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Inaugural SPIE Yaver Scholarship awarded to Chris Maloney, a Messiah College for Strategic Leadership MBA candidate

The $10,000 scholarship recipient is also a senior applications engineer at QED Technologies

14 May 2018

BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA and CARDIFF, UK - SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, has awarded its first Yaver Scholarship to Chris Maloney. Maloney, a senior applications engineer at QED Technologies, is currently enrolled in an MBA program at Messiah College for Strategic Leadership. He holds a BS degrees in Physics from Roberts Wesleyan College, as well as a BS and MS in Microelectronic Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology.

As part of his MS program, Maloney was sponsored by Mentor Graphics to conduct research at imec in Leuven, Belgium in the field of EUV Lithography. Immediately upon his return to the US, Maloney graduated and began working at QED Technologies in the optics manufacturing industry. Maloney has published over 15 papers in various fields, with the majority featured in SPIE publications.

Chris Maloney 2018 Yaver Scholarship recipient"I am honored to be the inaugural recipient of the SPIE Yaver Scholarship," said Maloney. "To young researchers and scientists, scholarships such as this help us to realize our ambitions and drive advancement in the optics and photonics community. I appreciate all of the career building and networking opportunities that SPIE provides for me. I am very thankful for this award and the support that SPIE has afforded me in developing my career."

The Joe and Agnete Yaver Memorial Scholarship honors the Yavers' leadership, which was instrumental in the technical and financial success of SPIE. The scholarship is intended for those seeking an advanced degree that provides "the business knowledge required to facilitate the advancement and application of optics and photonics research and technology."

The scholarship is available to SPIE Members and staff seeking an advanced degree from an accredited organizational management program, such as those awarding master's degrees in non-profit management, business administration, and technology management.

Joe Yaver, who died in November 2016, was the innovative executive director of SPIE from 1969 to 1993. Agnete Yaver worked alongside her husband to build the foundation for the society's current multidisciplinary and international scope, extensively advancing its mission.

An amount of US$10,000 will be awarded annually in May. Applications for next year's scholarship will be open on March 15, 2019. The Yaver Scholarship is one of several named SPIE scholarships funded by companies and individuals who partner with SPIE to serve its non-profit educational mission.

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