Deadline Nears for Entries for Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation

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A panel of international experts will judge entries submitted by the end of this month for the 2012-13 Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation. The competition recognizes new products and inventions that break with conventional ideas, solve problems, and improve life through the generation and application of the essential technologies of optics and photonics. SPIE and Photonics Media sponsor the annual awards.

Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation

The annual Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation honor new technology and product inventions from the optics and photonics industry.

Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation boost visibility and credibility for companies with the most creative product inventions.

The entry deadline is fast approaching for the prestigious 2012-13 Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation. The international competition honors new technology and product inventions from the multi-billion dollar optics and photonics industry, and is sponsored by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, and Photonics Media.

The Prism Awards boost visibility and credibility for companies with the most creative product inventions annually. Products that have been sold, delivered, or launched between 1 January 2012 and 31 December 2012 are eligible. Companies may enter one product for multiple categories or multiple products in separate categories. Entries are being accepted through the end of September.
Categories include:

  •     Defense and Security
  •     Detectors, Sensing, Imaging, and Cameras
  •     Green Photonics/Sustainable Energy
  •     Industrial Lasers
  •     Information and Communication
  •     LEDs and Other Light Sources
  •     Life Sciences and Biophotonics
  •     Manufacturing
  •     Optics and Optical Components
  •     Scientific Lasers
  •     Test, Measurement, Metrology.

Finalists will be announced in November. Winners will be announced 6 February at a gala banquet held during SPIE Photonics West in San Francisco.

The competition is judged by an independent panel of industry experts including innovators from top companies, leaders in academia, business developers, previous award winners, financial experts, and much more. The 2012-13 judges are:

  •     David Andrews, University of East Anglia
  •     Joel Bagwell, Edmund Optics
  •     Mark Bendett, Lockheed Martin Aculight
  •     Michael Bove, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  •     Wellington Chadehumbe, Venture Capital (Pty) Ltd.
  •     Brian Culshaw, University of Strathclyde
  •     Marta de la Fuente, Indra Sistemas SA
  •     Donal Denvir, Andor Technology
  •     John Dexheimer, Private Equity Investing
  •     Jason Eichenholz, Ocean Optics Inc.
  •     Joseph Gortych, OPTICUS IP LAW PLLC
  •     David Hardwick, Consultant
  •     Randy Heyler, Ondax, Inc.
  •     Marc Himel, Jenoptik Optical Systems
  •     Ray Johnson, Lockheed Martin Corporation
  •     Wilhelm Kaenders, TOPTICA Photonics
  •     Kenneth Kaufmann, Hamamatsu
  •     Michael Lebby, Translucent Inc.
  •     Robert Lee, Intellectual Ventures
  •     Robert Lieberman, Intelligent Optical Systems Inc.
  •     Paul McManamon, Consultant and University of Dayton
  •     Marc Nantel, Research and Innovation at Niagara College
  •     Jim Pearson, University of Central Florida
  •     John Pelligrino, U.S. Army Research Laboratory
  •     Jennifer Ricklin, Air Force Research Laboratory
  •     Ryszard Romaniuk, Warsaw University of Technology
  •     Laura Smoliar, Peppertree Engineering Inc.
  •     Ferechteh Hosseini Teherani, Nanovation
  •     Alastair Wilson, Photonics of ESP KTN.

About SPIE

SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. The Society serves nearly 225,000 constituents from approximately 150 countries, offering conferences, continuing education, books, journals, and a digital library in support of interdisciplinary information exchange, professional growth, and patent precedent. SPIE provided over $2.7 million in support of education and outreach programs in 2011.

About Photonics Media

Photonics Media, a brand of Pittsfield, Mass.-based Laurin Publishing Co. Inc., publishes Photonics Spectra, BioPhotonics, EuroPhotonics, Photonics Buyers’ Guide and With a collective subscriber base of more than 150,000 worldwide and more than 4 million unique website visits per year, Laurin Publishing’s Photonics Media products and publications lead the photonics industry with editorial excellence and integrity ― fostering a tradition of innovation and progress by sharing knowledge, insights and visions for the future.

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