, The Salk Institute (auhtors also include Quan Zhu, Inder Verma, Hu Cang, The Salk Institute). The award was presented by Single Molecule Spectroscopy and Superresolution Imaging conference chairs Rainer Erdmann (PicoQuant GmbH), Felix Koberling (PicoQuant GmbH), Jörg Enderlein (Georg-August-Univ. Göttingen), Ingo Gregor (Georg-August-Univ. Göttingen), and Zygmunt Gryczynski (Texas Christian Univ. at Fort Worth).

Pascale Rol
The Pascal Rol Award for Best Paper in Opthalmic Technologies was presented to Yossi Mandel, Stanford Univ, for his paper "In-vivo performance of photovoltaic subretinal prosthesis" (authors also include Georges Goetz, Daniel Lavinsky, Philip Huie, Lele Wang, Theodore Kamins, James Harris, Daniel Palanker, Stanford Univ.; Keith Mathieson, Univ. of Strathclyde; Richard Manivanh, Stanford Univ. School of Medicine). The award was presented by Ophthalmic Technologies conference chairs Arthur Ho (Brian Holden Vision Institute) and Fabrice Manns (Univ. of Miami).

Photonics West
The MOEMS-MEMS 2013 Best Paper Award was presented to Christian Koos (Karlsruher Institut für Technologie) for his paper "Photonic wire bonding: connecting nanophotonic circuits across chip boundaries" (authors also include Juerg Leuthold, Wolfgang Freude, Nicole Lindenmann, Sabastian Koeber, Gerhard Balthasar, Joerg Hoffmann, Tobias Hoose, Philipp Huebner, David Hillerkuss, Rene Schmogrow, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie). The award was presented by Symposium Chair Harald Schenk (Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems) and Co-Chair David Dickensheets (Montana State Univ.).

Photonics West
The MOEMS-MEMS 2013 Best Student Paper Award was presented to Jin Akagi (The Univ. of Auckland) for his paper “Dynamic analysis of angiogenesis in transgenic zebrafish embryos using a 3D multilayer chip-based technology” (authors also include Feng Zhu, Chris Hall, Kathryn Crosier, Philip Crosier, Donald Wlodkowic, The Univ. of Auckland; Khashayar Khoshmanesh, Kourosh Kalantar-Zadeh, Arnan Mitchell, RMIT Univ.). The award was presented by Symposium Chair Harald Schenk (Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems) and Co-Chair David Dickensheets (Montana State Univ.).

Photonics West
The JenLab Young Investigator Award for Best Paper was presented to Alex J. Walsh (Vanderbilt Univ.) for her paper "Optical metabolic imaging of live tissue cultures" (authors also include Rebecca Cook, Carlos Arteaga, Melissa Skala, Vanderbilt Univ.). The runner up was Murat Yildirim (Univ. of Texas at Austin). The award was presented by Multiphoton Microscopy in the Biomedical Sciences XIII Conference Chairs Ammasi Periasamy (Univ. of Virginia), Karsten König (JenLab GmbH), and Peter So (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). 

Photonics West
Martin Weinigel [8588-87] (with authors Hans Breunig, Peter Fischer, Marcel Kellner-Höfer, Rainer B
ückle, JenLab GmbH; Karsten König, Univ. de Saarlanders), Ke Wang [8588-91] (with authors Tzu-Ming Liu, Juwell Wu, Wellman Ctr. for Photomedicine and Massachusetts General Hospital; Nicholas Horton, Chris Xu, Cornell Univ.; Charles Lin, Wellman Ctr. for Photomedicine), Tom Lai [8588-101] (with authors Shau Poh Ching, Yifeng Zhou, Gregory Moloney, Shuo Tang, The Univ. of British Columbia), and Yuji Tanaka [8588-107] (with authors Eiji Hase, Takeshi Yasui, Univ. of Tokushima; Shuichiro Fukushima, Tsutomu Araki, Osaka Univ.) were awarded first place (tied) in the Student Poster Session Competition for the conference on Multiphoton Microscopy in the Biomedical Sciences XIII. The award was presented by Conference Chairs Ammasi Periasamy (Univ. of Virginia), Karsten König (JenLab GmbH), and Peter So (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).

Photonics West
The Coherent Best Student Presentation Award was presented to Wolfgang Pallman (ETH Zurich) for the conference on Vertical-External-Cavity Surface-Emitting Lasers (VECSELs) III. Authors also include Christian Zaugg, Mario Mangold, Valentin Wittwer, Bauke Tilma, Thomas Sudmeyer, Ursula Keller; Holger Moench, Stephan Gronenborn, Michael Miller, Philips Technologie GmbH. Session Chair John-Mark Hopkins (Univ. of Strathclyde) presented the award.

Photonics West  
The Ocean Optics Young Investigator Award for Best Paper was presented to Christian Gainer (The Univ. of Arizona) for his paper "Multiphoton imaging of upconverting lanthanide nanoparticles in three dimensional models of cancer" (authors also include Marek Romanowski, Univ. of Arizona). Colloidal Nanoparticles for Biomedical Applications VIII Conference Chair Wolfgang Parak (Philipps-Univ. Marburg) and Co-Chairs Marek Osinski (The Univ. of New Mexico) and Kenji Yamamoto (National Ctr. for Global Health and Medicine) presented the award. 

Photonics West
The Seno Medical Best Paper Award was presented to Junjie Yao (Washington Univ. in St. Louis) for his paper "Water-immersible MEMS scanning mirror designed for wide-field fast-scanning photoacoustic microscopy" (authors also include Chih-Hsien Huang, Jun Zou, Texas A&M Univ.; Catherine Martel, Lidai Wang, Gwendalyn Randolph, Washington Univ. School of Medicine in St. Louis; Konstantin Maslov, Joon-Mo Yang, Liang Gao, Lihong Wang, Washington Univ. in St. Louis). The award was presented by Senso Medical Intruments President Tom Miller, Photons Plus Ultrasound: Imaging and Sensing 2013 Conference Chairs Alexander Oraevsky (TomoWave Laboratories, Inc.) and Lihong Wang (Washington Univ. in St. Louis).

The Femtolasers Best Student Paper Award was presented to Henning Höpfner (Ruhr-Univ. Bochum) for his paper "Spin relaxation in spin light-emitting diodes: Effects of magnetic field and temperature" (authors also include Carola Fritsche, Arne Ludwig, Astrid Ludwig, Dirk Reuter, Andreas Wieck, Nils Gerhardt, Martin Hofmann, Ruhr-Univ. Bochum; Frank Stromberg, Heiko Wende, Werner Keune, Univ. Duisburg-Essen) and to Emre Yüce (MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology) for his paper "The competing dynamics in an ultimate fast all-optically switched microcavity" (authors also include Georgios Ctistis, Klaus Boller, Willem Vos, MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology; Julien Claudon, Emmanuel Dupuy, Jean-Michel Gérard, Commissariat á l'Energie Atomique). Ultrafast Phenomena and Nanophotonics XVII conference chair Abdulhakem Elezzabi (Univ. of Alberta) presented the awards.

Photonics West
The award for Best Student Oral Presentation was presented to Hans-Jürgen Otto (Friedrich-Schiller-Univ Jena) for his paper titled "Mitigation of mode instabilities by dynamic excitation of fiber modes using an acousto-optic deflector." Authors also include Cesar Jauregui-Misas, Fabian Stutzki, Florian Jansen, Friedrich-Schiller-Univ. Jena; Andreas Tünnerman, Friedrich-Schiller-Univ. Jena and Helmholtz Institute Jena. Fiber Lasers: Technology, Systems, and Applications Conference Chair Sami Hendow (Adaptive Laser Processing) presented the award. 

Grant and scholarship winners

Newport Travel Grant Winners
Newport Corp.'s Jim Fisher (at left) congratulated winners of 16 Newport Research Excellence Travel Awards at Tuesday's student networking luncheon. The grants provide financial support for university students to present their research at one of the two largest SPIE meetings. Recipients are Işinsu Baylam (Koc Univ.),  Kiran Bhattacharyya (Univ. of Missouri-Columbia), Christopher Head (Univ. of Southampton),  Derek Heeger (Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology), Sandrine Filion Côté (McGill Univ.), A. Swarnapali De Silva Indrasekara (Rutgers Univ.), Kelsey Kennedy (The Univ. of Western Australia), Hamdam Nikkhah (Univ. of Ottawa), Lukasz Paluchowski (Norwegian Univ. of Science and Technology), Lorenzo Romeo (NEST -- Scuola Normale Superiore), Chaotan Sima (Univ. of Southampton), Jason Tucker-Schwartz (Vanderbilt Univ.), Adam Tuer (Univ. of Toronto Mississauga), Shota Ushiba (Osaka Univ.), Atena Zahedi (Univ. of California, Riverside), and Xingwang Zhang (Fundan Univ.). Also present from Newport were Rick Sebastian, Matt Price, and Pete Neely.

SPIE scholarship winners
Thirteen students were awarded SPIE scholarships at Tuesday's networking lunch: Salvatore Campione (Univ. of California, Irvine), Perry Edwards (Pennsylvania State Univ.), Keijie Fang (Stanford Univ.), Deepak Kaushal (Carleton Univ.), Guangyu Liu (Lehigh Univ.), William Lloyd (Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor), Zeyu Pan (Univ. of Alabama, Huntsville), Aniruddha Ray (Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor), Yaoguang Rong (Huazhong Univ. of Science and Technology), Matthew Bor Sederberg (Univ. of Alberta), Matt Simons (College of William and Mary), Chuan Yang (Pennsylvania State Univ.), and Jing Zhang (Lehigh Univ.); presenter was SPIE President Bill Arnold (ASML).

Photonics West
Five students received SPIE scholarships at the BiOS student networking lunch with the experts. Winners Sercan Arik (Stanford Univ.), Baharak Bahmani (Univ. of California, Riverside), Alma Eguizabal Aguado (Univ. de Cantabria), Holly Gibbs (Texas A&M Univ.), and Onur Mudanyali (Univ. of California, Los Angeles) were recognized by SPIE President Bill Arnold (second from left).