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Carmen Menoni honored as Distinguished Alumni Employee by Colorado State University

14 November 2016

Carmen Menoni
Carmen Menoni

SPIE Fellow Carmen Menoni of Colorado State University (USA) has been honored as a Distinguished Alumni Employee – the highest recognition available on campus. Along with her colleague Jorge Rocca, who also received the honor, the two have been employees at CSU since 1979.

Over the past 37 years, Professor Menoni and her peers have worked around the clock to bring international recognition and prestige to the Electrical and Computer Engineering department, and to the university as a whole. She is acknowledged world-wide for highly cited peer-reviewed articles, proceeding papers, book chapters, and patents. As a prolific scholar and pioneer in laser science, optics, and engineering, Menoni has helped establish remarkable teaching and research programs at CSU. Bringing in over $50 million in funding for CSU, Menoni and Rocca helped to create the Engineering Research Center for Extreme Ultraviolet Science and Technology, serving as the foundation for numerous industry partnerships, multidisciplinary collaborations, and high-impact programs.

"Menoni and Rocca show their CSU pride every day through their hard work and contributions to our missions," said Alan Rudolph, vice president for research at CSU. "Their career accomplishments are truly remarkable and commendable, but these successes seem even more significant coming from our own alumni."

One of Menoni’s most recent accomplishments with Jorge Rocca was the establishment of a startup company called XUV Lasers. They partnered with CSU to commercialize novel lasers, extreme ultraviolet sources, and other related technologies. This startup has received prestigious grants and awards over the past five years while developing a compact, optically-driven soft X-ray laser prototype.

Professor Menoni is also a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) and the Optical Society of America (OSA). She continues to excel as a leader with the SPIE Laser Damage Conference as a member of the International Program Committee and a Session Chair. Additionally, she is the founding and present editor in chief of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ (IEEE) Photonics Journal.

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