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Nicholas Massa honored with SPIE Educator Award

25 February 2010

Nicholas M. Massa, Springfield Technical Community College, Springfield, Massachusetts, USA, is the 2010 Educator Award winner in recognition of his multiple contributions to optics/photonics education over the past 23 years including: educating, mentoring and preparing hundreds of college students for the workforce; teaching in-service teachers and technicians in industry; serving on SPIE Education and ETOP long-range planning committees; developing new instructional materials and co-authoring a user-friendly introductory optics textbook.

"Nick wrote grants and received funding for numerous projects from the National Science Foundation and others to build his laboratory and enhance the curriculum and instructional materials that he used in his classroom," said Fenna D Hanes, New England Board of Higher Education. "He developed an enviable network of industry partners who provided advise, financial and in-kind support and opportunities for his students to find internships and subsequent jobs."

"Nick is a rare educator who is not only engaged in continuously improving his teaching skills, he is also constantly improving his own advanced education," said Chandrasekhar Roychoudhuri, Photonics Lab., Physics Department, University of Connecticut.

Massa has authored and coauthored numerous papers for SPIE, including many on optics education, and has served many years on the SPIE Education Committee.

The Educator Award is given annually in recognition of outstanding contributions to optics education by an SPIE instructor or an educator in the field. An honorarium of $2,000.00 will be presented.

For more information on this year's recipient and past winners, visit http://spie.org/x3069.xml.

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