Technical Conference:
14 – 19 May 2017
16 – 18 May 2017

Awards and Honors Presented at CLEO

The American Physical Society, IEEE Photonics Society and The Optical Society will present the following awards and honors during the conference plenary session on Wednesday, 17 May.  
IEEE Photonics Society The Optical Society

IEEE Photonics Society

IEEE Photonics Society Young Investigator Award
The IEEE Photonics Society Young Investigator Award was established to honor an individual who has made outstanding technical contributions to photonics prior to his or her 35th birthday. Funding for this award is sponsored by the IEEE Photonics Society. The award consists of a certificate of recognition and an honorarium.

Hannah J. JoyceUniversity of Cambridge, UK
For significant contributions to nanowire optoelectronics and terahertz spectroscopy.

Fellow Member Presentations

Robert W. Boyd, University of Ottawa, Canada
For contributions to the fields of nonlinear optics and photonics.
Holger Schmidt, University of California, Santa Cruz, USA
For contributions to optofluidics and integrated photonics.
Olav Solgaard, Stanford University, USA
For contributions to optical micro-electro-mechanical devices and systems for sensing, communications and displays.
Luc Thevenaz, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland
For contributions to Brillouin-based fiber-optic sensors.


The Optical Society (OSA)

Charles Hard Townes Award
This award was established in 1980 to honor Charles Hard Townes, whose pioneering contributions to masers and lasers led to the development of the field of quantum electronics. It is given to an individual or a group of individuals for outstanding experimental or theoretical work, discovery or invention in the field of quantum electronics.

Adolf Giesen, German Aerospace Center, Germany
For pioneering breakthroughs in the field of solid-state lasers by the invention of and fundamental contributions to thin disk lasers.

Nick Holonyak, Jr. Award
Established in 1997, this award honors Nick Holonyak Jr., who has made distinguished contributions to the field of optics through the development of semiconductor based light emitting diodes and semiconductor lasers. The award is presented to an individual who has made significant contributions to optics based on semiconductor-based optical devices and materials, including basic science and technological applications.  This award is endowed by SDL Ventures, LLC, and Donald and Carol Scifres. 

Larry A. Coldren, University of California Santa Barbara, USA
For major contributions to photonic integrated circuits.

R. W. Wood Prize
Established by OSA in 1975 to honor the many contributions that R.W. Wood made to optics, this award recognizes an outstanding discovery, scientific or technical achievement, or invention in the field of optics. The accomplishment for which the prize is given is measured chiefly by its impact on the field of optics generally, and therefore the contribution is one that opens a new era of research or significantly expands an established one.

Michal Lipson, Columbia University, USA
For pioneering research contributions in silicon photonics.

Fellow Member Presentations

Ayman F. Abouraddy, CREOL, University of Central Florida, USA
For pioneering contributions to the development of a new generation of multi-material optical fibers and to the study of optical imaging using entangled photon pairs.
Stefan Andersson-Engels, Tyndall National Institute, Ireland
For academic, clinical and entrepreneurial contributions in biomedical optics, including techniques for tissue diagnostics and photodynamic therapy.
Craig B. Arnold, Princeton University, USA
For significant contribution in the areas of laser materials processing and fabrication, with applications in nanotechnology, optoelectronics, sensing and energy.
Wengang (Wayne) Bi, Hebei University of Technology, China
For seminal contributions to research and development of photonic materials and device structures, and of their applications to display and solid-state lighting.
Gerald S. Buller, Heriot-Watt University, UK
For pioneering work in single-photon detection and applications of single-photon technology in three-dimensional imaging and quantum communications.
Adrian Carter, Nufern, Australia
For pioneering contributions to specialty optical fiber design, fabrication, and commercialization.
Victor L. Gamiz, US Air Force Research Laboratory, USA
For 41 years of outstanding research in optics; achievements in the areas of the world’s first demonstration of unconventional imaging using diversity of light; spearheading a national level effort to promote research in optical polarization for military applications.
Shekhar Guha, US Air Force Research Laboratory, USA
For original contributions in the areas of development and characterization of nonlinear optical materials for visible and infrared wavelengths.
Robert H Hadfield, University of Glasgow, UK
For pioneering contributions in the development of infrared superconducting single-photon detectors and advanced photon-counting applications.
Jeff Hecht, Hecht Associates, USA
For informing and educating professionals as well as the general public in the advances in optics and lasers.
Richard B Holmes, Boeing Company, USA
For contributions in the area of atmospheric and adaptive optics, imaging and remote sensing, and laser beam propagation through the atmosphere.
Wei Jin, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China
For outstanding and sustained contributions to the research, development and application of optical fiber sensor technology, particularly micro- and nano-structured fiber based devices and sensors.
Ajoy Kumar Kar, Heriot Watt University, UK
For application of nonlinear optics to the development of photonic devices by ultrafast laser inscription.  An extensive variety of devices developed include waveguide lasers, supercontinuum generators, Bragg gratings and sensors.
Manyalibo J. Matthews, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA
For outstanding contributions and sustained leadership in the field of high power laser-induced damage science, laser-material interactions and processing, and vibrational spectroscopy-based materials characterization.
Noureddine Melikechi, University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA
For pioneering scientific, technological and educational contributions to optics, including novel methodologies in laser induced breakdown spectroscopy for space exploration and cancer diagnosis.
Rajesh Menon, University of Utah, USA
For pioneering super-resolution optical lithography and innovations in metamaterials, nanophotonics, and micro-optics, with applications in photovoltaics, computational imaging, displays, color sensors, spectroscopy and silicon photonics.
Thomas E. Murphy, University of Maryland at College Park, USA
For sustained contributions to nonlinear, electro-optic, and ultrafast processes in nanoscale materials, integrated photonics, devices, and systems.
Jeffrey W Nicholson, OFS Laboratories, USA
For pioneering contributions to fiber modal property measurements and significant contributions to the development of high-power and ultrafast fiber lasers.
David E. Spence, Spectra-Physics, USA
For invention and demonstration of the self-modelocked Ti:sapphire laser and for significant and innovative contributions to the design of commercial scientific and industrial laser systems.
Xiao Wei Sun, Southern University of Science and Technology, China
For important contributions to the photonic materials and devices for display and lighting applications.
Zhiyi Wei, Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
For major contributions to ultrahigh intensity femtosecond lasers, carrier-envelope phase stable lasers, ultrafast nonlinear optics and the photonics community.
Shinji Yamashita, RCAST, University of Tokyo, Japan
For pioneering contributions to fiber lasers, including carbon nanotube and graphene photonics based ultrafast pulse generation and signal processing, and fast wavelength-swept dispersion-tuned lasers for optical coherent tomography.
Zhigang Zhang, Peking University, China
For many contributions to ultrafast laser technology such as broadband SESAMs improved grating mirror stretchers model, and high pulse repetition rate fiber lasers.


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