SPIE Fellow and Past President MJ Soileau, vice president for the Office of Research and Commercialization at the University of Central Florida (UCF), has been named to the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame, in recognition of his innovative research in the advancement of high-energy laser optics.
The Florida Inventors Hall of Fame (FIHF) honors inventors whose achievements have advanced the quality of life for Floridians, and impacted the state of Florida and nation. FIHF supports a culture of creativity that fuels innovation, drives economic growth, and encourages investment.
Tmong his many accomplishments, Dr. Soileau is a distinguished professor of optics, electrical and computer engineering, and physics as well as a researcher and scientist. Under his leadership, research funding for UCF's Office of Research and Commercialization increased from $36.6 million in 1998 to $1.2 billion since 2000.
Soileau served as president of SPIE in 1997, has chaired several governance and conference committees., and authored dozens of papers for SPIE publications. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the SPIE Gold Medal in 2008 and the Directors' Award in 1999.