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Current Award Winners

Each year SPIE recognizes outstanding achievements through its awards program. The Awards Committee is pleased to announce the 2015 SPIE Award recipients.

Nader Engheta, Electrical and Systems Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA, is the 2015 recipient of the Gold Medal Award in recognition of his transformative and groundbreaking contributions to optical engineering of metamaterials and nanoscale plasmonics, metamaterial-based optical nano circuits, and biologically-inspired optical imaging.

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2015 - Lihong Wang

Lihong Wang, of Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri, is the 2015 recipient of the SPIE Britton Chance Biomedical Award.  SPIE presents this award in recognition of his pioneering technical contributions and visionary leadership in the development and application of photo-acoustic tomography, photoacoustic microscopy and photon transport modeling.

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Richard C. Juergens, Raytheon Missile Systems, Tuscon, AZ USA, is the 2015 recipient of the A.E. Conrady Award recognizing him as a leading authority in optical system design, optical component fabrication and testing, training and mentoring of optical engineers, and instrumental in developing optimization techniques and tolerancing methods for optical designs.

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Kazuyoshi ITOH, Osaka University, Osaka, Japan, is the 2015 winner of the Dennis Gabor award in recognition of his eminent contribution to the development of incoherent holography and nonlinear optical microscopy through his pioneering work on coherence-based multispectral and 3D imaging, and nonlinear optical imaging and manipulations of biological and inorganic industrial materials.

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Grady  H. Tuell, Georgia Tech Research Institute, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, is the 2015 recipient of the George W. Goddard Award in recognition of his foundational research and development in bathymetric lidar and data fusion; his efforts to further advance airborne lidar remote sensing in other ways including real-time calculation of total propagated positioning error.

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The Rudolf Kingslake Medal recipients

The 2014 Rudolf Kingslake Medal and Prize is awarded to Stefan Heist, Andreas Mann, Peter Kühmstedt, Peter Schreiber and Gunther Notni of Fraunhofer - IOF, Jena, Germany, for their paper titled "Array projection of aperiodic sinusoidal fringes for high-speed three-dimensional shape measurement," published in the November 2014 issue of Optical Engineering.  

"The Kingslake Award Committee recognizes this paper for demonstrating the development of a new paradigm-an array projector for 3-D shape measurements. The proposed method enables much higher projection frame rates in the high kilohertz range and demonstrates acquisition of 3-D frames at hundreds per second. This new method will allow monitoring of the topography and shape of 3-D objects at high speeds and will enable dynamic measurements."  Tomasz Tkaczyk, Kingslake Committee Chair

Aristide Dogariu, CREOL, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, USA is the 2015 recipient of the G.G. Stokes Award in recognition of his development of new theoretical concepts and innovative methods and techniques for understanding and measuring polarization properties of light-matter interaction.

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Guillermo H. Kaufmann, Instituto de Física Rosario (CONICET-UNR), Rosario, Argentina is the 2015 recipient of the Chandra S. Vikram Award in recognition of his contributions to speckle metrology and its applications in material science, experimental mechanics and nondestructive testing, and also for the development of novel fringe analysis methods.

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Ralph R. Dammel, AZ Electronics Materials, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, is the 2015 recipient of the Frits Zernike Award for Microlithography in recognition of his significant contributions to the development of photoresist, anti-reflective coating, and directed self-assembly materials for semiconductor microlithography.

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Miriam Serena Vitiello, NEST, CNR Nanoscience Institute and Scuola Normale, Pisa, Italy, is the 2015 recipient of the Early Career Achievement Award - Academic focus - in recognition of her outstanding results in research on semiconductor laser sources and electronic high frequency nanodetectors which have opened new frontiers in the Terahertz photonics and optoelectronics fields.

This is the inaugural presentation of the Early Career Achievement Award - Academic focus.

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Alan Lee, LongWave Photonics LLC, Mountain View, CA, USA, is the 2015 recipient of the Early Career Achievement Award - Industry focus- in recognition of his pioneering research on stand-off distance real-time THz imaging. The locking-in differential imaging proposed in his work formed the basic working principle of several commercial THz imagers/cameras. 

This is the inaugural presentation of the Early Career Achievement Award - Industry focus.

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Virendra Mahajan, Ranch Palos Verdes, CA, USA is the 2015 Educator Award winner in recognition of his sharing of knowledge in the area of optical imaging, aberrations, and wavefront analysis through his voluntary teaching of students and professionals and the writing of five excellent books.

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Keith B. Doyle, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Lexington, MA, USA, is the 2015 recipient of the Technology Achievement Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to integrated analysis of optical systems, incorporating in this analysis elements of optical, thermal, and structural engineering. 

The 2014 President's Award is presented to John M. Dudley, Univversité de Franche-Comté, Besançon, France, for vision and determination in driving the United Nations designation of 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies, potentially the singular most important event of the past year for the optics and photonics community.

The 2014 Directors’ Award is presented to Harry J. Levinson, GLOBAL FOUNDRIES, Inc., Santa Clara, CA, USA, in appreciation for service to SPIE and the greater optics and photonics community through outstanding and enduring contributions to lithography and process control for semiconductor fabrication.

Wenshan Cai and Vladimir M. Shalaev, are the 2014 recipients of the Joseph W. Goodman Book Writing Award for Optical Metamaterials: Fundamentals and Applications, published by Springer Press in 2010.

Professors Cai and Shalaev will accept the award at SPIE Optics + Photonics in August 2014.

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