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Michael Kidger Memorial Scholarship in Optical Design

The $5,000 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 including lens design, illumination design, and computational optical design. 

The 2022 Michael Kidger Memorial Scholarship application is now open - deadline 31 March 2022 . For more information please visit here.

2021 Michael Kidger Memorial Scholarship Award Winner

Geoffroi Côté, Université Laval (Canada), has been awarded the 2021 Michael Kidger Memorial Scholarship in Optical Design. Geoffroi received an undergraduate degree in engineering physics from Université Laval in 2017. In 2017 he was awarded first place for Innovative Design in the Quebec Engineering Competition (Rimouski). Geoffroi entered the PhD program at Université Laval on a 'Fast Track' following the award of a Master's degree in 2019. He is currently in his second year of the program under the tutelage of SPIE Fellow Simon Thibault.

 

2020 Michael Kidger Memorial Scholarship Award Winner

Brandon Hellman, James C. Wyant College of Optical Sciences, University of Arizona (United States) has been awarded the 2020 Michael Kidger Memorial Scholarship in Optical Design. Brandon received a BS in Optical Sciences and Engineering from the Wyant College of Optical Sciences as the Outstanding Senior, Summa Cum Laude, in 2015. He is currently a fifth year PhD candidate at the James C. Wyant College of Optical Sciences under the guidance of Professor Yuzuru Takashima.

 

2019 Michael Kidger Memorial Scholarship Award Winner

Nicholas Takaki, a fourth-year PhD student at The Institute of Optics, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, University of Rochester (USA), has been awarded the 2019 Michael Kidger Memorial Scholarship in Optical Design. Currently, Nicholas is working with Professor Jannick Rolland, the Brian J. Thompson Professor of Optical Engineering. Nicholas received simultaneously a BS and MS in applied and computational mathematics from Carnegie Mellon University (USA) with honors in August 2015.

 

2018 Michael Kidger Memorial Scholarship Award Winner

Caleb D. Gannon, a PhD student attending the University of Arizona, College of Optical Sciences (USA), was 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 working with Professor Rongguang Liang, an SPIE Fellow and associate editor of Optica. Professor Liang commented on Caleb's future: "His PhD research on optical design with deep learning will have a huge impact on future optical design."