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Michael Kidger Memorial Scholarship in Optical Design

The Michael Kidger Memorial Scholarship was established in 1998 to honor Michael John Kidger, a well-respected educator, design software developer and member of the optical science and engineering community. This scholarship is awarded to a student engaged in optical design of either imaging or non-imaging systems.

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2018 Michael Kidger Memorial Scholarship Award Winner

Caleb D. Gannon, a PhD student attending the University of Arizona, College of Optical Sciences (USA), has been awarded the 2018 Michael Kidger Memorial Scholarship in Optical Design . Caleb received a BS in Engineering Physics from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in 2015 where he was honored as the Most Outstanding Engineering Physics Student in the graduating class of 2015. Caleb entered the PhD program at the College of Optical Sciences, University of Arizona in fall 2015. He is currently in his third year of the PhD program at the College of Optical Sciences working with Professor Rongguang Liang, a SPIE fellow and Associate Editor of Optica. Professor Liang comments on Caleb's future: "His PhD research on optical design with deep learning will have a huge impact on future optical design."

 

2017 Michael Kidger Memorial Scholarship Award Winner

Jonathan Papa, Univ. of Rochester, awarded the 2017 Michael Kidger Memorial Scholarship in Optical Design by Andy Wood, Chair of the Kidger Scholarship Committee during the International Optical Design Conference in Denver, Colorado. Papa received his BS in Physics, Magna Cum Laude, with Highest Distinction, and a BS in Optical Engineering, Magna Cum Laude, with Highest Distinction from the University of Rochester in May 2014. Papa is currently a third-year PhD candidate in the Institute of Optics, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the Univ. of Rochester (USA) working with Prof. Jannick Rolland, Brian J. Thompson Professor of Optical Engineering.