SPIE 2017 awards honor biomedical, photonics achievements and dedication to education

Gold Medal of the Society goes to Lund University professor and oncology consultant Katarina Svanberg

02 January 2017

BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA, and CARDIFF, UK — The Awards Committee of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, has announced 2017 recipients of prestigious annual awards. Technical accomplishments are recognized by these awards, along with meritorious service to the Society and dedication to education.

Award winners for 2017 are:

Gold Medal of the Society: Katarina Svanberg, professor and chief oncology consultant, Lund University Hospital and also active at South China Normal University, is receiving the award in recognition of contributions to biophotonics, in particular clinical work exploring and verifying the efficacy of phototherapy and in diagnosis in treating cancer patients. The award also acknowledges her dedication to building scientific and medical infrastructure in Africa and inspiring young people across the world.

Britton Chance Biomedical Optics Award: Christopher Contag, founding director of the Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering and inaugural chair of the Biomedical Engineering Department at Michigan State University and professor emeritus at Stanford University, is being honored for his contributions to the invention of in vivo optical imaging using bioluminescent reporters, a significant advance that has been widely adopted throughout the world to advance understanding of biology, accelerate drug discovery and development, and create new tools to improve human health.

Harold E. Edgerton Award: Mikhail Schelev, Photoelectronics Department, Prokhorov General Physics Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, is being recognized posthumously for his contributions to high-speed photoelectronic image recording, encompassing fundamental photoelectronics, ultrahigh resolution electron-optical image tube design and fabrication, and high-speed (picosecond, femtosecond) image recording in the x ray, ultraviolet, visible, and infrared spectral regions.

Dennis Gabor Award: Toyohiko Yatagai, Center for Optical Research and Education, Utsunomiya University, is receiving the award for his contributions to the development of computer-generated holography and related techniques for optical metrology, information processing, display, and optical storage.

George W. Goddard Award: New Horizons Optical Instrumentation Team, led by Southwest Research Institute, including team members from the Alice, Ralph, and LORRI instruments, is receiving the award for the team's efforts in developing the innovative instruments that returned first-ever images and data of Pluto and its moons, helping to better understand distant worlds.

G.G. Stokes Award: Christian Brosseau, Université de Bretagne Occidentale, is recognized for contributions to the theory of polarization of light, in particular work on statistical optics, and polarization applications in optical information processing.

Chandra S. Vikram Award in Optical Metrology: Mitsuo Takeda, Center for Optical Research and Education, Utsunomiya University, is being recognized for his invention of the Fourier transform method of interferogram fringe analysis and coherence holography and many industrial applications of 3D shape measurements.

Frits Zernike Award for Microlithography: Donis Flagello, Nikon Research Corporation of America, is honored for his work in developing the understanding and improvement of image formation in optical lithography for semiconductor manufacturing.

Early Career Achievement Award – Academic: Maiken Mikkelsen, Duke University, is honored for her seminal contributions to the understanding of light-matter interactions and ultrafast emission dynamics in plasmonic systems.

Early Career Achievement Award – Industry: Utkarsh Sharma, Optovue, Inc., is recognized for his demonstrated leadership and innovation in developing novel ideas to successful clinical translation and commercialization; in particular, the development of first FDA-cleared optical coherence tomography (OCT) angiography and other advanced OCT technologies.

SPIE Educator Award: John Greivenkamp, University of Arizona, is honored for his demonstrated dedication to both formal and informal optics education, his passion for transferring his knowledge to the next generation of engineers, and inspiring students of all descriptions to an appreciation of science.

SPIE Technology Achievement Award: Edward Delp III, Purdue University, is being recognized for his pioneering work in multimedia security including watermarking and device forensics, and for his contributions to image and video compression.

Awards will be presented throughout the year at SPIE conferences chosen by each of the recipients.

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