Ernst & Young and the Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster each named SPIE members as their Entrepreneur of the Year for 2009.
Ernst & Young named Ken Solinsky, founder and president of Insight Technology Inc., as its 2009 national winner in the distribution and manufacturing category.
Solinsky was honored for his leadership at Insight, one of the largest developers and suppliers of night vision and electro-optical systems to the U.S. military. Insight Technology, founded in 1988, was purchased by L-3 Communications in February. The transaction is expected to be completed by the end of the second quarter of 2010 and Solinsky will become president of L-3's newly created Warrior Systems Sector.
The Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster similarly honored Michael Mandina, founder and president of Optimax Systems. Mandina started Optimax in 1990 in Ontario, NY, and he has been heavily involved in workforce development and continuing education programs in the Rochester area. Optimax employs 150 people fabricating complex prototype optics for customers and industries around the world.
The RRPC Entrepreneur of the Year Award is based on "creativity, innovative spirit, and drive in pursuit of the dream of creating an industry-leading company in the optics, photonics, and imaging industry."
Another Company for Gary Conley
Gary Conley, featured in the October 2007 issue of SPIE Professional as founder of SolFocus, has started a new company, B2U, to commercialize advanced thermal technology that does not require direct sunlight. B2U is a spinoff of H2Go.
Arp Is New CEO for Qioptiq
Fredrik Arp is the new chairman and CEO of Qioptiq, a global company headquartered in France that designs and manufactures photonic products and solutions. Arp has held senior executive positions in large global companies for the last 20 years, most recently as CEO and president at Volvo.
Mitsuo Takeda Is New OSJ President
SPIE Fellow Mitsuo Takeda of the University of Electro-Communications in Tokyo has been elected president of the Optical Society of Japan (OSJ). A recent SPIE Board Member, Takeda is professor in the Laboratory for Information Photonics and Wave Signal Processing, Department of Information and Communication Engineering. Takeda is the 2010 winner of the Dennis Gabor award in recognition of his contributions to the development of holography and optical metrology. The award is presented annually by SPIE. His two-year term at OSJ begins in April. The OSJ is an affiliate of the Japan Society of Applied Physics, with which SPIE has a cooperation agreement.
Ralph James, Yonggang Cui Earn Awards for R&D Innovation
Brookhaven National Lab researchers Ralph James and Yonggang Cui have been recognized by two publications for their work in developing an imaging system that can localize cancer tissue in the prostate gland at an early stage, providing detail that can better enable successful diagnosis and early treatment. James and Cui were honored in April as "Men of the Year in Science" by the Setauket, NY, Village Times Herald. Last November, their team at Brookhaven and industry partner Hybridyne Imaging Technologies won a 2009 R&D 100 Award in bioscience from R&D magazine for developing the compact gamma camera for the imaging system. James is 2010 SPIE President and an SPIE Fellow, and Cui is author of approximately 20 papers published by SPIE, including several to be presented at SPIE Optics+Photonics in San Diego in August. James holds 11 patents and has won numerous awards including 5 R&D 100 awards, and Discover magazine's 2007 "Innovator of the Year" award in the field of imaging.
Erickson Wins Early Career Award
Cornell University researcher David Erickson says he will use funds from a U.S. Department of Energy Early Career Research Award on a project involving direct assembly of nanomaterials for highly efficient energy conversion. More
Two SPIE Members Elected to NAE
SPIE Members Maryellen Giger of the University of Chicago and Xiang Zhang of the University of California, Berkeley, have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering.
CEO Discusses Technology Innovation
Angelique Irvin, president and CEO of Clear Align, will discuss the culture, structure, and tactics that drive successful technical innovation at an SPIE Women in Optics event at SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing in April.
Barry Masters Becomes AAAS Fellow
SPIE Fellow Barry Masters, a visiting scientist at MIT and author of an SPIE Press book on live cell imaging, has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Masters was formerly a professor in anatomy at the Uniformed Services Univ. of the Health Sciences. He is the author of the SPIE Press book Confocal Microscopy and Multiphoton Excitation Microscopy: the Genesis of Live Cell Imaging as well as author and editor of several other books. He has written numerous book reviews for the Journal of Biomedical Optics, has served on program committees for biomedical optics conferences at SPIE Photonics West, and has published 81 refereed research papers and 126 book chapters and articles. Masters was elected a fellow of AAAS for his "fundamental contributions to understanding corneal and epithelial metabolism and differentiation by the application of confocal and two-photon in vivo imaging microscopy," noted a letter from MIT President Susan Hockfield. His research interests include the development of in vivo microscopy of the human eye and skin, biomedical imaging and spectroscopy, and the fractal analysis of branching vascular patterns.
Fenner Milton Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
A. Fenner Milton, director of the Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate at the U.S. Army Research, Development & Engineering Command, will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing in April.
Three to Share Wolf Prize
Alain Aspect of the Institut d'Optique (France), Anton Zeilinger of the University of Vienna and the Austrian Academy of Sciences, and John Clauser of J.F. Clauser and Associates (USA) will share the 2010 Wolf Prize in Physics. Aspect and Zeilinger are program committee members for the Quantum Optics conference at SPIE Photonics Europe, to be held in Brussels 12-16 April.
Stanford startup develops coatings for solar-cell light absorption
Mark Brongersma of Stanford is scientific adviser to Broadband Solar, a startup that has developed a new coating to increase the amount of light that solar cells absorb. More
Stimulus Grant to Fund Metrology Tools
SPIE Fellows James Burge and Robert Parks of the University of Arizona have won a stimulus grant from NIST to develop highly precise metrology tools for manufacturing. More
Ben Eggleton Wins Scopus Young Researcher Award
Benjamin Eggleton, director of the Institute of Photonics and Optical Sciences at the University of Sydney (Australia) and a Hot Topics speaker at SPIE Photonics Europe in April, has received the Scopus Young Researcher of the Year Award in the physical sciences category. Eggleton's work in photonics and optical science explores photonic circuits to transmit, store and process information. His research impacts a diverse range of areas, from telecommunications to astronomy to biomedical applications. The CUDOS photonic chip, developed by Eggleton and his CUDOS team, will enable Internet speeds 1000 times faster than the one MB per second available to users in Australia currently. Eggleton is excited about building on the success of the CUDOS photonic chip, as well as exploring new research directions involving the mid-IR region of the spectrum of light. More
Mendonca Wins ICO/ICTP Award
Cleber Renato Mendonca, a professor in the photonics group of the Institute of Physics at the University of Sao Paulo (Brazil) received the ICO/ICTP Gallieno Denardo Award during the Winter College on Optics and Energy in February and presented a seminar in optical nonlinearities in organic materials. Approximately 75 attendees shared the latest advances in optical and photonics applications for energy savings and production at the annual event at the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste, which supports the advancement of light-based research in developing countries. SPIE is a co-sponsor of the Winter College and provides ICTP with free access to the SPIE Digital Library during the sessions.
Alberto Salleo Wins SPIE Early Career Achievement Award
SPIE member Alberto Salleo, assistant professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University (USA), is the 2010 recipient of the SPIE Early Career Achievement award in recognition of his highly influential contributions in large-area electronics, polymer thin film transistors, and laser/material interactions. His research group at Stanford focuses on novel materials and processing techniques for large-area and flexible electronic/photonic devices as well as ultra-fast laser processing for electronics, photonics and biotechnology. Salleo's work in organic electronics involves the introduction of charge transport models in order to understand what limits the ultimate performance of these materials. He received his PhD at University of California, Berkeley, in 2001, and in less than five years at Stanford, his publications in organic electronics have been cumulatively cited more than 400 times.
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