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SPIE Professional April 2009

Members Brightening Our World

Members of the SPIE photonics community are making the world a safer, healthier, and cleaner place every day.

University of Washington researchers, including Eric Seibel and Qin Miao, have helped develop a new microscope that visualizes cells in 3D, a technique that could be a big step forward in cancer detection. Seibel, an SPIE member, and Miao worked with others collaborating with VisionGate, a privately held company that holds the patent on the technology.

The technique involves rotating a cell under the microscope lens and taking hundreds of pictures per rotation, and then digitally combining them to form a single 3-D image.

The 3-D visualizations could lead to big advances in early cancer detection, since clinicians today identify cancerous cells by using 2-D pictures to assess the cells’ shape and size, researchers said.

Seth MarderTen SPIE members and Fellows have been elected fellows of the American Physical Society. They are Nader Engheta, University of Xiang ZhangPennsylvania; Shanhui Fan, Stanford University; George Kyrala, Los Alamos National Lab; Seth Marder, Georgia Institute of Technology; Carmen Menoni, Colorado State University; Fan Ren, University of Florida; James Ryan, University of New Hampshire; Gennady Shvets, University of Texas, Austin; Sunney Xie, Harvard University; and Xiang Zhang, University of California, Berkeley.


SPIE Fellow Anand Asundi is the inaugural chair of the newly formed Optics and Photonics Society of Singapore. The organization has roots in the former Singapore Chapter of SPIE. OPSS aims to promote greater interaction between the optics and photonics community in Singapore in both academia and industry through providing a forum for discussion and growth among the various multidisciplinary groups.

Morley BloukeSPIE Fellow Morley M. Blouke, a Ball Aerospace consultant who has played a key role in the evolution of scientific image sensors and CCD technology, received the 2009 Electronic Imaging Scientist of the Year award at IS&T/SPIE Electronic Imaging.  He has developed many of the original theoretical models of CCD image performance and drove current theoretical work necessary to describe CMOS image sensor performance. Blouke is also well known for his work on the Hubble Telescope.

SPIE Fellow Ronald G. Driggers of the U.S. Naval Research Lab has been appointed editor of Optical Engineering, effective when Donald C. O'Shea retires 1 January 2010. Driggers is currently the superintendent of the Optical Sciences Division at the Naval Research Lab. He was previously the director of the Modeling and Simulation Division at the U.S. Army's Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate and has worked for or consulted to Lockheed Martin, Science Applications International Corp., EOIR Measurements, Amtec Corp., Joint Precision Strike Demonstration Project Office, Redstone Technical Test Center, and Army Research Laboratory.

SPIE Fellow Janet Fender received a 2009 University of Oklahoma Distinguished Alumni Award. Fender, who represents the natural sciences, is the scientific adviser to the commander and chief scientist of Air Combat Command at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia.

Maya Gupta of the University of Washington and Brian Lail of the Florida Institute of Technology were among 67 scientists honored with 2007 Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers in Washington, DC.

SPIE Gold Medal winner Richard Hoover of NASANASA's Richard Hoover has won this year's SPIE Gold Medal. Hoover, an SPIE Fellow and a past SPIE president, is an astrobiologist known for his research on microbial extremophiles and astromaterials and for his full-disk images of the sun in the X-ray and EUV wavelengths. He is the astrobiology group leader at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, National Space Science Technology Center. His interest in the origins of life has led to a long chairmanship of the cross-disciplinary Instruments, Methods, and Missions for Astrobiology conference. The Gold Medal of the Society is the highest honor SPIE bestows. More about Hoover's accomplishments can be found in an SPIE press release and in the July issue of SPIE Professional.

SPIE Fellow Larry Hornbeck of Texas Instruments was inducted into the U.S. National Inventors Hall of Fame for 2009. Hornbeck is the inventor of the digital micromirror device used to create images in cell phones, movie projectors and other applications.

Kanti JainSPIE Fellow Kanti Jain of the University of Illinois has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering for his contributions to the development of high-resolution, deep-ultraviolet excimer lithography. Election to the academy is considered among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Jain has more than 30 years of experience as a scientist, technologist, and entrepreneur developing fabrication technologies for microelectronics, such as those used for computers and television monitors. While working at IBM in the 1980s, he invented the technology of high-resolution excimer laser lithography, which led to production machines for semiconductor integrated circuit manufacturing. These circuits are used in almost all electronic devices today. IBM awarded Jain two Outstanding Innovation Awards for his work in this field. Jain recently co-wrote an article for the SPIE Newsroom titled, "Ablation assistor enables low-fluence photoablation of carbon nanotubes."

US Under Secretary of Energy and SPIE Fellow Kristina JohnsonSPIE Fellow and Provost of Johns Hopkins University, Kristina M. Johnson, is the new U.S. Under Secretary of Energy. Johnson has been the chief academic officer at Hopkins since 2007. Johnson, who served on the Society's Board of Directors from 2006 to 2008, is a member of the SPIE Symposia Committee and has also served on the SPIE Publications Committee. She holds 129 U.S. and foreign patents and is the co-founder of several startup companies. Johnson is responsible for leading administration initiatives in energy efficiency, solar and wind power, geothermal energy, clean car technology and other forms of renewable energy. As dean of Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering from 1999 to 2007, Johnson helped set up interdisciplinary efforts in photonics, bioengineering and biologically inspired materials, and energy and the environment.

Chris MackSPIE Fellow Chris Mack, known as the “Gentleman Scientist” and the “Litho Guru,” received the Frits Zernike Award at SPIE Advanced Lithography for development of the Prolith suite of lithography simulation software and for his many contributions as author and teacher. The Zernike Award is given for outstanding accomplishments in microlithographic technology, especially those furthering the development of semiconductor lithographic imaging solutions. Mack also has been an integral part of SPIE Advanced Lithography symposia for many years, including instructing numerous short courses.

Jim OschmannJacobus (Jim) Oschmann (left), a new SPIE Fellow, has been named vice president and general manager of Ball Aerospace & Technologies’ Antenna & Video Technologies group. Oschmann will lead the strategy, acquisition, and execution of programs for tactical defense needs that apply antenna, radio frequency, and video technology.

SPIE Fellow Ronald L. Phillips, the first engineering director at CREOL at the University of Central Florida, has been granted professor emeritus status at UCF.

Jannick RolandSPIE Fellow Jannick Rolland was named the first Brian J. Thompson Professor of Optical Engineering at the University of Rochester. Rolland's work on optical design spans head-mounted displays, augmented reality and 3D visualization, and image quality assessment for medical imaging. Her pioneering work on image quality assessment in medical imaging continues to be a major area of her research, now moving into image quality assessment for optical coherence tomography and specifically toward a state-of-the-art device for application to skin cancer detection in clinical environments. Rolland became involved in research on head-mounted displays in surgical environments when it was an emerging field, developing the first truly miniature projection optics, which led to the first commercially available head-mounted projection display. Thompson, also an SPIE Fellow, served as SPIE President in 1975 and 1976.

SPIE Fellow Ryszard Romaniuk of Warsaw University of Technology, is editor-in-chief of the new electronic journal, Photonics Letters of Poland.

George C. Schatz, professor of chemistry at Northwestern University, has been named a winner of the 2008 Foresight Institute Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology.

Gary SullivanGary Sullivan of Microsoft, also a new SPIE Fellow, and a team of international experts won their second Emmy Award for developing the H.264/MPEG4-AVC video standard. The Joint Video Team received the Technology & Engineering Emmy in the "Daytime" category for developing the video standard. This same standard had already been awarded the tech Emmy in the "Primetime" category last year. Other leaders of the team are Thomas Wiegand (Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications, Heinrich-Hertz-Institut, HHI), Ajay K. Luthra (Motorola), and Jens-Rainer Ohm (RWTH Aachen). The Joint Video Team is sponsored by the International Telecommunications Union, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission.

John Werner of the University of California Davis Health System Eye Center received the Lighthouse International Pisart Vision Award for his contributions to research on vision science. He is particularly know for his research on vision changes associated with aging.

SEDOPTICA, the Spanish Optical Society, named SPIE President María Yzuel to its Socios de Honor, a status equivalent to Fellow.


In Memory:

  • William H. "Hank" Carter, 70, an SPIE Fellow, research physicist, and electrical engineer who worked at the Naval Research Lab in Washington, DC (20 March)
  • Francis T. Laurin, 92, president of Laurin Publishing (28 April)
  • Arne Lindquist, 51, president of Optofabrik (2 April)
  • Vladilen Stepanovich Letokhov, 69, a laser researcher from the Institute of Spectroscopy in Russia (21 March)
  • George Zissis, 86, a retired remote sensing pioneer and an SPIE Fellow (6 January)
Updated June 8, 2009

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DOI: 10.1117/2.4200904.41

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