SPIE awarded $351,000 in education scholarships this year to 139 outstanding individuals, based on their potential for long-range contribution to optics and photonics or a related discipline.
Six students shared the top scholarships.
Xiaohang Li, a PhD student in electrical and computer engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology (USA), was awarded the SPIE D.J. Lovell Scholarship, the Society’s largest and most prestigious scholarship.
Li’s research focuses on growing high-quality InAlGaN semiconductor materials for ultraviolet devices such as laser diodes, LED, and detectors using a metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) system.
Li, who thanked his faculty adviser, Russell Dupuis, plans to use the funds to further his research in semiconductor materials.
Kishore Padmaraju was awarded the John Kiel Scholarship, the second-largest scholarship sponsored by SPIE. A PhD candidate in electrical engineering at Columbia University (USA), Padmaraju is conducting research on the use of silicon photonics for next-generation optical interconnects.
“The most valuable insights in my research have come from directly interacting with fellow researchers,” Padmaraju says. He plans to use his scholarship to travel to SPIE conferences and share his research to broaden his network within the optics and photonics community.
Christopher Collier is receiving the SPIE Laser Technology, Engineering, and Applications Scholarship. A PhD student at the University of British Columbia (Canada), Collier is studying optical design and engineering.
Collier’s current research involves optical sensing in digital microfluidics.
“I hope to bring about significant technological advancements in lab-on-a-chip optical diagnostic systems,” Collier says.
Dmitry Reshidko is receiving the Optical Design and Engineering Scholarship. Reshidko recently completed his first PhD year at the College of Optical Science at University of Arizona. Reshidko was inspired to study optical engineering by his father’s work in optical design.
Reshidko’s latest project involves building an ultra-thin imaging camera, which will be integrated with an innovative image-processing algorithm.
“The scholarship will give me more flexibility in this exciting new project,” Reshidko says. “It will help purchase a powerful workstation to speed up the optimization process during intensive optical design tasks.”
The Optical Design and Engineering scholarship was established in memory of Bill Price and Warren Smith.
Two win BACUS award
Bei Yu and Jhih-Rong Gao, both from the University of Texas at Austin (USA), were awarded the BACUS Photomask Scholarship, sponsored by BACUS, the SPIE Photomask International Technical Group.
Yu’s PhD work has included Triple Patterning Lithography (TPL) mask synthesis and automatic design for e-beam lithography (EBL). Yu plans to use the scholarship to support his research and attend conferences.
“I stand up for my belief in becoming a professional engineer and making contributions to the field,” Yu says. “I firmly believe that I have already been well prepared.”
Gao’s PhD research is aimed at improving the yield of double patterning processes by upfront design modifications.
“This scholarship will support my participation at important conferences where I can learn the most up-to-date technologies and share my research findings,” Gao says.
Arizona student receives Kidger Scholarship
Tamer Tawfik Elazhary, a PhD student in the College of Optical Sciences at University of Arizona (USA), has been awarded the 2013 Michael Kidger Memorial Scholarship.
Elazhary (center, above) is also a graduate research associate at the university’s Large Optics Fabrication and Testing group, which develops technologies for optical testing and fabrication of large optical components and systems.
“I’m aware that lens design is a part of a bigger picture,” Elazhary says. “I’m keen to explore broader areas of optical imaging, so I’m taking classes in different areas of optics. I know there is no upper limit to knowledge and I’ll always be seeking it!”
The Kidger Scholarship was presented at SPIE Optics + Photonics in August by Tina Kidger of Kidger Optics Associates (UK), pictured at left above. SPIE President William Arnold is at right.
See a complete list of the 2013 SPIE scholarship recipients and more information on the SPIE scholarship program.