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SPIE Photonics West 2014 Award Photos


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Seno Medical Best Paper Awards

Seno Medical Best Student Paper Awards

The Seno Medical Best Paper Award was presented to two recipients: Meng-Lin Li (National Tsing Hua Univ.) for the paper "Optical resolution photoacoustic microscopy using a Blu-ray DVD pickup head" [8943-39], and Puxiang Lai (Washington Univ. in St. Louis) for the paper "Optical focusing in scattering media with photoacoustic wavefront shaping (PAWS)." 

Best poster awards were presented to Yan Liu (Washington Univ. in St. Louis), and Gerhild Wurzinger, Karl-Franzens-Univ. Graz

The awards was presented by Senso Medical Instruments President Tom Miller, and Photons Plus Ultrasound: Imaging and Sensing conference chairs Alexander Oraevsky (TomoWave Laboratories, Inc.) and Lihong Wang (Washington Univ. in St. Louis).

Best Paper Award: MOEMS and Miniaturized Systems 

Nicolas Abelé

The Best Paper Award in the MOEMS and Miniaturized Systems conference (8977) was presented to Nicolas Abelé (Lemoptix SA) for the paper "Speckle reduction technique for embeddable MEMS-laser pico-projector" [8977-22]. Authors also include Christophe Legros, Jonathan Masson and Lucio Kilcher (Lemoptix SA). The award was sponsored by Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology.

Best Student Paper Award: MOEMS and Miniaturized Systems

Christian Kelb

The Best Student Paper Award in the MOEMS and Miniaturized Systems conference (8977) was presented to Christian Kelb (Leibniz Univ. Hannover) for the paper "Planar integrated polymer-based optical strain sensor" [8977-31]. Authors also include Eduard Reithmeier and Bernhard Roth (Leibniz Univ. Hannover). The award was sponsored by Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology.


Best student paper competition

 UltraFast Best Student Paper Award

The first-place award in the Best Student Paper Competition for the Frontiers in Ultrafast Optics Biomedical, Scientific, and Industrial Applications conference (8972) was presented to Kenneth K. C. Lee, Univ. of Toronto (Canada) for the paper "Temperature-compensated fiber-optic 3D shape sensor based on femtosecond laser direct-written Bragg grating waveguides" [8972-36]. Authors also include Adrian Mariampillai, 7D Surgical Inc. (Canada); Moez Haque, Univ. of Toronto (Canada); Beau A. Standish, Victor X. D. Yang, Ryerson Univ. (Canada); Peter R. Herman, Univ. of Toronto (Canada). The award was presented by conference chairs Alexander Heisterkamp and Stefan Nolte (Friedrich-Schiller-Univ. Jena), Peter Herman (Univ. of Toronto), and Michel Meunier (Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal). The award was sponsored by Amplitude Systèmes, APE GmbH, TRUMPF Inc.

8974 Advanced FabricationBest Student Paper Award

Advanced Fabrication Best Student Paper Award

The Best Student Paper Award in  the Advanced Fabrication Technologies for Micro/Nano Optics and Photonics conference (8974) was presented to Yi Chen (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Effimax Solar, Inc.) for the paper "One step lithography-less silicon nanomanufacturing for low cost, high-efficiency solar cell production" [8974-49]. Authors also include Logan Liu (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Effimax Solar, Inc.). The award was sponsored by Nanoscribe GmbH.

 Ocean Optics Young Investigator Award

Ocean Optics Young Investigator Award

The Ocean Optics Young Investigator Award for Best Paper was presented to Gabriel Orsinger (University of Arizona), second from left, for the paper titled "Intracellular light-induced release of signaling molecules from gold-coated liposomes" [8955-52]. The award was presented by Colloidal Nanoparticles for Biomedical Applications conference chairs Wolfgang Parak (Philipps-Univ. Marburg), third from left;  Marek Osinski (The Univ. of New Mexico), right; and and Kenji Yamamoto (National Ctr. for Global Health and Medicine), left.

Green Photonics Awards


Green Photonics Symposium Chair Stephen Eglash, executive director of the Energy and Environment Affiliates Program at Stanford University, presented awards to top papers in several sustainable technology categories. Winners were:

OPTO Green Photonics Award

Green Photonics Award in Renewable Energy Generation: Fusion and Photovoltaics (OPTO conference 8981), accepted by Amaury Delamarre (Institut de Recherche et Développement sur l'Energie Photovoltaïque) for "Micrometric characterization methods of thin-film solar cells using luminescence emissions" [8981-8]. Authors also include Gilbert El-HajjeMyriam PaireJean-François Guillemoles and  Laurent Lombez (Institut de Recherche et Développement sur l'Energie Photovoltaïque).

OPTO green Photonics Awards

Green Photonics Award in Solid State Lighting and Displays (OPTO conference 9003), accepted by Svenja Wolff (Univ. Duisburg-Essen) for "Implementation of graphene electrodes in nanoparticle light-emitting devices" [9003-9]. Authors also include  Simon SandersGerd Bacher, and Ekaterina Nannen (Univ. Duisburg-Essen).

OPTO Green Photonics Awards

Green Photonics Award in Communications (OPTO conference 9001), accepted by Philip Moser (Technische Univ. Berlin) for "Energy-efficient oxide-confined high-speed VCSELs for optical interconnects" [9001-2]. Authors also include Philip WolfGunter LarischHui Li and James Lott (Technische Univ. Berlin); and Dieter Bimberg (Univ. Berlin and King Abdulaziz Univ.).

LASE Green Photonics Award

Green Photonics Award in Laser-assisted Manufacturing and Micro/Nano Fabrication (LASE conference 8968), accepted by Wilhelm Pfleging (right) and Johannes Pröll (left) (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology) for "Laser generated microstructures in tape cast electrodes for rapid electrolyte wetting: new technical approach for cost efficient battery manufacturing" [8968-11]. Authors also include Robert Kohler (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology).


VECSELs Best Student Paper Award


The Best Student Presentation Award for the Vertical External Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers (VECSELs) conference (8966) was presented to Mario Mangold (ETH Zurich), for the paper “Picosecond MIXSEL for clocking applications” [8966-22]. Authors also include Valentin J. Wittwer, Christian A. Zaugg, Sandro M. Link, Matthias Golling, Bauke W. Tilma, and Ursula Keller (ETH Zurich). The award was presented by Jill Berger (Coherent, Inc.). The award was sponsored by Coherent, Inc.

JenLab Young Investigator award

JenLab Young Investigator Award

The JenLab Young Investigator Award for Best Paper was presented to Gitanjal Deka, (National Yang-Ming Univ, shown left) for the paper titled “Multiphoton microscopy for skin wound healing study in terms of cellular metabolism and collagen regeneration” [8948-71]. Authors also include Kazunori Okano, National Chiao Tung Univ.; Wei-Wen Wu, National Yang-Ming Univ., Taipei City Hospital; Fu-Jen Kao, National Yang-Ming Univ. The award was presented by Multiphoton Microscopy in the Biomedical Sciences conference chairs Karsten König (Univ. des Saarlandes) (shown, right).

Student poster session competition

Conference 8948 Best Poster Award

The three poster award winners are with Multiphoton Microscopy Conference Chairs (starts 2nd from left - Brad Littleton, King's College London, UK;  Leila B. Mostaco-Guidolin, National Research Council Canada, Canada; Ming Zhao, The Univ. of Arizona, USA). Prize donated by: Becker and Hickl, Boston Electronics, Carl Zeiss  Microscopy, LLC, Chroma Tech, Coherent Inc., ISS Inc., Leica Microsystems, Newport Corporation, and Princeton Instruments.



MOEMS-MEMS Best Student Paper Award


The Best Student Paper Award in the MOEMS-MEMS symposium was presented to Mona Rahbar (Simon Fraser Univ.) for the paper “High aspect ratio magnetic nanocomposite polymer.” Authors also include Hsiu-Yang Tseng and Bonnie Gray (Simon Fraser Univ.). The award was sponsored by Samsung Advanced, and presented by symposium chair David Dickensheets (left) and symposium co-chair Holger Becker (right).


 SPIE Biotechnology Award

Philip Stahl, Naomi Halas, SPIE Biotechnology Award

SPIE President Philip Stahl presented the SPIE Biophotonics Technology Innovator Award  to SPIE Fellow Naomi Halas, Rice University. The award recognizes Halas for her invention of biocompatible nanoparticles and their innovative applications in imaging, diagnostics, and photothermal cancer therapy. Halas is the Stanley C. Moore Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, professor of Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, and Astronomy, and director of the Laboratory for Nanophotonics at Rice.


SPIE BiOS Scholarships

BiOS Student Lunch with the Experts

Eight students received SPIE scholarships at the BiOS student networking lunch with the experts: Amol Choudhary (University of Southampton), Damon DePaoli (University of Victoria), Roopam Gupta (IISER Kolkata), Amina Hussein (McGill University), Wonju Lee (Yonsei University), Mahyar Mehran (Simon Fraser University), Emily O'Brien (Univ. of Missouri), and Yule Xiong (Carleton University).


Translational Research Awards

Translational Research Awards

Translational Research Best Paper Awards were presented by symposium chair Bruce Tromberg (Beckman Laser Institute and Clinic, University of California, Irvine). From left, are Tromberg and winners Michalina Gora (Harvard Medical School), "Tethered capsule OCT endomicroscopy"; The-Quyen Nguyen (Vanderbilt University), "Device for 3D real-time interoperative evaluation of surgical margin status"; Ji-Xin Cheng (Purdue University), "Spectroscopic imagingunveils the essential role of cholesterol accumulation in cancer proliferation"; and Daniel Palanker (Stanford University), "Non-damaging laser therapy of the emacula: titration algorithm and tissue response."


Pascal Rol Award

Pascal Rol Award Marco Ruggeri

From left, Pier Giorgio Gobbi (Scientific Institute Hospital San Raffaele) and Arthur Ho (Brien Holden Vision Institute), co-chair of the Ophthalmic Technologies conference, presented the 2014 Pascal Rol Award for Excellence in Ophthalmic Technology to Marco Ruggeri (Bascom Palmer Eye Institute), for "Biometry of the ciliary muscle during dynamic accommodation assessed with OCT." The prize was donated by Brien Holden Vision Institute. Co-authors are Victor Hernandez, Carolina De Freitas, and Fabrice Manns, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and University of Miami; and Jean-Marie Parel, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami, and Vision Cooperative Research Center Sydney.


PicoQuant Young Investigator Award

PicoQuant Award

From left, Single Molecule Spectroscopy and Superresolution Imaging conference chair Rainer Erdmann, managing director at PicoQuant, presented the PicoQuant Young Investigator Award for BiOS Best Paper to Narain Karedla of Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, for "Metal-induced energy transfer: measuring quantum yields and molecular distances" (co-authors Alexey Chizhik and Jörg Enderlein); and Quan Wang of Stanford University, for "Spectroscopic and transport measurements of single molecules in solution using an electrokinetic trap" (co-author W.E. Moerner). Zygmunt "Karol" Gryczynski (Texas Christian Univ. at Fort Worth), conference co-chair, is at right.