SPIE 2018 awards honor laser development, photonics achievements and dedication to education

Gold Medal of the Society goes to University of Ottawa and National Research Council of Canada chair Paul Corkum

13 January 2018

BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA, and CARDIF, UK -The Awards Committee of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, has announced 2018 recipients of its prestigious annual awards. Technical accomplishments are recognized by these awards, along with meritorious service to the Society and dedication to education.

Award winners for 2018 are:

Gold Medal of the Society: Paul Corkum, Joint Laboratory for Attosecond Science, University of Ottawa and National Research Council of Canada, is being honored in recognition of his conceptual contributions and the development of new laser methods that have led to the creation of the field of attoscience.

SPIE President's Award: Eugene Arthurs, SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, is recognized for his commitment to SPIE through outstanding leadership in the field of photonics and optics, especially in the growth and pervasiveness of SPIE throughout the world.

SPIE Directors' Award: James Grote, Air Force Research Lab, is recognized for his meritorious contributions to SPIE through years of service on the Board of Directors, the Symposia Committee, and on numerous leadership and conference organizing committees. 

Mozi Award: Din Ping Tsai, Research Center for Applied Sciences, Academia Sinica, is recognized as the first recipient of the Mozi Award in recognition of his eminent contributions to the optical meta-lens and metadevice.

A.E. Conrady Award: Philip Rogers, VNF Ltd, is recognized for his many and very significant contributions to the art of optical design; especially for designs optimized for manufacture, and for major efforts over 40 years in assisting organizations in Europe and the USA in disseminating information and furthering education in optical design.

Britton Chance Biomedical Optics Award: Tayyaba Hasan, Wellman Institute, Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, is recognized for her trailblazing contributions to the field of photodynamic therapy and its clinical translation, her leadership, and her service to the photonics community.

Biophotonics Technology Innovator Award: Elizabeth Hillman, Columbia Univ, is recignized for her notable scientific contributions in optical imaging techniques for biological applications.

Harold E. Edgerton Award: Sterling J. Backus, Kapteyn-Murnane Laboratories Inc., is recognized for his sustained contributions to the development of ultrafast lasers based on Ti:sapphire; specifically in developing Ti:sapphire laser amplifiers that can attain pulse durations at the fundamental gain and bandwidth limits, as well as at unprecedented high-average power.

Dennis Gabor Award: Kishan Dholakia, University of St Andrews, School of Physics & Astronomy, is recognized for his work in optical beam shaping using dynamic and static diffractive optics. This work has led to paradigm shifts in manipulation, nano-surgery and imaging, and has enabled new routes for the understanding of holographic light fields for a range of applications. 

George W. Goddard Award: Sarath Deshapriya Gunapala, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Infrared Photonics Group, is recognized for his exceptional achievements in the development of quantum structure-based infrared detector and focal plane array technologies for aerospace applications.

G.G. Stokes Award: Tom Baur, Meadowlark Optics, is recognized for a lifetime of leadership in polarization optical components through Meadowlark Optics and for revolutionizing the polarization field through commercialization of liquid crystal variable retarders.

Chandra S. Vikram Award in Optical Metrology: Karl Stetson, Karl Stetson Associates, LLC, is recognized for his work as a pioneer in the field of holography, as well as his efforts to discover, explain, and formulate several variations of holographic interferometry.

Early Career Achievement Award - Academic: Laura Waller, University of California Berkeley, is recognized for her contributions to biomedical and industrial science through development of computational imaging hardware and software for phase retrieval, 3D imaging and partially coherent systems.

Early Career Achievement Award - Industry: Misty Blowers, Air Force Research Lab, is recognized for her dedication to advancing applied machine learning solutions to help solve real world problems, and contributions to her employer, SPIE, the US Air Force, and US national security.

SPIE Educator Award: Stephen M. Pompea, National Optical Astronomy Observatory, Education and Public Outreach, is recognized for his outstanding scholarly contributions to optics and photonics education and for the design and development of high quality optics education materials and programs internationally.  

SPIE Technology Achievement Award: Paul D. Dapkus, University of Southern California, is recognized for his pioneering and sustained contributions to the development of metal organic chemical vapor deposition and high performance optoelectronic device technology.

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

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