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SPIE Awards Listing and Winners

SPIE Awards Listing and Winners

Each year SPIE recognizes individuals whose outstanding achievements in optics and photonics are advancing light-based research and technologies for the betterment of the human condition. 

     
AWARD CATEGORIES
Achievement (General) Education Optical Metrology
Biomedical Optics High-speed Optics Optical Polarization
Biophotonics Technology Medical Imaging Photonics
Diffractive Optics Microlithography Space + Airborne Optics
Diversity Outreach Optical Design Technical Achievement
Early Career Optical Engineering Writing

SPIE Gold Medal

The highest honor the Society bestows. Awarded in recognition of outstanding engineering or scientific accomplishments in optics, photonics, electro-optics, or imaging technologies or applications.

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Hugo Thienpont, 2021 SPIE Gold Medal winner  

CURRENT WINNER:

Hugo Thienpont
B-PHOT, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Brussels, Belgium

SPIE President's Award

An individual who, in the opinion of the President and the Board of Directors, has rendered a unique and meritorious service of outstanding benefit to the Society.

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Maria Yzuel, 2021 SPIE President's Award winner  

CURRENT WINNER:

Maria J. Yzuel
Autonomous University of Barcelona Barcelona, Spain

SPIE Directors' Award

An individual who, in the opinion of the Board of Directors, has rendered a significant service of outstanding benefit to the Society.

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Maryellen Giger, 2021 SPIE Director's Award winner  

CURRENT WINNER:

Maryellen Giger
Univeristy of Chicago 
Chicago, Illinois, Unites States

SPIE Mozi Award

Outstanding discoveries, scientific and technical achievements, or inventions in the field of optics.

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Xiang Zhang, 2021 SPIE Mozi Award winner  

CURRENT WINNER:

Xiang Zhang
The University of Hong Kong
Pokfulam, Hong Kong



SPIE Maiman Laser Award

Oustanding and sustained contributions to laser source science and technology at the highest level.

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Anne Tropper, 2021 Maiman Laser Award winner  

CURRENT WINNER:

Anne Tropper
University of Southampton 
Southampton, United Kingdom



SPIE Britton Chance Biomedical Optics Award

Outstanding lifetime contributions to the field of biomedical optics through the development of innovative, high impact technologies.

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Enrico Gratton, 2021 Britton Chance Biomedical Optics Award winner  

CURRENT WINNER:

Enrico Gratton
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, California, United States

SPIE Biophotonics Technology Innovator Award

Extraordinary achievements in biophotonics technology development that show strong promise or potential impact in Biology, Medicine, and Biomedical Optics.

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Keisuki Goda, 2021 Biophotonics Technology Innovator Award  

CURRENT WINNER:

Keisuke Goda
University of Tokyo
Tokyo, Japan

SPIE Dennis Gabor Award in Diffractive Optics

Outstanding accomplishments in diffractive wavefront technologies, especially those that further the development of holography and metrology applications.

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Malgorzata Kujawinska, 2021 Dennis Gabor Award winner  

CURRENT WINNER:

Malgorzata Kujawinska
Warsaw University of Technology
Warsaw, Poland

SPIE Diversity Outreach Award

Outstanding contributions to promoting diversity in the education, training and participation of women and/or minorities in optics, photonics, electro-optics, or imaging technologies or applications.

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Celine d'Orgeville, 2021 SPIE Diversity Outreach Award winner  

CURRENT WINNER:

Céline d'Orgeville
ANU Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics
Weston Creek, Australia

SPIE Early Career Achievement Award - Industry/Government Focus

Significant and innovative technical contributions in the engineering or scientific fields of relevance to SPIE, recognizing excellence in academia.

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Sergio Carbajo, 2021 Early Career Achievement Award - Industry/Government winner  

CURRENT WINNERS:

Sergio Carbajo
Stanford University
Menlo Park, California, United States

     
 

SPIE Early Career Achievement Award - Academic Focus

Significant and innovative technical contributions in the engineering or scientific fields of relevance to SPIE, recognizing excellence in academia.

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Muyinatu Bell, 2021 Early Career Achievement Award winner Academic focus  

CURRENT WINNERS:

Muyinatu A. Bell
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, Maryland, United States

     
 



SPIE Maria J. Yzuel Educator Award

Outstanding contributions to optics education by an SPIE instructor or an educator in the field.

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Bishnu Pal, 2021 SPIE Maria J. Yzuel Educator Award winner  

CURRENT WINNER:

Bishnu Pal
Mahindra University Ecole Centrale School of Engineering
Telangana, India


SPIE Harold E. Edgerton Award in High-Speed Optics

Outstanding contributions to optical or photonic techniques in the application and understanding of high speed physical phenomena.

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Vladislav Yakovlev, 2021 Harold E. Edgerston Award winner  

CURRENT WINNER:

Vladislav Yakovlev
Texas A&M University
College Station, Texas, United States

SPIE Harrison H. Barrett Award in Medical Imaging

Outstanding accomplishments in medical imaging.

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Kevin Berbaum, 2021 Harrison H. Barrett Award winner  

CURRENT WINNERS:

Kevin Berbaum
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics 
Iowa City, Iowa, United States

SPIE Frits Zernike Award in Microlithography

Outstanding accomplishments in microlithographic technology, especially those furthering the development of semiconductor lithographic imaging solutions.

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Bruce Smith, 2021 Frits Zernike Award winner  

CURRENT WINNERS:

Bruce Smith
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, New York, United Stats


     
 

SPIE Rudolf and Hilda Kingslake Award in Optical Design

Significant achievement in the field of optical design.

No award is given in 2021.

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SPIE A.E. Conrady Award in Optical Engineering

Exceptional contributions in design, construction, testing and theory of optical and illumination systems and instrumentation.

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David Aikens, 2021 A.E. Conrady Award winner  

CURRENT WINNER:

David Aikens
Savvy Optics Corporation
Chester, Connecticut, United States

SPIE Chandra S. Vikram Award in Optical Metrology

Exceptional contribution to the field of optical metrology. The award may be presented for a specific achievement, development, or invention of significant importance to optical metrology, or may be given for lifetime achievement.

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Krysztof Patorski, 2021 Chandra S. Vikram Award winner  

CURRENT WINNER:

Krzysztof Patorski
Warsaw University of Technology
Warsaw, Poland

SPIE G.G. Stokes Award in Optical Polarization

Exceptional contribution to the field of optical polarization.

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Nirmalya Ghosh, 2021 G.G. Stokes Award winner  

CURRENT WINNER:

Nirmalya Ghosh
IISER
Kolkata, India

SPIE Maria Goeppert-Mayer Award in Photonics

Outstanding contributions to the field of photonics and the development of innovative, high impact technologies.

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Jorge Ojeda-Castanda, 2021 Maria Goeppert Mayer Award winner  

CURRENT WINNER:

Jorge Ojeda-Castaneda
University of Guanajuato
Guanajuato, Mexico

SPIE George W. Goddard Award in Space and Airborne Optics

Exceptional achievement in optical or photonic technology or instrumentation for earth or planetary or astronomical science, reconnaissance or surveillance from airborne or space platforms.

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Thomas Rimmele, 2021 George W. Goddard Award winner

CURRENT WINNER:

Thomas Rimmele
National Solar Observatory (AURA),
Sunspot, New Mexico, United States

SPIE Aden and Marjorie Meinel Technology Achievement Award

Outstanding technical accomplishment in optics, electro-optics, photonic engineering, or imaging.

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Shouleh Nikzad, 2021 SPIE Aden and Marjorie Meinel Technology Achievement Award winner  

CURRENT WINNER:

Shouleh Nikzad
Jet Propulsion Lab
Pasadena, California, United States

Joseph W. Goodman Book Writing Award

Authorship of an outstanding book in the field of optics and photonics, published in the last six years, that has contributed significantly to research, teaching, or the optics and photonics industry.

No award is given in 2021.

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