SPIE Fellow and recent SPIE Board Member 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; Asundi was chair of the Chapter for several years. 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. Asundi is a professor in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.
SPIE Fellow Edward M. Carapezza of the University of Connecticut and DARPA was honored at the 2009 SPIE Defense, Security and Sensing symposium with the Eric A. Lehrfeld Award. The award, established in 2003 by the SPIE Global Homeland Security Technical Group, honors efforts to apply photonics technologies to homeland security. Carapezza was recognized for his creation and multiyear leadership of the SPIE program track in Defense, Homeland Security, and Law Enforcement and for his personal contributions to the multi-agency technologist task forces assembled in the immediate aftermath of 9/11. The award is named in honor of Eric Lehrfeld, who died in the World Trade Center attack on September 11, 2001. Lehrfeld was the son of SPIE member Dan Lehrfeld, a past chair of the Global Homeland Security conference.
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 the superintendent of the Optical Sciences Division at the Naval Research Lab. He is the author of three books on infrared and electro-optics systems, has published more than 100 papers, and is the editor of Marcel Dekker's Encyclopedia of Optical Engineering. He has served as an associate editor of both Applied Optics and Optical Engineering. He was selected as the 2002 Army Material Command's Engineer of the Year and was selected in the Top 10 for Federal Engineers of the Year in 2002. He is a U.S. Naval Reserve Officer and was selected as the 2001 Engineering Duty Officer of the Year (William Kastner Award). 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.
NASA's Richard Hoover has won the 2009 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.
Robert E. Hopkins, 94, former director of the University of Rochester's Institute of Optics who was one of the first scientists to exploit the computer as a tool for designing optical systems, died 4 July. Hopkins, known by many as the "Father of Optical Engineering," was honored as an SPIE Fellow in 1978 and served on the SPIE Board of Governors from 1982 to 1984. Winner of the Gold Medal of the Society in 1983, he was an innovator in lens and optical systems design, an entrepreneur, and professor emeritus at Rochester. The Robert E. Hopkins Center for Optical Design & Engineering at Rochester was formally dedicated in March. He was also among the first to recognize the important role the laser would play in the future of subjects like solid state physics and quantum physics. More
SPIE 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'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.
Nanoscience professor and SPIE Fellow Serge Oktyabrsky has received the award for excellence in research at the University at Albany (USA) where he is a leader of a compound semiconductors group at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. He has more than 25 years of experience in electronic materials, design, fabrication, and characterization of semiconductor electronic and photonic devices, has authored more than 170 papers, and holds 3 patents in these fields. Oktyabrsky's recent research activities focus on physics and technology of quantum confined structures, microcavity photonic devices and group III-V based MOSFETs.
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.
SPIE Fellow Jannick Rolland was named the first Brian J. Thompson Professor of Optical Engineering at the University of Rochester, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (USA). Rolland's work spans optical design for 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.
Claude Thomas Walker has been named software CTO at Optical Research Associates. Walker has been ORA's Vice President of Software Development since 2001, managing both CODE V and LightTools research and development. More
SPIE Fellow Lihong Wang of Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), has been named the new editor of the Journal of Biomedical Optics, effective 1 January 2010. Wang will succeed founding editor Joseph Lakowicz and current editor Bruce Tromberg of the Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic. "Dr. Wang brings to the Journal of Biomedical Optics editorship a deep background in biomedical optics along with considerable experience as a journal editor, author, and reviewer," said Eric Pepper, SPIE Director of Publications. "SPIE is pleased to have a scientist of his stature continue the outstanding leadership tradition of the journal as we begin the next decade." Wang received his PhD from Rice University in Houston, Texas. He holds the Gene K. Beare Distinguished Professorship in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis. He has authored and co-authored two books, published more than 120 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals, and delivered more than 130 plenary, keynote, and invited talks. His work was also recently described in an Economist magazine article on photoacoustic tomography.
Alan Willner, professor of electrical engineering at the University of Southern California, has joined the GigOptix Advisory Board. Willner, who has co-authored a book on optical fiber communication systems, has 670 publications and 25 patents. More
Qioptiq's Andy Wood has been named chairman of the Michael Kidger Memorial Scholarship Committee. The $5000 scholarship in optical design will be presented to Dewen Cheng, a PhD candidate at Beijing Institute of Technology in August.
SEDOPTICA, the Spanish Optical Society, named SPIE President María Yzuel to its Socios de Honor, a status equivalent to Fellow.
- 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)
- Walter M. Gibson, 78, Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Physics at University at Albany (15 May)
- Francis T. Laurin, 92, president of Laurin Publishing (28 April)
- Arne Lindquist, 51, president of Optofabrik (2 April)
- Nick Philllips, a hologram physicist who established an imaging science group at De Montfort University (UK), which later became the Centre of Modern Optics (23 May) More
- 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 8 July 2009
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