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SPIE Professional July 2008

SPIE Award Winners

George W. Goddard Award

John Gille

John Gille of the National Center for Atmospheric Research at the University of Colorado received the 2008 George W. Goddard Award in recognition of his outstanding research and significant accomplishments in building instruments and interpretation of results in the monitoring of the atmosphere, in particular on the High Resolution Dynamics Limb Sounder (HIRDLS). He will give a plenary talk on this subject 12 August at SPIE Optics + Photonics.

Dennis Gabor Award

Leonid Glebov

Leonid Glebov, a research scientist at the University of Central Florida's College of Optics and Photonics, is this year's winner of the SPIE Dennis Gabor Award for outstanding accomplishments in technologies relating to the bending of lightwaves. The award recognizes his discovery and practical implementation of photo-thermo-refractive glass as a new medium for recording high-efficiency volume holographic gratings. Glebov was also honored for his pioneering studies of photo-ionization physics of pure and doped glasses, which enabled the discovery and development of relevant technologies.

Technology Achievement Award

Bahram Javidi

Bahram Javidi, a distinguished professor at the University of Connecticut, received the 2008 SPIE Technology Achievement Award in recognition of his outstanding technical contributions in optical security systems, 3D image recognition, 3D display, 3D visualization, and recognition of biological microorganisms using 3D imaging systems.

A.E. Conrady Award

Adolf Lohmann

Adolf Lohmann, professor emeritus of Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany, has received the 2008 SPIE A.E. Conrady Award in recognition of his invention of the computer-generated hologram, which revolutionized the world of optical testing and design. The Conrady Award is presented to recognize exceptional contributions in design, construction, and testing of optical systems and instrumentation.

Frits Zernike Award in Microlithography

Martin van den Brink

Martin van den Brink, executive vice president of marketing and technology at ASML BV, Netherlands, is the SPIE 2008 Frits Zernike Award winner, in recognition of his pioneering contributions to the advancement of optical lithographic exposure tools. SPIE confers the Frits Zernike Award annually to honor outstanding accomplishments in microlithography, especially those furthering the development of semiconductor lithographic imaging solutions. The award is sponsored by Cymer and ASML.

G.G. Stokes Award

Shin-Tson Wu

Shin-Tson Wu, director of the Liquid Crystal Displays Lab at the University of Central Florida is the winner of this year's SPIE G.G. Stokes Award for his research in liquid crystal displays, adaptive-focus lenses, tunable photonics, and optical polarization. The award is given annually for exceptional contributions to the field of optical polarization. Wu's liquid crystal lens technology has been licensed for use in commercial, military, and medical applications. Wu, an SPIE Fellow, has also been awarded the Jan Rajchman Prize from the Society for Information Display for his contributions to LCD science and technology, especially display device physics, electro-optic effects, and materials.

2008 SPIE Educator Award: Ajoy Ghatak 

Ajoy Ghatak is the 2008 SPIE Educator Award recipient in recognition of his unparalleled global contributions to the field of fiber optics research and tireless dedication to optics education worldwide and throughout the developing world.

The SPIE Educator Award is presented annually in recognition of outstanding contributions to optics education by an SPIE instructor or an educator in the field.

Ghatak repeatedly cites the success of the students he has helped as his proudest achievement during his long career in education.

"I always enjoyed teaching, and at the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT Delhi) we are very fortunate to have very bright students both at the undergraduate level as well as at the graduate level," says Ghatak. "I am very proud of my students, and working with them gave me immense satisfaction."

After receiving his own PhD from Cornell University and doing post-doctoral work at Brookhaven National Laboratory on neutron transport theory from 1963-64, Ghatak returned to India to teach at IIT Delhi. In 1969, he was asked to work in the then emerging area of fiber optics. "From 1970 onwards I got very deeply involved in the study of optics and also in carrying out research work in the general areas of fiber and integrated optics," Ghatak says.

For the next 40 years, Ghatak worked at IIT Delhi and helped mold the Optoelectronics and Fiber Optics Center at the university. He also has been a visiting scientist and professor at universities in the U.S., Brazil, Australia, Singapore, and Germany. He has written or been a co-author on 14 books and more than 170 research papers.

Now retired, Ghatak says, "I was a bit apprehensive as to what I would do after my emeritus professorship ended. In fact, I am now greatly enjoying my freedom."

2008 SPIE Early Career Achievement Award: Sanjay Krishna 

Sanjay Krishna, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of New Mexico, has been given the inaugural SPIE Early Career Achievement Award in recognition of his tremendous contributions to the development of mid-infrared focal plane arrays using self-assembled quantum dots in a well (DWELL) design.

The new SPIE award was established to honor an early career professional for significant and innovative technical contributions to the photonics community.

Krishna's pioneering work with quantum dots in infrared sensing has led to many advances in space-based atmospheric sensing and remote sensing of biological agents. For example, he developed a novel class of midwave infrared detectors based on self-assembled quantum dots using a DWELL structure. This resulted in a revolutionary midwave/longwave detector with bias-dependent responsivity, leading to a new paradigm in spectral sensing.

In collaboration with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Krishna's DWELL design led to the demonstration of the first 640 x 512 quantum-dot based camera, a device designed for the high sensitivities needed in spaceborne applications for monitoring atmospheric temperature profiles, relative humidity profiles, and cloud characteristics.

His impressive list of firsts also includes the first two-color quantum dot-based camera, the first longwave infrared quantum dot-based camera, the first quantum dot laser grown on a silicon substrate, and the first intersubband emission from quantum dots.

Krishna, who received his PhD in applied physics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 2001, has also made influential contributions to the educational community. He spearheads internship programs at UNM, organizes public seminars, works with area high school students, and serves on several university committees. As an SPIE member, Krishna initiated the SPIE Student Chapter at UNM and serves as the group's faculty adviser.

Krishna's plenary talk at SPIE Optics+Photonics on 12 August is entitled, "Infrared Retina Using Nanoscale Quantum Dots and Strain Layer Superlattices."

Career Awards

SPIE Member Arthur E. Clark was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the SPIE Smart Structures/NDE Symposium in March. Often cited as the leading U.S. scientist in magnetic and magnetoelastic effects, Clark is a former leader at the Naval Surface Warfare Center's magnetics group where he established the center as the world's leading laboratory in magnetoelasticity.

Michael Kroning, director of Fraunhofer-Institut für Zerstörungsfreie Prüfverfahren in Dresden, Germany, and professor of nondestructive testing at Saarland University, Saarbrücken, also received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the symposium. Kroning's special career achievements have included ultrasonic inspection techniques for austenitic welds in stainless steel piping for intergranular stress corrosion cracking and other non-destructive testing.

Delores M. Etter of the U.S. Naval Academy, a strong supporter of science and math education, received the SPIE Defense+Security Symposium Lifetime Achievement Award, also in March. As deputy undersecretary for Science and Technology at the U.S. Department of Defense, Etter was responsible for strategic planning, program execution and evaluation, and budget allocation. She has taught at the University of Colorado in Boulder, the University of New Mexico, the U.S. Naval Academy, and Stanford University.

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DOI: 10.1117/2.4200807.11