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SPIE leaders tour research sites in India

07 January 2013

Philip Stahl and Rakesh Kumar Singh at IIT Delhi
SPIE President-Elect Philip Stahl,
at left, with researcher Rakesh
Kumar Singh at IIST.

SPIE leaders attended Photonics 2012, the International Conference on Fiber Optics and Photonics, at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras last month, and visited several other universities and institutes in India as well.

During the conference, SPIE President-Elect Philip Stahlpresented Best Paper Awards  including cash prizes, SPIE Digital Library subscriptions, and complimentary student memberships.Winners included: 

  • First prize: Gangi Salla, Physical Research Lab, "Determination of Mueller matrix of an optical element with Simon-Mukunda gadget"
  • Second prize, Mahesh Swami, RRCAT, "Depolarization characteristics of nonspherical gold nanoparticles"
  • Third prize, Shahab Ahmed, IIT Delhi, "Fabrication of excitonic luminescent inorganic-organic hybrid nano- and microcrystals."

Stahl, SPIE Fellow Vasudevan (Vengu) Lakshminarayanan of the University of Waterloo, and Andrew Brown, SPIE Senior Director for Global Business Development, also visited the Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at Sathyabama University in Chennai.

Chittur Narayanamurthy hosted Stahl and Laksminarayanan at the Indian Institute of Space Science Technology (IIST) following the conference, and Parameswaran Sreekumar hosted Stahl at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Laboratory for Electro-Optic Systems in Bangalore.

Balaji Srinivasan, Philip Stahl, Shanti Bhattacharya
Photonics 2012 General Chairs Balaji Srinivasan (left) and Shanti Bhattacharya (right) of IIT Madras meet with Stahl during the conference.

Philip Stahl and C. S. Narayanamurthy at IIST
Stahl with department head and professor Chittur Narayanamurthy at IIST.

IIT Madras SPIE Student Chapter
SPIE Student Chapter members at IIT Madras and their advisor, Angarai Ganesan (far left), with Stahl (center).

 Vengu Lakshminarayanan, T. Sasipraba, Philip Stahl
SPIE Fellow Vengu Lakshminarayanan (left) and Stahl  tour Sathyabama University with Dean of Publications T. Sasipraba.

Philip Stahl, Raman Kashyap, Brian Culshaw
Stahl with SPIE Fellow Raman Kashyap (center) of École Polytechnique de Montréal and SPIE Past President Brian Culshaw (right) at Photonics 2012.