SPIE is promoting 67 members to the rank of Fellow of the Society this year to recognize the significant scientific and technical contributions of each in the interdisciplinary fields of optics, photonics, and imaging.
The new Fellows are from 17 countries across the globe, including 11 from Asia, eight from Europe, and 41 from the United States.
A large number, nearly 70%, are employed in academic institutions around the world conducting research and teaching a new generation of scientists. Several have won excellence in teaching awards at their universities. Three professors from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (Israel) made the promotion list this year as did numerous SPIE members employed in industries or government labs that produce the latest lasers, medical imaging equipment, and other optical products, technologies, and research.
"The annual recognition of Fellows provides an opportunity for us to acknowledge members for their outstanding technical contributions and service to SPIE," says SPIE President Katarina Svanberg, who became an SPIE Fellow in 2005.
More than 900 SPIE members have become Fellows since the Society's inception in 1955.
Fellows are recognized at SPIE meetings of their choice throughout the year. This year, 26 new Fellows received their certificates at SPIE Photonics West, four each at SPIE Advanced Lithography and IS&T/SPIE Electronic Imaging, one at SPIE Medical Imaging, and two at SPIE Smart Structures. Others are scheduled to be inducted at SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing, SPIE Optics and Photonics, and other SPIE meetings.
Five who will be recognized at SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing in April are among a group of about 20 new Fellows whose work in optics and photonics has brought them into the aerospace, remote-sensing, security, and defense communities. Their work is done in the service of imaging extrasolar planets, building better photodetectors, electronic displays, biosensors, lasers, and other equipment for soldiers, and conducting specialized research that can have unintended benefits for citizens across national boundaries. (See related article.)
Three from Ben-Gurion University
Three professors from the same university in Israel, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, are being promoted this year to the rank of SPIE Fellow.
Ibrahim Abdulhalim, associate professor of electro-optic engineering, created four new courses in biomedical optics at BGU and is recognized for liquid crystal devices and optical sensors. He serves as associate editor of the SPIE Journal of Nanophotonics and adviser to the BGU SPIE Student Chapter that was established recently.
Herzl Aharoni, professor emeritus in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is recognized for developing integrated silicon LEDs and contributions to the research and realization of ITO/InP photovoltaic structures and devices.
Shlomi Arnon, associate professor and a founding member of the Department of Electro-Optical Engineering, is honored for his work with laser satellite communication, optical wireless communication, and sensor networks.
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