SPIE Announces 2012 Award Winners

SPIE presents several yearly awards that recognize outstanding individual and team technical accomplishments and meritorious service to the Society. SPIE urges you to nominate a colleague for his or her outstanding achievements.

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BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA (PRWEB) July 12, 2012

Each year SPIE recognizes outstanding achievements through its awards program. The Awards Committee is pleased to announce the 2012 SPIE Award recipients.

Gold Medal of the Society
Daniel Malacara Hernández, Centro de Investigaciones en Optica, A.C. Leon Gto, Mexico, is the 2012 recipient of the Gold Medal Award in recognition of his significant contributions to the field of optics through his research, his books, and the establishment of Institutes in Mexico devoted to teaching and research in optics.

The Gold Medal of the Society is the highest honor that the SPIE bestows. Beginning in 1977, it has been awarded annually in recognition of outstanding engineering or scientific accomplishments in optics, electro-optics, or photographic technologies or applications. The recipient(s) shall have made an exceptional contribution to the advancement of relevant technology.

Britton Chance Biomedical Optics Award
Robert A. Alfano, The City College of the City University of New York, New York, NY, USA, is the inaugural recipient of the Briton Chance Biomedical Optics Award. Conferred in 2012, this award is presented in recognition of his pioneering work in the biomedical optics field, in addition to his outstanding track record of achievements in the development of biomedical instruments, especially supercontinuum and broadband laser sources.

The Britton Chance Biomedical Optics Award is presented annually in recognition of outstanding contributions to the field of biomedical optics through the development of innovative, high impact technologies. The award particularly honors pioneering contributions to optical methods and devices that have significant promise to accelerate or have already facilitated advances in biology or medicine. The award targets achievements that span disciplines and may include elements of basic research, technology development, and clinical translation.

Harold E. Edgerton Award
Luke Lester, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, USA, is the 2012 recipient of the Harold E. Edgerton Award in recognition of his pioneering contributions to the development, characterization and integration of quantum dot mode-locked lasers as high-speed optical sources.

The Harold E. Edgerton Award is presented annually for outstanding contributions to optical or photonic techniques in the application and understanding of high speed physical phenomena. The development of new technologies and the new application of existing technologies shall be considered in the determination of the award.

Dennis Gabor Award
Yeshaiahu Fainman, University of California, La Jolla, California, USA, is the 2012 winner of the Dennis Gabor award in recognition of outstanding contributions and novel applications of ultrafast pulses and nanophotonics in information processing systems.

The Dennis Gabor award is presented annually in recognition of outstanding accomplishments in diffractive wavefront technologies, especially those which further the development of holography and metrology applications.

George W. Goddard Award
William J. Borucki, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California, USA, is the 2012 recipient of the George W. Goddard Award in honor of 25 years of design and development of high-precision transit photometry techniques that enabled NASA's Kepler mission to revolutionize our knowledge about the frequency and distribution of extrasolar terrestrial planets.

The George W. Goddard Award is presented annually in recognition of exceptional achievement in optical or photonic instrumentation for aerospace, atmospheric science, or astronomy. The award is for the invention and development of a new technique, photonic instrumentation, instrument, or system.

G.G. Stokes Award
Jan Olof Stenflo, ETH Zurich, Institute of Astronomy, Zurich, Switzerland, is the 2012 recipient of the G.G. Stokes Award in recognition of his wide-ranging and fundamental work on both the measurement and theory of polarized radiation, which has revolutionized our understanding of the sun's magnetic field, the quantity underlying all solar activity.

The G.G. Stokes Award is given annually for exceptional contribution to the field of optical polarization. The award may be presented for a specific achievement, development, or invention of significant importance to optical science and society, or may be given for lifetime achievement.

Chandra S. Vikram Award in Optical Metrology
Hans Tiziani, Berneck, Switzerland, is the 2012 recipient of the Chandra S. Vikram Award in recognition of his lifetime achievements in optical metrology and optical testing; his pioneering contributions to the field of high-precision microscopic surface and 3-D measurement and multisensor techniques; his work in deformation- and vibration analysis using double pulse techniques in digital holography; and his advances in heterodyne temporal speckle-pattern interferometry.

The Chandra S. Vikram Award in Optical Metrology is given annually for exceptional contribution to the field of optical metrology. The award may be presented for a specific achievement, development, or invention of significant importance to optical metrology, or may be given for lifetime achievement.

Frits Zernike Award in Microlithography
John H. Bruning, Pitsford, NY, USA, is the 2012 recipient of the Frits Zernike Award for Microlithography in recognition of his vision and its realization in deep-uv excimer projection lithography, phase-measuring interferometry, die-to-die mask inspection, as well as executive contribution in world-leadership production of specialty precision optical systems and specialized metrology instrumentation for the microelectronics, automotive, and optics industries.

The Frits Zernike Award is given for outstanding accomplishments in microlithographic technology, especially those furthering the development of semiconductor lithographic imaging solutions.

SPIE Early Career Achievement Award
Andrea Alù, University of Texas at Austin, Texas, USA, is the 2012 recipient of the Early Career Achievement Award in recognition of his pioneering contributions to optical metamaterials and plasmonic phenomena.

The SPIE Early Career Achievement Award is given for the first time in 2008, to an early career professional in recognition of significant and innovative technical contributions to any of the engineering or scientific fields of interests to SPIE.

SPIE Educator Award
Wei R. Chen, University of Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma, USA is the 2012 Educator Award winner in recognition of his efforts to teach students not only the textbook subjects but also how to think and how to approach real-life problems; for inspiring students to be life-long learners; for encouraging students to contribute to society; and for promoting interdisciplinary learning in biomedical optics through research in laser cancer treatment.

The SPIE Educator Award is presented annually in recognition of outstanding contributions to optics education by an SPIE instructor or an educator in the field.

SPIE Technology Achievement Award
The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), of the Australian Center for Precision Optics, Linfield, Australia, is the 2012 recipient of the Technology Achievement award in recognition of the CSIRO ACPO team’s world-leading expertise in optical fabrication, metrology and coating, which has contributed to science and technology in many international projects over more than thirty years.

The SPIE Technology Achievement award is awarded annually to recognize outstanding technical accomplishment in optics, electro-optics, photonic engineering, or imaging. The recipient(s) shall have contributed significantly to the advancement of one or more of these areas with specific demonstration(s) or application(s).

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SPIE presents several yearly awards that recognize outstanding individual and team technical accomplishments and meritorious service to the Society. SPIE urges you to nominate a colleague for his or her outstanding achievements. Nominations may be made through October 1 of any given year and are considered active for three years from the submission date. Visit SPIE.org/x1164.xml for instructions and nomination forms.

SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, was founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. Serving more than 180,000 constituents from 168 countries, the Society advances emerging technologies through interdisciplinary information exchange, continuing education, publications, patent precedent and career and professional growth. SPIE annually organizes and sponsors approximately 25 major technical forums, exhibitions and education programs in North America, Europe, Asia and the South Pacific, and supports scholarships, grants and other education programs around the world.


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