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SPIE Professsional April 2008

Students Are Active Participants in Optics, Photonics Community

UConn Students Driving Force in Photonics Cluster -- Newport Spectra-Physics Supports Student Travel -- Top Students, Papers At SPIE Photonics West
UConn Students Driving Force in Photonics Cluster

logo for student chaptersOptics industry leaders, academic researchers, and government officials in Connecticut have joined with an SPIE Student Chapter to form the Connecticut Optics and Photonics Association (CTOPA). The new industry group will promote optics-based technology and research in the state.

After an inaugural summit meeting in October at which veteran optics cluster organizer Robert Breault discussed how to maintain a successful optics trade association, CTOPA launched a seminar series at the University of Connecticut that has garnered interest from optics students and professionals from Boston to New York City.

Anastasios Maurudis, Christopher M. Falkner, Nathan White, and other members of the SPIE Student Chapter at UConn began organizing CTOPA last fall.

“The true sign of success came when we formed our association and elected our first board of directors in February,” Maurudis said.

photo of SPIE members involved in Connecticut Photonics clusterBoard Members gathered at SPIE Photonics West in January to share their success story with other photonics clusters from around the world. From left to right: Anastasios Maurudis, PhD candidate at UConn and co-founder of CTOPA; Holger Schlueter, vice president of laser production and development at TRUMPF; Robert Breault of Breault Research Organization and founder of several optics and photonics clusters; Eugene Arthurs, CEO of SPIE who formerly worked in Connecticut; and Richard Rogoff, vice president, ASML-Optics.

Newport Spectra-Physics Supports Student Travel

The Newport Spectra-Physics Research Excellence Travel Awards Program provided funding for 15 university students to present their papers at SPIE Photonics West in January where they gained exposure to new research and technologies and met other students and professionals.

Randy Heyler, director of strategic marketing for Newport, presented the awards at an awards luncheon. Recipients are:

  • Taeyoung Choi, University of Arizona
  • Eric Diebold, Harvard University
  • Juejun Hu, MITToufic Jabbour, University of Central Florida
  • Chih-wen “Wendy” Kan, University of Texas at Austin
  • Matthew Lew, California Institute of Technology
  • Yuting Lin, University of California, IrvineSupraja Murali, University of Central Florida
  • Jaesook Park, University of Texas at Austin
  • Narasimhan Rajaram, University of Texas, Austin
  • Tina Shih, Harvard University
  • Leo Siiman, University of Central Florida
  • Mingzhen Tang, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Nitin Uppal, University of Texas, Arlington
  • Hongying Zhu, University of Missouri, Columbia.

Newport Spectra-Physics donated $15,000 for student travel awards this year and has helped fund the grant since 2004.

Any student with a paper accepted for SPIE Optics + Photonics or SPIE Photonics West can apply for an SPIE Student Travel Grant and is automatically considered for the Newport Spectra-Physics Award. More information about the award: spie.org/newportgrant.

Top Students, Papers At SPIE Photonics West

logo for SPIE Photonics WestStudent participation in conferences and poster sessions was high at SPIE Photonics West in January.

Allison Dennis of Georgia Institute of Technology received the Ocean Optics Young Investigator Award, and the PicoQuant GmbH Young Investigator Award went to Andrea Armani of California Institute of Technology. Dennis authored a paper with Gang Bao on “Quantum dot-fluorescent protein FRET probes for protease activity assays.” Half of the $2,000 award goes to her program at Georgia Tech. Armani’s $750 prize was for a paper she authored with Scott E. Fraser, “Label-free detection of cytokines using optical microcavities.”

Oleksiy G. Andrusyak of the University of Central Florida won an award sponsored by IPG Photonics for “External and common cavity high spectral density beam combining of high power fiber lasers.” And Boris Povazay of Cardiff University, who made several presentations at BiOS, received a $500 Pascal Rol Award.

Student awards at LASE sponsored by Coherent Inc. included:
  • $750 award to Christian Stolzenburg, University of Stuttgart, "Advanced pulsed thin disk laser sources"
  • $750 award to Jeffery Wisdom, Stanford University, "Design of transverse Nd doping profiles in transparent YAG ceramics for edge-pumped laser geometries"
  • $500 award to Daniel Bender, The University of New Mexico, "Ultrashort lasers: identifying the “perfect” pulse"
Other Best Student Paper awards:
  • Yanbo Bai, Northwestern University, "Electrically pumped photonic crystal distributed feedback quantum cascade lasers"
  • Sonia Garcia-Blanco, Institut National d'Optique, "3D MOEMS-based optical micro-bench platform for the miniaturization of sensing devices"
  • Adam Larson, Texas A&M University, "Fiber delivery of sub-10-fs pulses for nonlinear optical microscopy"
  • Aisada Uchugonova, Fraunhofer-Institut für Biomedizinische Technik, "Two-photon imaging of stem cells"
  • Christian Voigtlander, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, "A tunable phase mask for the inscription of chirped fiber Bragg gratings" 

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DOI: 10.1117/2.4200804.10

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