SPIE Directors’ Award

Bjørn Andresen of Acktar receives the 2013 SPIE Directors’ Award.

01 October 2013

Photo of Bjorn AndresenSPIE member Bjørn F. Andresen, senior physicist at Acktar (Israel) has received the SPIE Directors’ Award for his many years of service to SPIE, particularly for organizing and developing the Infrared Technology and Applications (IRT&A) conference, part of SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing (DSS).

The Directors’ Award is presented annually to an individual who, according to the Board of Directors, has rendered a significant service of outstanding benefit to the Society.

In 1986, the late Irving J. Spiro, who created the IRT&A conference in 1975, traveled to Israel to give a course on IR technologies and applications, where he met Andresen. Spiro invited Andresen to organize and chair a session titled, “Infrared in Israel” at the IRT&A conference the following year. Andresen joined the IRT&A conference as a committee member and session chair until 1991, when he became conference chair.

In 1993, Andresen separated spaceborne applications from the IRT&A conference and co-chaired the “Infrared Spaceborne Remote Sensing” conferences over the next 10 years. He has also served as adviser for IR courses at DSS.

“Since its inception, the SPIE Infrared Technology and Applications conference has brought together thousands of outstanding scholars from throughout the globe to present a broad range of topics covering aspects of infrared technology,” says SPIE Past President Eustace Dereniak.

“The success of the conference can be directly attributed to Bjørn F. Andresen, who has worked tirelessly to organize and implement a first-class conference featuring worldwide, state-of-the-art science and research. He has put together a premiere array of talks by a wide variety of leading experts in the field.”

Andresen leads an Acktar team attempting to quantify the improved system performance of Acktar’s black coatings for stray light elimination over the full UV to LWIR spectrum.

The award was presented by SPIE President William Arnold in August at SPIE Optics + Photonics in San Diego.

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