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SPIE Professional January 2008

SPIE Members in the News

Wyant, Willson, Hornbeck, James, Soileau, and Kwiatkowski receive honors.

James Wyant Elected OSA 2010 President
photo of James WyantFormer SPIE President James Wyant, dean of University of Arizona's College of Optical Sciences (Tucson, AZ), has been elected president of the Optical Society of America for 2010.

Wyant, who will become president-elect of the OSA in 2009, will be only the fourth person elected president for two major international optics societies. He was SPIE president in 1986.

Wyant is also an SPIE Fellow and recipient of the SPIE Gold Medal in 2003, the SPIE Technology Achievement Award in 1988 with WYKO Corporation, and the 1979 SPIE Governors' Award.

"I am proud to have the honor of serving both these organizations as president," he said.

Wyant, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, is the author of more than 300 professional publications and invited talks on interferometry, holograph, and optical testing and is known as an entrepreneur in the field of optics. He has helped launch and direct such corporations as WYKO Corp., 4D Technology and DMetrix. He has served on the boards of directors for WYKO, ILX Lightwave, Veeco Instruments, Optics 1, DMetrix and 4D Technology. His business acumen has earned him industry accolades that include Arizona's "Innovator of the Year" Product Award, the Tom Brown Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award and the UA Technology Innovation Award.

Wyant also is five-time winner of R&D Magazine's R&D 100 Award, and five-time winner of Laurin Publishing's Photonics Circle of Excellence Award for optical products.

Wyant has a master's and a doctorate from the University of Rochester where he was named a distinguished alumnus. He joined the UA faculty as an assistant professor in optical sciences in 1974. He became director of its Optical Sciences Center in 1999 and dean of the newly created College of Optical Sciences in 2005.

Former SPIE President M.J. Soileau an AAAS Fellow

Former SPIE President M.J. Soileau, vice president for Research and Commercialization and professor of optics, physics, electrical engineering and computer science at the University of Central Florida, was named a 2007 Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences. Soileau was honored for his "distinguished research contributions and leadership in the field of lasers and optical engineering." Soileau, who is also an SPIE Fellow, received the SPIE Directors' Award in 1999.

Larry Hornbeck Inducted into National Academy of Engineering
photo of Larry HornbeckSPIE Fellow Larry A. Hornbeck has been inducted into the National Academy of Engineering. Hornbeck, also a Texas Instruments Fellow, was recognized for his work in the invention and development of the digital micromirror device (DMD) and its application to projection display technology.
The DMD, a microchip that enables all-digital, source-to-eye projection, revolutionized projection displays when it was developed in 1987. Because of its small size, high brightness and exceptional image fidelity, stability and reliability, projectors and big-screen TVs based on the DMD microchip are widely used in conference rooms, home entertainment, large venues, and digital cinema.
He has been associated with SPIE conferences and publications for many years, and is currently active in the SPIE Photonics West Projection Displays conference.

C. Grant Willson Honored With 2007 SEMI Award
photo of Dr. C. Grant WillsonC. Grant Willson, an SPIE Fellow and professor of chemical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, has been named recipient of the 2007 SEMI Award for North America.

Willson's contributions to the development of chemically amplified photoresists over the past 20 years have helped enable the evolution of new generations of semiconductor lithography processes and tools with significant productivity improvements, according to Pat Gardner of the North American Programs group at SEMI.

In 2005, SPIE awarded Willson the Frits Zernike Award for Microlithography. He has received numerous other awards for technical achievements and teaching and has chaired conferences for the SPIE Advanced Lithography symposium for many years.

Willson holds the Rashid Engineering Regents Chair in the College of Natural Sciences of the University of Texas at Austin where his research group focuses on photosensitive materials. He worked for IBM from 1979 to 1993 and was fellow and manager of Polymer Science and Technology at IBM Almaden Research Lab.

SEMI is a global industry association advocating growth and profitability throughout the manufacturing supply chain.

Brookhaven's Ralph James Becomes OSA Fellow
photo of Ralph B. JamesSPIE Fellow Ralph B. James, associate laboratory director for Energy, Environment and National Security at Brookhaven National Laboratory and 2008 vice president of SPIE, has been named a Fellow of the Optical Society of America. James was recognized for "exceptional technical accomplishments and leadership leading to advances in nonlinear optics and optoelectronic sensors for lasers, spectroscopy and imaging."

James recently served as chair of SPIE's Engineering, Science, and Technology Policy Committee and as a member of the Audit Committee. He has also co-chaired the Hard X-Ray and Gamma-Ray Detector Physics series of conferences at the annual SPIE Optics + Photonics symposium.

Los Alamos Researcher Receives Innovation Award

Kris Kwiatkowski, a member of SPIE and a researcher at Los Alamos National Laboratory, was honored with a Wall Street Journal 2007 Technology Innovation Award. Kwiatkowski was recognized in the newspaper's 24 September issue for developing a superfast camera on a chip, able to capture images of very fast events, like an explosive shock wave. The camera, developed alongside researchers from Teledyne Technologies, combines a chip for capturing light and another for storage and processing of the resulting image. The camera on a chip previously earned a 2007 R&D 100 Award, given annually by R&D magazine. 

DOI: 10.1117/2.4200801.08

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