SPIE Awards

SPIE members win several awards including the Kinglake Medal, the SPIE Educator Award, and the SPIE Early Career Achievement Award.  

01 July 2011
Joseph Goodman receives Kingslake Medal

Joseph W. GoodmanSPIE has awarded the Rudolf Kingslake Medal and Prize to SPIE Fellow Joseph W. Goodman for his June 2010 paper on speckle properties in the Society's official journal, Optical Engineering.

The medal is awarded annually in recognition of the journal's most noteworthy original paper on theoretical or experimental aspects of optical engineering.

Goodman's paper is titled: "Some properties of speckle from smooth objects." It examines bright-field imaging, dark-field imaging, and single-sideband imaging, exploring symmetry properties of the Fourier spectrum of speckle from smooth objects and the effects these symmetries have on image speckle contrast.

The paper presents "novel theoretical and computational findings of symmetry properties of the Fourier-plane spectrum of speckle from smooth surfaces," says Eustace Dereniak, Kingslake Award Committee chair.

Goodman, professor emeritus from Stanford University (USA) and cofounder of Optivision and ONI Systems, has received numerous honors in optics, including the SPIE Gold Medal in 2007. He has also authored hundreds of research papers and several books on optics.

Goodman is the author of the 2009 book, Speckle Phenomena in Optics, which provides a comprehensive discussion of the statistical properties of speckle as applied in astronomy, projection displays, lithography, metrology and other applications.

He and his wife Hon Mai Goodman fund the Joseph Goodman Book Writing Award, which will be next awarded in 2012.

He will receive the Kingslake Medal and Prize at SPIE Optics and Photonics in August where a special tribute conference is also being organized to honor him. 

The prize includes a $2,000 honorarium.

Read Goodman's paper, which is open access in the SPIE Digital Library, along with other papers that have received the Rudolf Kingslake Medal in past years. 

ALOP team wins 2011 SPIE Educator Award
Professionals bring light through hands-on training

The Active Learning in Optics and Photonics team (ALOP) has won the 2011 SPIE Educator Award in recognition of the team's achievements in bringing basic optics and photonics training to teachers in the developing world.

Under the auspices of UNESCO, the ALOP team has literally brought light to hundreds of physics teachers in developing nations through hands-on optics and photonics workshops, inspiring a new generation of scientists in those nations.

The ALOP team is made up of faculty from universities around the world, and it collaboratively develops learning modules, hands-on activities, and workshop materials. Since the program's launch in 2003, the ALOP team has presented 13 workshops, with support from SPIE, UNESCO, the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), and other organizations.

Each member of the ALOP team is an outstanding and innovative educator, able to transfer knowledge to people from different cultures and to induce students to learn from their own experience and analysis of their own observations.

Those recognized with the SPIE Educator Award are:

• SPIE member Minella Alarcon, formerly with UNESCO, Philippines

• SPIE Fellow Zohra Ben-Lakhdar, University El Manaur, Tunisia

Ivan Culaba, Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines

• SPIE member Vasudevan Lakshminarayan, University of Waterloo, Canada

Joel Maquiling, Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines

Alex Mazzolini, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

Joseph Niemela, ICTP, Italy

David Sokoloff, University of Oregon, USA


The active-learning workshops train high-school and introductory-level university physics teachers in developing countries utilizing simple, locally available materials. Afterward, participants are encouraged to organize workshops to train more teachers in their regions, as well as to teach the optics and photonics lessons in their classrooms.

"Young people in developing countries often do not have access to education beyond the primary grades, and when they do their science education may be greatly hampered by lack of equipment and computer technology," says María Yzuel, SPIE Past President and professor of physics at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

"ALOP's hands-on approach makes science much more accessible to the people of developing nations," she adds. "Since science education has been shown to be a critical component of a nation's economic development, the ALOP team has been providing an important first step in helping the people in these countries work towards economic independence."

Alarcon, formerly the UNESCO program specialist responsible for ALOP, says ALOP has been particularly successful in Morocco where local follow-up trainings have been held for more than 1000 teachers.

The annual SPIE Educator Award is given in recognition of outstanding contributions to optics education by SPIE instructors or educators in optics and photonics. It includes a $2,000 honorarium.

The next proposed ALOP workshops will be hosted by the National University of Rwanda and Kigali Institute of Science and Technology in Rwanda in November. The Department of Natural Sciences, School of Science at Kathmandu University in Dhulikhel has proposed hosting ALOP in Nepal in December.

Niemela from ICTP will assist UNESCO with the coordination of the 2011 ALOP workshops.

Brian Thompson wins Vikram award

Brian ThompsonSPIE Fellow and past SPIE President Brian Thompson, provost emeritus at the University of Rochester (USA), is the 2011 recipient of the Chandra S. Vikram Award in Optical Metrology.

Thompson has been a pioneering researcher in the fields of coherent optics, holography, phase microscopy, and image processing, and the award recognizes his efforts to engender the development of dynamic particle size analysis.

"Dynamic particle size analysis, now widely used, was the first direct application of holography; it emerged directly from Thompson's work," says Akhlesh Lakhtakia of Pennsylvania State University. "He set the standard for experimental research on partially coherent light and its effects."

Thompson will receive a $2,000 honorarium with the award.

The Vikram Award was established in memory of the expert in holography and speckle metrology who died in 2007. Previous winners include Charles Vest, president of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, and SPIE Fellow James Wyant.

A.E. Conrady Award

Alan GreynoldsAlan W. Greynolds, chief scientist at Ruda-Cardinal, Inc. (USA), is the 2011 recipient of the A.E. Conrady Award. The award recognizes his significant advancements in the art of optical-design software including the introduction of nonsequential ray tracing, ray splitting, Gaussian beam decomposition, coherent propagation, polarization propagation, and straylight analysis.

"Al Greynolds has introduced several revolutionary concepts now commonly used in the modeling and analysis of optical systems," says SPIE Fellow H. Philip Stahl, senior optical physicist at NASA. "Al's pioneering work developing the ASAP software is now a fundamental part of all commercial software used for modeling stray light and illumination systems."

Dennis Gabor Award

Wofgang OstenSPIE Fellow Wolfgang Osten, professor at University of Stuttgart (Germany), is the 2011 winner of the Dennis Gabor Award for his outstanding contributions to the development of holography-based technologies for measurements on large, micro and nano-structures.

"Osten has been a prolific researcher and author across a wide sweep of analysis, technique-development, and application of optical metrology, most of which is ultimately based on the fundamental techniques that Gabor and Leith developed long before digital processing was feasible," says Charles Vest, president of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering. "There is no question that he has been a well-recognized and respected scientific/technical leader."

George W. Goddard Award

James H. ChurnsideSPIE member James H. Churnside, physicist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (USA), is the 2011 recipient of the George W. Goddard Award in recognition of developing and advancing the airborne fish lidar technique, and for wide-ranging contributions to optical propagation in the atmosphere and ocean.

"Churnside pioneered the airborne fish lidar technique for dramatically improving fisheries science and resource management," says Joseph Shaw, professor and director of the Optical Technology Center at Montana State University. "He developed and applied a variety of theories and models that have had significant impact in the fisheries, oceanography, and air-sea boundary layer communities."

Harold E. Edgerton Award

Daniel James KaneDaniel James Kane, founder of Mesa Photonics (USA), is the 2011 winner of the Harold E. Edgerton Award. The award recognizes his contributions to the characterization and application of ultrashort light pulses, including the realization of time-domain retrieval of amplitude and phase using frequency-resolved optical gating (FROG).

"Dan has brought about a revolution in high-speed measurements in the area of ultrafast optics," says Randy Bartels, Monfort Professor in the departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Colorado State University. "FROG is the most accurate and reliable technique for measuring ultrafast laser pulses. Dan's work has profoundly impacted optical science and high-speed, precision ultrafast optical measurements."

G.G. Stokes Award

Johannes Fitzgerald de BoerSPIE member Johannes Fitzgerald de Boer, VU University professor and head of Imaging Research at Rotterdam Ophthalmic Institute (Netherlands), is the 2011 recipient of the G.G. Stokes Award for his contributions to the development of polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography as a means for quantitatively assessing the depth-resolved birefringence of biological tissues, especially in ophthalmology.

"Johannes' contributions to technology development, mathematical models, and clinical applications using polarization sensitive OCT are innovative and exciting," says Bruce Tromberg, director of the Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic (USA). "His work has led to a deeper understanding of polarization effects in biological tissues and has accelerated the development of advanced instrumentation for depth-resolved quantitative measurements."

Early career award for Aydogan Ozcan

UCLA's Aydogan Ozcan is the 2011 recipient of the SPIE Early Career Achievement Award in recognition of his pioneering contributions to non-destructive nonlinear material characterization techniques, nearfield and on-chip imaging, and diagnostic systems.

 Aydogan Ozcan (right) receives the 2011 SPIE Early Career Achievement Award from SPIE President-Elect Eustace Dereniak in April at SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing.
Aydogan Ozcan (right) receives the 2011 SPIE Early Career Achievement Award from SPIE President-Elect Eustace Dereniak in April at SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing. He will be a keynote speaker at the SPIE Student Chapter Leadership Workshop at SPIE Optics and Photonics in August.

Ozcan, an SPIE member and associate professor of electrical engineering at UCLA, is the developer of a lensless, on-chip imaging device that can plug into a cellphone or laptop. The so-called lab-on-a-cellphone has received numerous awards.

The miniature microscope builds on imaging technology known as LUCAS (Lensless Ultra-wide-field Cell Monitoring Array platform based on Shadow imaging), which Ozcan previously developed. The lensless device generates holographic images of microparticles or cells by illuminating objects with an LED and capturing their images with a digital sensor array.

His group has also developed a matchbox-sized device that attaches to a cellphone and converts the camera into a fluorescent microscope. Both devices could serve as vital telemedicine tools in developing areas of the world where conventional health-care services are limited.

And earlier this year, his research group demonstrated the first lens-free optical tomographic imaging-on-a-chip system, a technique capable of producing high-resolution 3D images of large volumes of microscopic objects. The imaging system fits in the palm of a hand.

Ozcan received his PhD at Stanford University in 2005 and has been at UCLA since 2007 where he currently leads the Bio- and Nano-Photonics Lab. He holds 17 patents and several pending patent applications for his inventions in nanoscopy, wide-field imaging, nonlinear optics, fiber optics, and optical coherence tomography.

Ozcan has received the 2008 Okawa Foundation Research Award, a TR35 award from MIT in 2009, and many other honors.

The SPIE Early Career Achievement Award is an annual honor to an SPIE member whose highest earned degree has been awarded within seven years of the date of nomination.

James Coleman honored for technology achievement

James J. ColemanSPIE member James J. Coleman of the University of Illinois, Urbana (USA), is the 2011 recipient of the SPIE Technology Achievement Award in recognition of his pioneering contributions to the methods, designs, and demonstrations of selectively grown, discrete, and monolithically integrated compound-semiconductor lasers and photonic devices.

Coleman is President of IEEE Photonics Society and holds the Intel Alumni Endowed Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Illinois where he is director of the Semiconductor Laser Lab and professor of materials science and engineering. He and his students have pioneered the development of a new class of semiconductor lasers and photonic devices grown by metal-organic-chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD).

Coleman's achievements have been marked by thorough science, innovative design, and bold experimentation. His work to demonstrate the use of strained-layer materials in semiconductor lasers for optical fiber pumps resulted in a global expansion of fiber-optic systems and has had a huge impact on communications technologies.

Coleman and his students have been at the forefront of an approach involving selective area growth (SAG) of materials on which the fundamental properties of materials can be adjusted in local areas of a wafer by masking epitaxial deposition in specific regions to enhance deposition in other regions. The technique is now widely used for integration of various optoelectronics components onto a single chip. Virtually all lasers used in today's printers as well as CD and DVD players/recorders make use of strained layers in the active region.

"He undertook counterintuitive research to demonstrate that it was possible to fabricate high-performance and long-lived lasers from strained-layer materials in the face of the widespread belief that such materials would result in unreliable devices," says Joe C. Campbell of the University of Virginia.

"In demonstrating that these devices were more reliable than lasers with unstrained active regions, this work not only enabled the development of pumps for erbium-doped fiber amplifiers but also accelerated research into the application of strained layer active regions in semiconductor lasers, a concept that now permeates the design of high performance lasers at most wavelengths," Campbell says. "Coleman's role in these events was essential and pivotal."

The SPIE Technology Achievement Award is an annual award with an honorarium of $2,000.

Andrew Neureuther gets Zernike award

Microlithography expert Andrew R. Neureuther, who pioneered computer-aided modeling of semiconductor processing, is the winner of the 2011 Frits Zernike Award. The University of California, Berkeley (USA), professor emeritus is being honored by SPIE for his work in lithography physics for semiconductor manufacturing, including electromagnetic scattering, optical imaging, resist profile evolution, defect printability, and phase-sifting masks for precision instruments.

 Neureuther, at right, accepts his award from SPIE Advanced Lithography Chair Donis Flagello.
Neureuther, at right, accepts his award from SPIE Advanced Lithography Chair Donis Flagello.

Neureuther, an SPIE member, accepted his award at SPIE Advanced Lithography earlier this year where he has given numerous talks and papers over the years.

His work includes models for chemically amplified imaging materials (STORM); simulation of optical, electron, ion beam, and x-ray lithography (SAMPLE); assessment of residual effects of defects and lens aberrations (SPLAT); electromagnetic scattering (TEMPEST); time-evolution of topography (SAMPLE3D); environments for integrating simulators with process flow (SIMPL); and remote web-based simulation (LAVA).

Neureuther was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1995 for his research and teaching in computer-aided modeling of semiconductor processing. ASML and Cymer sponsor the $2,000 honorarium that Neureuther receives with the award.

U.S. Arthur Guenther Congressional Fellow Selected

Anthony (TJ) AugustineSPIE and the Optical Society (OSA) have selected Anthony (TJ) Augustine, who helped develop and implement a new science and technology policy concentration at Stanford University, to serve as the Arthur H. Guenther Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow for 2011-2012.

Augustine recently completed his master's degree in public policy at Stanford where he also was granted a PhD in chemistry. His research, using spectroscopic methods to study the mechanism of dioxygen reduction to water by the multicopper oxidase family of enzymes, has applications in biomedicine and in the development of more efficient fuel cells.

Augustine will serve a one-year term working as special legislative assistant to a member of the U.S. Congress or congressional committee.

Nominate a Colleague for an SPIE Award 

SPIE presents several yearly awards that recognize outstanding individual and team technical accomplishments and meritorious service to the Society.

In addition to the awards listed in this issue (including the Gold Medal Award to Harrison Barrett), a new award honoring SPIE Fellow and biomedical optics pioneer Britton Chance, who died in November, will be presented in 2012.

The first Britton Chance Biomedical Optics Award will be presented at SPIE Photonics West in January.

Nominations for most SPIE awards may be made through 1 October and are considered active for three years from the submission date.

Visit spie.org/awards for more information.

Call for nominations for SPIE Fellow

image: Nominate an SPIE FellowDo you know an SPIE member who has made considerable technical and scientific contributions in optics, photonics, optoelectronics, and imaging and who is not yet an SPIE Fellow?

Nominate your colleague, mentor, or student by 15 September at spie.org/fellows.

"The annual recognition of Fellows provides an opportunity for us to acknowledge SPIE members for their outstanding technical achievements and service to SPIE and the general optics community," says SPIE President Katarina Svanberg.

More than 900 SPIE members from academia and industry have become Fellows since the Society's inception in 1955.

Both regular members and Fellow members in good standing may nominate individuals as candidates for promotion to SPIE Fellow. After receiving letters of recommendation and other supporting materials by 15 September, the SPIE Fellows Committee will evaluate and recommend a class of SPIE members for promotion to Fellow.

If a nominee is not chosen as a Fellow the first time he or she is nominated, the application will remain active for the next two years.

More information: SPIE.org/fellows

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