SPIE names 58 new Fellows of the Society in 2015

Honorees hail from multiple countries, multiple disciplines

08 January 2015
Majid Rabbani
Majid Rabbani
Toyohiko Yatagai
Toyohiko Yatagai

BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA, and CARDIFF, UK -- Fifty-eight members of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, have been named Fellows of the Society this year. The honor recognizes their significant scientific and technical contributions in the multidisciplinary fields of optics, photonics, and imaging as well as their service to the Society and the greater community.

The new SPIE Fellows are now among more than 1,000 who have been named since the Society was founded in 1955.

"As always, the 2015 Fellows exemplify the full diversity of the photonics community in terms of vocational orientation, geography, and gender; they also include a 2014 Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry," said SPIE Fellows Committee chair Majid Rabbani, Eastman Distinguished Fellow and technology manager at Eastman Kodak Research Labs, and adjunct associate professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology. "I am honored by the association with such an elite group and I congratulate them all for their outstanding contributions."

SPIE President Toyohiko Yatagai (Utsunomiya University) joined in congratulating the 2015 SPIE Fellows.

"This status is very impressive, because only a limited number of SPIE members become Fellows of the Society," Yatagai said. "We are confident that these new Fellows, who are being recognized for their accomplishments and meritorious service in the optics, photonics, optoelectronics and imaging communities, will continue to contribute their fields."

The optics and photonics community is changing quickly, and the rate of progress in optics and photonics science and technology is rapid, Yatagai noted. "As these changes influence our society over the coming decades, SPIE will need to continue to evolve in providing valuable services to all members," he said. "It is a great pleasure to have the opportunity of contributing to this future with the promotion of these newest Fellows, who will help lead the way."

New Fellows are recognized at SPIE meetings of their choice throughout the year. This year, new Fellows are scheduled to be honored at SPIE events including Photonics West, Advanced Lithography, Medical Imaging, Smart Structures/NDE, Optics + Optoelectronics, DSS, and Optics + Photonics.

A complete listing and photos of the 2015 SPIE Fellows are at www.spie.org/x32.xml. A list of all SPIE Fellows is at www.spie.org/x38.xml, and nomination information is at www.spie.org/x1162.xml.

SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. The Society serves nearly 235,000 constituents from approximately 155 countries, offering conferences, continuing education, books, journals, and a digital library in support of interdisciplinary information exchange, professional networking, and patent precedent. SPIE provided $3.4 million in support of education and outreach programs in 2014.

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