President's Award Goes to Sensor Expert Robert Lieberman
This year's SPIE President's Award was presented to SPIE Fellow Robert A. Lieberman, president and CTO of Intelligent Optical Systems, Inc, and a leading authority on biological, physical and chemical sensors. The President's Award is given to an individual who has rendered a unique and meritorious service of outstanding benefit to the Society.
Lieberman received the award in recognition of his distinguished service and extraordinary leadership in building Optics East into one of the premier events for the scientific community and for his dedication to conference quality, particularly with transitioning Optics East conferences to the SPIE Defense+Security Symposium.
Lieberman, who has chaired more than 25 sensor conferences, has served on the boards of SPIE, Optech, OptiSense LLC, and Optical Security Sensing LLC. He has written more than 50 publications and holds 28 U.S. patents.
Rutgers' James Harrington Receives SPIE Director's Award
Former SPIE president James A. Harrington has received the 2008 SPIE Directors' Award in recognition of his remarkable dedication to SPIE, his valuable service on the Board of Directors and several SPIE committees, and his commitment to the growth and integrity of SPIE.
Harrington is an SPIE Fellow and professor of Ceramic Science & Engineering, Fiber Optic Materials Research Program, at Rutgers University, NJ, who was recently elected treasurer of the International Commission for Optics and is active on the Engineering, Science & Technology Policy Committee and other SPIE committees.
Emil Wolf Honored With Joseph W. Goodman Book Writing Award
The 2008 Joseph W. Goodman Book Writing Award recipient is Emil Wolf, for his book, Introduction to the Theory of Coherence and Polarization of Light. Wolf's book, published in October 2007 by Cambridge University Press, is the first to provide a unified treatment of the phenomena of coherence and polarization.
Wolf is Wilson Professor of Optical Physics at the University of Rochester, NY, and is world-renowned for his work in physical optics. He is also the co-author of one of the most cited science books of the 20th century, Principles of Optics.
The Joseph W. Goodman Book Writing Award is funded by J. W. and H. M. Goodman and recognizes authorship of an outstanding book published in the last six years in the field of optics and photonics. The biennial award is co-sponsored by SPIE and OSA.
French Researchers Awarded Rudolf Kingslake Medal and Prize
A group of French researchers has won the 2007 Rudolf Kingslake Medal and Prize, a SPIE annual award for the most noteworthy paper to appear in the SPIE journal Optical Engineering on the theoretical or experimental aspects of optical engineering. Award winners receive a citation and honorarium of $2,000.
Monique Thual, Damien Malarde, Benoit Abhervé-Guégen, and Philippe Rochard of the Université de Rennes 1, Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Sciences Appliquées et de Technologie, Centre Commun Lannionnais d'Optique, Laboratoire d'Optronique, and Philippe Chanclou of France Télécom Division R&D will share the prize for their paper, "Truncated Gaussian beams through micro-lenses based on a graded index section." The January 2007 paper describes a simple and low-cost microlens for optical communication systems involving the coupling of laser diodes or integrated waveguides to single-mode fibers and fiber-to-fiber interconnection.
Receiving an honorable mention were Alexander S. Koujelev and Alexander E. Dudelzak of the Canadian Space Agency, for their February 2007 paper, "Double phase conjugation in a liquid crystal at 1.5 µm for optical beam tracking."