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OSA Foundation Presents Awards and Travel Grants to Students for CLEO: 2014


10 June 2014

Lyndsay Meyer
CLEO: 2014

OSA Foundation Presents Awards and Travel Grants to Students for CLEO: 2014

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 10, 2014—The OSA Foundation this week announced the recipients of its student awards and travel grants related to CLEO: 2014, taking place this week at the San Jose Convention Center.  Fabian Langer of University of Regensburg, Germany was selected as the winner of the annual Maiman Outstanding Student Paper Competition, an OSA Foundation program supported by HRL Laboratories LLC, the IEEE Photonics Society and the APS Division of Laser Science that recognizes outstanding student research presented at CLEO each year.  Additionally, 10 students received travel grants to attend CLEO: 2014 as recipients of the Incubic/Milton Chang Student Travel Grants.
Maiman Competition
Langer won for his paper “CEP Control of Dynamical Bloch Oscillations in a Bulk Semiconductor via Ultra-Intense Multi-THz Fields.” The grand prize and two honorable mentions were presented today during the plenary and awards ceremony at CLEO: 2014. 965 submissions were reviewed and scored by the CLEO: 2014 technical program committee, which selected 28 semi-finalists. Six finalists were chosen by the CLEO: 2014 program and general co-chairs and presented their research in a private session yesterday. The presentations were judged based on innovation, research excellence and presentation ability.
Honorable mentions went to: 

  • Matthias Lauermann, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
    Paper: “16QAM Silicon-Organic Hybrid (SOH) Modulator Operating with 0.6 Vpp and 19 fJ/bit at 112 Gbit/s” 
  • Kevin O’Brien, University of California, Berkeley, United States
    Paper: “Phase Mismatch–Free Nonlinear Propagation in Optical Zero-Index Materials” 
 Langer will receive $3,000 USD. Lauermann and O’Brien will each receive a certificate.
The Maiman Outstanding Student Paper Competition honors American physicist Theodore Maiman for his invention of the first working laser, and his other outstanding contributions to optics and photonics. It recognizes student innovation and research excellence in the areas of laser technology and electro-optics. The award is endowed by a grant from HRL Laboratories LLC, the IEEE Photonics Society and the APS Division of Laser Science and is administered by The OSA Foundation.
Travel Grants
The OSA Foundation awarded Incubic/Milton Chang Student Travel Grants to 11 recipients from four countries who presented research papers this week at CLEO: 2014.
The Incubic/Milton Chang Travel Grant recipients are:

  • Chris Edwards, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
  • Guangcheng Gu, Clemson University, USA
  • Xuan He, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, USA
  • Hojoong Jung, Yale University, USA
  • Xin Li, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • Mohammad Ali Miri, University of Central Florida, USA
  • Bozhidar Oreshkov, Max Born Institute, Bulgaria
  • Antoine Runge, University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • Robert Woodward, Imperial College London, United Kingdom
  • Jingda Wu, University of Washington, USA
  • Xingyu Zhang, University of Texas at Austin, USA
The Incubic/Milton Chang Student Travel Grants, endowed by Milton and Rosalind Chang, annually provide 10 grants of $500 to enable students to present at CLEO, as well as 10 grants for OSA’s annual meeting, Frontiers in Optics. Students’ paper submissions, financial need and letters of recommendation are all considered during the selection process.
 About The OSA Foundation
The OSA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation established by The Optical Society (OSA) in 2002 to carry out charitable activities that support OSA’s mission of promoting the generation, application, archiving and worldwide dissemination of knowledge in optics and photonics. The foundation helps cultivate the next generation of leaders and innovators in the optics and photonics community as they move through advanced degree programs and become active members of research and engineering communities around the globe. To date, The OSA Foundation has awarded more than 800 grants, scholarships, and prizes benefiting thousands of individuals in more than 55 countries. For more information, visitwww.osa.org/foundation.

About CLEO
With a distinguished history as the industry's leading event on laser science, the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO) is the premier international forum for scientific and technical optics, uniting the fields of lasers and opto-electronics by bringing together all aspects of laser technology, from basic research to industry applications. CLEO: Expo showcases the latest products and applications from more than 300 participating companies from around the world, providing hands-on demonstrations of the latest market innovations and applications. The Expo also offers valuable on-floor programming, including Market Focus and the Technology Transfer program.

Managed by The Optical Society (OSA) and sponsored by the American Physical Society's (APS) Laser Science Division, IEEE Photonics Society and OSA, CLEO provides the full range of critical developments in the field, showcasing the most significant milestones from laboratory to marketplace. With an unparalleled breadth and depth of coverage, CLEO connects all of the critical vertical markets in lasers and electro-optics. For more information, visit the event website at www.cleoconference.org. CLEO: 2014 takes place June 8 - 13 at the San Jose Convention Center.

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