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SPIE Early Career Achievement Award - Academic

The SPIE Early Career Achievement Award is presented in recognition of significant and innovative technical contributions in the engineering or scientific fields of relevance to SPIE. This award recognizes excellence in academia. The contribution(s) must have been made within the first 5 years of a faculty appointment after completing training. Up to two awards may be made each year. Honorarium $2,000.

Current Winner

Myuinatu A.L.Bell Early Career Achievement Award - Academic winner   Muyinatu Bell, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland,  United States, is the 2021 winner of the SPIE Early Career Achievement Award - Academic focus, in recognition of her pioneering contributions to photoacoustic imaging for surgical guidance, including innovative technology designs, novel deep learning applications, informative spatial coherence beamforming theory, and visionary clinical possibilities.
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Previous Recipients of the SPIE Early Career Achievement Award

2020 - Vivan Ferry and Gordon Wetzstein
2019 - Sarah Elizabeth Bohndiek
2019 - Juejun Hu
2018 - Laura Waller
2017 - Maiken H. Mikkelsen
2016 - Jie Yao
2015 - Miriam Vitiello
2014 - Jeremy Nathan Munday
2013 - Timothy J. White
2012 - Andrea Alù
2011 - Aydogan Ozcan
2010 - Alberto Salleo 
2009 - Marc Kuchner
2008 - Sanjay Krishna


2020 - Vivian Ferry

The SPIE Awards Committee has made this recommendation in recognition of her contributions to the understanding of light-matter interactions in solar energy conversion, and the development of optical materials for plasmonics, metamaterials, and nanocrystals.

2020 - Gordon Wetzstein

The SPIE Awards Committee has made this recommendation in recognition of outstanding contributions to computational imaging and display technologies.

2019 -Sarah Elizabeth Bohndiek

The SPIE Awards Committee has made this recommendation in recognition of her pioneering work on optical imaging and spectroscopy, enhanced by the use of X-rays, magnetic resonance and photoacoustics. Of particularly note are the advances made in molecular imaging for cancer research.

2019 - Juejun Hu

The SPIE Awards Committee has made this recommendation in recognition of his original contributions to integrated optics and photonics through innovative material and device engineering.

2018 - Laura Waller

The SPIE Awards Committee has made this recommendation in recognition of her contributions to biomedical and industrial science through development of computational imaging hardware and software for phase retrieval, 3D imaging and partially coherent systems.

2017 - Maiken H. Mikkelsen

The SPIE Awards Committee has made this recommendation in recognition of her seminal contributions to the understanding of light-matter interactions and ultrafast emission dynamics in plasmonic systems.

2016 - Jie Yao

The SPIE Awards Committee has made this recommendation in recognition of his contributions to the investigation of light matter interaction at deep subwavelength scale, and development of optical materials for nanophotonic applications.

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2015 - Miriam Serena Vitiello

The SPIE Awards Committee has made this recommendation 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.

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2014 - Jeremy Nathan Munday

The SPIE Awards Committee has made this recommendation in recognition of his innovative experimental and theoretical work on photonic engineering for solar energy devices and Casimir forces.

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2013 - Timothy J. White

The SPIE Awards Committee has made this recommendation in recognition of his innovative work in the development of light responsive materials and their employment as smart, remotely cued, optically and mechanically adaptive devices.

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2012 - Andrea Alù

The SPIE Awards Committee has made this recommendation in recognition of his pioneering contributions to optical metamaterials and plasmonic phenomena. 

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2011 - Aydogan Ozcan

The SPIE Awards Committee has made this recommendation in recognition of his pioneering contributions to non-destructive nonlinear material characterization techniques, nearfield and on-chip imaging, and diagnostic systems.


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2010 - Alberto Salleo

The SPIE Awards Committee has made this recommendation in recognition of his fundamental and highly influential contributions in large area electronics, polymer thin film transistors, and laser/material interactions.

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