Nishant Mohan: The 2020 SPIE Early Career Achievement Award – Government/Industry Focus
Nishant Mohan has used technical ingenuity and a canny ability to solve real-world problems in developing contact lenses and Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) instrumentation to improve vision and eye health, impacting the well-being of millions of people around the world. His accomplishments include a critical role in creating a self-operating OCT device for home use which will use AI to manage age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness in the developed world.
Previously an optical engineer for Bausch + Lomb, Mohan is currently responsible for business strategy, new product development, product marketing, and products life-cycle management of the OCT division at Wasatch Photonics, a company that designs and produces instrumentation for OCT, Raman, and other spectroscopy techniques. At Wasatch, Mohan started a networking group for OCT research and industry professionals, an effort which has already generated new collaborations.
Mohan, an SPIE Senior Member, serves on three SPIE Standing Committees: Engineering, Science, and Technology; Membership and Communities; and Corporate and Exhibitor. In addition, he's been serving on the recently formed Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Ad-hoc committee since 2017. He also serves as a judge for the annual SPIE Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation and Industry, has facilitated SPIE student chapter workshops, and established the Boston University SPIE student chapter in 2009.
"Dr. Mohan has an already-impressive record regarding the development of innovative technologies," notes SPIE Fellow David Sampson, Vice-Provost of Research and Innovation at the University of Surrey. "He also contributes a broad commitment to the field of optics through social engagement and leadership. I have been involved with the field of optics and photonics for more than 30 years, serving in industry, academia, and with professional societies. I strongly believe that for continuous growth of our field, all three of these segments need to work together in a positive collaboration. What I find truly exceptional about Dr. Mohan's achievements is that he has contributed, at the highest level, in all three segments very early in his career."