Please join us in congratulating the recipients of OSA’s prestigious awards and medals. These honorees have made outstanding contributions to science, research, engineering, education, industry and society.

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Frederic Ives Medal/Jarus W. Quinn Prize

The highest award conferred by OSA, for overall distinction in optics

Ursula Keller

ETH Zürich, Switzerland For fundamental contributions to ultrafast lasers technology, especially in the development of high peak and average power oscillators and important breakthroughs in attosecond science

Ursula Keller received a physics “Diplom” from ETH Zürich, Switzerland, and a Ph.D. in applied physics from Stanford University, USA. A tenured professor of physics at ETH Zürich, she currently serves as a director of the National Center of Competence in Research Molecular Ultrafast Science and Technology (NCCR MUST), an interdisciplinary research program launched by the Swiss National Science Foundation to bring together Swiss research groups working in ultrafast science across the fields of physics, chemistry and biology.

Before joining ETH, Keller was a member of the technical staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories, USA. She is the only individual to receive OSA’s Frederic Ives Medal/Jarus W. Quinn Prize, Charles H. Townes Award and Joseph Fraunhofer Award/Robert M. Burley Prize. She is a Fellow of OSA, SPIE, IEEE, the European Physical Society and the International Academy of Photonics and Laser Engineering, and a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Academy Leopoldina and Swiss Academy of Technical Sciences. She has served the community through work on international advisory boards and conference committees, editorial boards and association boards, including the OSA Board of Directors.

Keller’s research interests include exploring and pushing the frontiers in ultrafast science and technology. She invented the semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SESAM), which enabled passive mode-locking of diode-pumped solid-state lasers and established ultrafast solid-state lasers for science and industrial applications. She has pushed the frontier of few-cycle pulse generation and full electric field control at petahertz frequencies. She pioneered frequency comb stabilization from mode-locked lasers, which was noted by the Nobel committee for Physics in 2005. In addition, she invented the attoclock, which measured the electron tunneling delay time, and observed the dynamical Franz-Keldysh effect in condensed matter for the first time.


Esther Hoffman Beller Medal

In recognition of outstanding contributions to education in optical science and engineering

Julio C. Gutiérrez-Vega

Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico For exceptional commitment to optics education through extraordinary academic mentoring and teaching, the development of original, engaging teaching materials and the establishment of a world-class optics graduate program

Julio Gutiérrez obtained his Ph.D. in optics from the National Institute of Astrophysics, Optics and Electronics (INAOE), Mexico. He is currently a professor in the physics department at the Tecnológico de Monterrey. Gutiérrez has published 103 journal articles that report about 3,700 citations, with an h-index of 31. He is an OSA Fellow and has served on the editorial committees of Optics & Photonics News and Optics Express.

Gutiérrez’s research interests focus mostly on light propagation, laser beam shaping and fractional optics. For more than 20 years, he has taught courses to undergraduate students, including electromagnetism, quantum mechanics, mathematical methods and computational physics. Gutiérrez has been the thesis advisor of eight Ph.D. students, the founding advisor of the OSA Student Chapter at Tecnológico de Monterrey and a promoter of the institution’s postgraduate program in optics.


Max Born Award

In recognition of contributions to physical optics

Nader Engheta

University of Pennsylvania, USA For pioneering contributions to optical metamaterials and nanoscale optics

Nader Engheta received his B.S. degree from the University of Tehran, Iran, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the California Institute of Technlology, USA. He has received honorary doctoral degrees from Aalto University, Finland, the University of Stuttgart, Germany, and Kharkov Polytechnic Institute, Ukraine. Currently, he is the H. Nedwill Ramsey Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Fellow of OSA, the American Physical Society, IEEE, the Materials Research Society, SPIE, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the International Union of Radio Science.

Engheta is one of the original pioneers of the field of metamaterials, beginning with his early work in the 1980s on complex and chiral media, and continuing with his many contributions to optics and electrodynamics. These include the development of the fields of near-zero-index optics, optical nanocircuitry and analog computing using materials, plasmonic cloaking, and one-atom-thick metamaterials. His current research activities span a broad range of areas including photonics, metamaterials, nanoscale optics, microwaves, graphene optics, imaging and sensing inspired by eyes of animal species, microwave and optical antennas and physics, and engineering of fields and waves.


Stephen D. Fantone Distinguished Service Award

In recognition of outstanding service to OSA

Susan Houde-Walter

LMD Power of Light Corp., USA For outstanding service to the society through numerous advisory and leadership roles, including 2005 President, Board of Directors Member and Chair of the Optics & Photonics News Editorial Advisory Committee

Susan Houde-Walter received her Ph.D. at the University of Rochester, USA, where she subsequently joined the faculty and earned tenure as a professor of optics. She currently runs LaserMaxDefense (LMD), a laser system manufacturer that she co-founded. She is an inventor on 26 patents, and has published 100+ papers and invited talks on optoelectronic design and optical materials. She is an OSA Fellow.

Houde-Walter began her OSA service as a graduate student, and served later with various program and publication committees. She served on the OSA Board from 1994 to 1996, and was elected OSA President in 2005. Her development of international leadership, monthly essays in Optics & Photonics News, interviews of the 2005 Nobel Prize Laureates, executive team development and unprecedented fundraising success characterized her year as OSA President. She now serves on the OSA Strategic Planning Committee.


Michael S. Feld Biophotonics Award

In recognition of innovative and influential contributions to the field of biophotonics, regardless of career stage

Nimmi Ramanujam

Duke University, USA For advances in precision diagnostics and therapeutics to address global disparities in cervical and breast cancer management and mortality

Nimmi Ramanujam received her Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from The University of Texas, Austin, USA. She held positions at The University of Texas, Austin, USA, the National Institutes of Health, USA, the University of Pennsylvania, USA, and University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA, before joining Duke University. She is a Fellow of OSA, SPIE, the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and the National Academy of Inventors.

Ramanujam is an innovator, educator and entrepreneur. Her mission is to develop technology that will have wide-reaching impact in women’s health. Her research on women’s cancers has centered on translational and laboratory research of relevance to breast and cervical cancer. In the case of cervical cancer prevention, her focus is to develop strategies that reduce attrition to treatment including early screening and diagnostics. In the breast cancer care cascade, she has focused on molecular and metabolic imaging to prevent recurrence. A third area in her research program focuses on low-cost ablative strategies for local control of cancer in resource-limited settings.


Joseph Fraunhofer Award/ Robert M. Burley Prize

In recognition of significant research accomplishments in the field of optical engineering

Jannick Rolland

University of Rochester, USA For numerous creative and innovative applications in several fields of optical engineering including Astronomy, Medical Imaging, Augmented & Virtual Reality, Image Science, and Freeform Optics

Jannick Rolland earned an optical engineering diploma from the Institut D’Optique Théorique et Appliquée, France, and her M.S. and Ph.D. in optical science from the University of Arizona, USA. She is the Brian J. Thompson Professor in Optical Engineering at the University of Rochester, director of the Center for Freeform Optics (CeFO), and CTO and co-founder the biotech company LighTopTech. She is a Fellow of OSA, SPIE, and the NYSTAR Foundation, and a recipient of the OSA David Richardson Medal.

Rolland’s work brings novel optical engineering solutions to a wide range of fields. She designed the optics for SPOT4, a satellite that monitored the earth. In medical imaging, she developed the mathematics to describe the “lumpy background” noise in medical images, giving rise to a widely-adopted method to assess image quality in diagnostic instruments. She invented Gabor-domain optical coherence microscopy for high-definition 3D imaging, and is an early contributor to augmented reality while advancing freeform optics, a disruptive technology poised to penetrate a variety of markets.


Joseph W. Goodman Book Writing Award

In recognition of a recent and influential book in the field of optics and photonics that has contributed significantly to research, teaching, business or industry (co-sponsored by SPIE)

Irving J. Bigio

Boston University, USA

Irving J. Bigio received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, USA. He has been a professor of biomedical engineering and electrical and computer engineering at Boston University for the past 22 years. He is primarily interested in using biomedical optics to develop clinical and research applications of optical technologies. His lab was founded in 2001 and focuses on clinical diagnostics based on elastic scattering spectroscopy, on laboratory applications to monitor sub-cellular dynamics in vitro, and on novel methods to image neuronal activation patterns in label-free neural tissues. He has mentored numerous graduate and undergraduate students, co-authored over 200 scientific publications, and is an inventor on nine patents. He is a Fellow of OSA, SPIE, the American Institute for Medical & Biological Engineering, and the American Society for Lasers in Medicine and Surgery.


Sergio Fantini

Tufts University, USA Authors of Quantitative Biomedical Optics: Theory, Methods, and Applications (Cambridge University Press, 2016)

Sergio Fantini received his Ph.D. from University of Florence, Italy. He has been a professor of biomedical engineering at Tufts University for the past 18 years. His research interests lie in the area of biomedical optics, specifically in diffuse near-infrared spectroscopy and the imaging of biological tissues. His research laboratory aims to develop noninvasive applications of diffuse optics to assess cerebral perfusion and brain activity, detect breast cancer, monitor response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy, and quantify skeletal muscle oxygenation. He has co-authored about 200 scientific publications and is an inventor on eleven patents. He is a Fellow of OSA, SPIE and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.


Nick Holonyak Jr. Award

In recognition of contributions to optics based on semiconductor-based devices and optical materials, including basic science and technological applications

Kei May Lau

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST), Hong Kong For significant contributions to hetero-epitaxy of compound semiconductors on silicon for future integrated lasers and advancing the field of light-emitting diode microdisplays

Kei May Lau received B.S. and M.S. degrees in physics from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA, and her Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Rice University, USA. She is currently the Fang Professor of Engineering in the HKUST electrical and computer engineering (ECE) department. Previously Lau was on the ECE faculty at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA, and initiated the metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD), compound semiconductor materials and devices programs. Lau is a Fellow of OSA, the Hong Kong Academy of Engineering Science and IEEE.

Lau’s work focuses on the development of monolithic telecommunication-band diode lasers directly grown on (001) silicon substrates. She combines innovation in MOCVD-based growth of heterostructure materials with insights into both device physics and fabrication to improve device performance, for effective multi-device integration. The benefits of integrating high-performance III–V-based devices onto a silicon substrate strongly leverages the enormous capabilities and infrastructure of the Si CMOS industry, extending them to photonic and electronic integrated devices/circuits at high frequencies.


Robert E. Hopkins Leadership Award

In recognition of significant impact on the field of optics or a significant contribution to society

Roberta Ramponi

IFN-CNR and Politecnico di Milano, Italy For leadership in the promotion and dissemination of optics and light-based technologies, and outstanding contributions in establishing a strategic vision for research and innovation in photonics in Europe

Ramponi received her M.Sc. in physics and Specialization Diploma in medical physics at the University of Milano, Italy. She was a researcher at the National Research Council (CNR) in Milano, Italy, before becoming a professor of physics at the Politecnico di Milano. She also serves as the director of the CNR Institute for Photonics and Nanotechnology (IFN).

Ramponi’s research has covered a wide range of activities in the fields of optics, photonics and related applications. Throughout her career, she has served the optics and photonics community, bringing strategic vision and leadership to national and international societies and organizations. She served as the President of the European Optical Society from 2006 to 2008 and is currently President of the International Commission for Optics (ICO). She also serves on the Executive Board of the European Public Private Partnership Photonics21. Ramponi has worked to support gender balance; to bridge the gap between the scientific community, policy makers and the general public; and to develop successful initiatives in education, training and outreach.


Edwin Land Medal

In recognition of pioneering work empowered by scientific research to create inventions, technologies and products (co-sponsored by the Society for Imaging Science and Technology)

Eric R. Fossum

Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth, USA For the invention and commercialization of advanced CMOS optical sensor imaging technology and the Quanta Image Sensor, and for university entrepreneurial and national young inventor training activities

Eric R. Fossum received his M.Sc. degree and Ph.D. in engineering and applied science from Yale University, USA. After working at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) at Caltech, USA, he co-founded several startups and served as CEO. He is currently the Krehbiel Professor for Emerging Technologies at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth. He has published over 300 technical papers and holds over 170 U.S. patents. He is an OSA and IEEE Fellow, a National Inventors Hall of Fame inductee and a Queen Elizabeth Prize Laureate.

Fossum is a solid-state image sensor device physicist and engineer, who invented the CMOS active pixel image sensor with intra-pixel charge transfer while at JPL, the basis for all modern CMOS image sensors. He further developed and commercialized the technology with colleagues at their startup, Photobit. He later invented the photon-counting Quanta Image Sensor. At Dartmouth, he developed the QIS technology with his students and co-founded Gigajot. He works with students and faculty to foster innovation and entrepreneurial thinking at Dartmouth and with the NIHF Camp Invention program.


Sang Soo Lee Award

In recognition of outstanding leadership in founding or growing the optics and photonics community locally (co-sponsored by the Optical Society of Korea)

Ajoy Ghatak

NASI (The National Academy of Sciences India), Prayagraj, India For his seminal role in the development of fiber optics and guided-wave photonics and for pioneering optics education in India

Ajoy Ghatak received his M.Sc. from Delhi University, India, and a Ph.D. from Cornell University, USA. He was a professor at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, India, and is currently the NASI Meghnad Saha Distinguished Professor. He is an OSA Fellow and recipient of the OSA Esther Hoffman Beller Medal. He was the President of Optical Society of India.

Ghatak nurtured the Fiber Optics Group and master’s program at IIT Delhi. He has organized numerous workshops and short courses, and has published extensively in the area of optical waveguides and quantum well structures. His methods have been used by many researchers. He is author and co-author of many books including textbooks on optics (translated to Chinese and Persian), fiber optics and optical electronics.


Emmett N. Leith Medal

In recognition of seminal contributions to the field of optical information processing

Mitsuo Takeda

Utsunomiya University, Japan For contributions to the fields of optical information processing and holography through the inventions
of Fourier fringe analysis and coherence holography

Mitsuo Takeda received a M.E. and Ph.D. in applied physics from the University of Tokyo, Japan. He is professor at the Center for Optical Research & Education (CORE), Utsunomiya University, and professor emeritus at the University of Electro-Communications (UEC), Japan. He has been a visiting scholar at Stanford University, USA, and an Alexander von Humboldt Guest Professor of the Institut für Technische Optik, Universität Stuttgart, Germany. Prior to joining the faculty of UEC in 1977, he worked for Canon Inc. He is an OSA Fellow.

Takeda is the inventor of the Fourier-transform method for fringe analysis (also known as Fourier fringe analysis), which is used widely in optical metrology. Its applications expand beyond traditional optical interferometry and profilometry, to the measurement of extreme physical phenomena that involve ultrashort optical pulses, extremely small atomic displacement, and unconventional interferometry with electron wave, X-ray and EUV sources. He has also conducted seminal work on coherence holography for coherence synthesis and unconventional imaging.


Ellis R. Lippincott Award

In recognition of contributions to vibrational spectroscopy (co-sponsored with the Coblentz Society and the Society for Applied Spectroscopy)

Volker Deckert

Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology, Jena, Germany For ongoing contributions to high-resolution Raman spectroscopy, in particular the realization of tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy, allowing label-free structural surface characterization down to the single-molecule level

Volker Deckert obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Würzburg, Germany. After a postdoc at the University of Tokyo, Japan, he started researching near-field optical spectroscopy, first at the ETH Zurich, Switzerland, and then throughout Germany, in Dresden, Dortmund and Jena. He is a department head at Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology and a professor for physical chemistry at the Friedrich-Schiller University, Germany.

Deckert’s research focuses on Raman spectroscopy, near-field optical microscopy, and plasmon enhancement. The major goal is to extend the limits of spatial resolution for label-free techniques, particularly for methods based on tip-enhanced Raman scattering (TERS). His research is mainly driven by questions related to chemical and/or bio-related problems that require structural information at the highest possible resolution. These studies then help to understand underlying theoretical concepts of the often surprising lateral resolution.


Adolph Lomb Medal

In recognition of noteworthy contributions made to optics at an early career stage

Chao-Yang Lu

University of Science and Technology of China, China For significant contributions to optical quantum information technologies, especially on high-performance single-photon sources, quantum teleportation and optical quantum computing

Chao-Yang Lu received a B.S. degree from the University of Science and Technology of China and his Ph.D. in physics from the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, U.K. He is currently a professor of physics at the University of Science and Technology of China. He is an OSA Fellow.

Lu’s research focuses on quantum foundations, quantum computation, and quantum communications. He and his colleagues are developing scalable quantum light sources based on spontaneous parametric down-conversion and microcavity-coupled quantum dots. They created sources of single and entangled photons, which simultaneously have near-unity indistinguishability and high extraction efficiency. Using these quantum light sources, they demonstrated record numbers of 12-photon entanglement, 20-photon boson sampling, astronomical-scale quantum interference, and quantum teleportation of multiple degrees of freedom and high-dimensional states of a single photon.


C.E.K. Mees Medal

In recognition of an original use of optics across multiple fields

Daniel J. Blumenthal

University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB), USA For innovation in ultra-low-loss photonic integrated circuits and their application to ultra-low linewidth lasers, optical communications, signal processing, optical gyroscopes and atom cooling

Daniel Blumenthal received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder, USA, his M.S.E.E. from Columbia University, USA, and his B.S.E.E from the University of Rochester, USA. He is currently a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UCSB, director of the Terabit Optical Ethernet Center, and heads the Optical Communications and Photonics Integration group. He is co-founder of Packet Photonics Inc. and Calient Networks, both in USA. He holds 23 patents, has published over 460 papers, and is co-author of Tunable Laser Diodes and Related Optical Sources. He is a Fellow of OSA, IEEE and the National Academy of Inventors.

Blumenthal has pioneered ultra-low-loss silicon nitride and tantala waveguides, photonic integrated circuits and their applications. His work includes integrated ultra-narrow, sub-Hz-linewidth SBS lasers, highly integrated indium phosphide photonic circuits, fiber optic communications and optical packet switching, optical gyroscopes, microwave photonics, optical signal processing and ultrafast techniques, and extending photonic integrated technologies into the visible wavelength range for applications including atom cooling, timekeeping, and Raman spectroscopy.


William F. Meggers Award

In recognition of outstanding work in spectroscopy

Tony F. Heinz

Stanford University and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, USA For seminal studies of the properties and dynamics of surfaces, interfaces, and nanoscale materials by diverse spectroscopic techniques, including through the development of powerful new methods

Tony Heinz received a B.S. in physics from Stanford University, USA, and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, Berkeley, USA. He is a professor of applied physics and photon science at Stanford University and the Associate Laboratory Director for Energy Sciences at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. Previously, he was a research staff member at the IBM Watson Research Center, USA, and a professor of physics and electrical engineering at Columbia University, USA. He is a Fellow of OSA and served as OSA President in 2012.

Heinz has developed a wide range of spectroscopic techniques to examine the properties and dynamics of nanoscale systems. These methods include interface-sensitive nonlinear spectroscopy and time-resolved approaches, such as terahertz time-domain techniques. The measurement techniques have been applied to elucidate the electronic, optical and chemical properties of 0-, 1-, and 2-dimensional materials and interfaces. The research would not have been possible without the insight and hard work of more than 70 graduate students and postdocs over the years.


David Richardson Medal

In recognition of significant contributions to optical engineering, primarily in the commercial and industrial sector

G. Michael Morris

RPC Photonics, Inc., and Apollo Optical Systems, Inc., USA For contributions to the commercial development of diffractive and beam-shaping optics, along with significant achievements in entrepreneurship, the founding and development of two highly successful companies, and ongoing support of education in optical engineering

G. Michael Morris received his B.S. degree from the University of Oklahoma, USA, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the California Institute of Technology, USA. He was the CEO and co-founder of RPC Photonics and is currently serving as the CEO of Apollo Optical Systems (AOS). Prior to RPC and AOS, he was a professor of optics at the Institute of Optics, University of Rochester, USA. He is an OSA Fellow and recipient of the OSA Joseph Fraunhofer Award/Robert M. Burley Prize and Stephen D. Fantone Distinguished Service Award. He served as OSA President in 2003 and as President of the OSA Foundation from 2009 to 2015.

Morris’ research has spanned a wide variety of topics in statistical optics, optical information processing, quantum-limited imaging, automatic pattern recognition, and diffractive- and micro-optics technology. His current research/development interests include optical beam-shaping components, with a particular emphasis on 3D-imaging and -sensing systems for consumer electronics, robot vision, autonomous vehicles and surveillance markets. He holds over 30 U.S. patents and has published more than 70 referred journal articles, three book chapters and numerous conference proceedings.


Kevin P. Thompson Optical Design Innovator Award

In recognition of contributions to lens design, optical engineering or metrology at an early career stage

Aaron Bauer

University of Rochester, USA For theoretical, creative, and innovative design methods for freeform optics

Aaron Bauer received a B.S. degree in physics from University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire, USA, and a Ph.D. in optics from the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester, USA. He has since joined the Institute of Optics full-time as a research engineer investigating the latest optical design topics and mentoring graduate students.

His research interests stem from his doctoral work, where he focused on applying freeform surfaces to optical designs in a practical and efficient manner. His current work includes utilizing freeform surfaces to improve the performance and packaging of optical systems and metasurfaces to enable both form and function. Bauer is also involved in more conventional optical system design for a variety of applications.


Edgar D. Tillyer Award

In recognition of distinguished work in the field of vision

Wilson Geisler

University of Texas at Austin, USA For pioneering theories of optimal visual processing that bring together scene statistics, physiological constraints, and task requirements to gain a new understanding of perceptual functions and eye movements

Wilson (Bill) Geisler obtained an undergraduate degree in psychology from Stanford University, USA, and a Ph.D. degree in mathematical and experimental psychology from Indiana University, USA. Geisler is currently the David Wechsler Regents Chair in Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a Fellow of OSA and the Society of Experimental Psychologists, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

His research combines behavioral studies, neurophysiological studies, studies of natural stimuli, mathematical analysis and computational modeling. He is best known for his work on the mathematics of how to perform perceptual tasks optimally (“ideal observer theory”), on the relationship between the statistical properties of natural stimuli and visual performance, on the nature of eye movements in natural tasks, and on the relationship between visual performance and the neurophysiology of the visual system.


Charles Hard Townes Medal

In recognition of contributions to quantum electronics

Toshiki Tajima

University of California Irvine, USA For seminal contributions in broad and novel plasma physics and laser-based accelerator physics, introducing the concept of Laser Wakefield Acceleration

Toshiki Tajima received his in physics from University of Tokyo, Japan, and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of California Irvine, USA. He is the Norman Rostoker Chair professor at the University of California at Irvine, and the deputy director of the International Center for Zetta- and Exawatt Science and Technology (IZEST). He served as Chair of the APS Subdivision of Plasma Astrophysics and the International Committee for Ultrahigh Intensity Lasers (ICUIL). He is the former Director General of Kansai Photon Science Institute and the Jane and Roland Blumberg professor at University of Texas at Austin, USA.

In 1979, Tajima suggested the theory of the formation of a wakefield behind an ultra-short intense laser pulse and its subsequent acceleration of particles to high energies. This concept spurred the creation of high-field science. He was among the first in a team that demonstrated wakefield acceleration experimentally. Its applications include the compact generation of high-energy electrons, ions, and X-rays on ultrafast time scales and cancer therapy.


John Tyndall Award

In recognition of contributions to fiber optic technology (co-sponsored with the IEEE Photonics Society)

Roel Baets

Ghent University, Belgium For seminal research in silicon photonics and for driving the foundry model in this field

Roel Baets received M.Sc. degrees from Ghent University, Belgium, and Stanford University, USA, and a Ph.D. from Ghent University. Since 1989 he has been a professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture at Ghent University, where he founded the Photonics Research Group. He was previously a part-time professor at Delft University of Technology and Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands. He is also associated with IMEC, Belgium. Baets is a Fellow of OSA, IEEE and the European Optical Society. He is also a member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Sciences and the Arts and is currently a director-at-large on the OSA Board of Directors.

Baets has mainly worked in the field of integrated photonics, making contributions to research on photonic integrated circuits, both in III–V semiconductors and in silicon and silicon nitride, as well as their applications in telecom, datacom and sensing. In recent years, his research has focused on medical- and environmental-sensing applications of silicon photonics.


Herbert Walther Award

In recognition of distinguished contributions in quantum optics and atomic physics as well as leadership in the international scientific community (co-sponsored with Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft)

Eugene Polzik

Københavns Universitet, Denmark For pioneering experimental contributions to quantum optics including the demonstration of spin squeezing and entanglement of atomic ensembles, quantum teleportation between light and matter, a quantum memory for light, and hybrid atomic-mechanical coupling

Eugene Polzik received M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in physics from Leningrad (Saint Petersburg State) University, Russia. Upon completion of his Ph.D., he became an associate professor of physics at the Mining Institute in Leningrad. Since then, he has held a number of positions at the California Institute of Technology, USA; the University of Aarhus, Denmark; the Institute Henri Poincaré, France; and the Institute for Photonic Sciences in Barcelona, Spain. He is a Fellow of OSA, the American Physical Society and the Institute of Physics, and a member of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters.

Polzik has published more than 160 papers in refereed journals and given over 150 plenary and invited talks. His research has helped to lead the development of quantum optics throughout Europe, which includes his leadership of the Quantum Information Processing and Communication in Europe (QUROPE) project from 2006-2009. In Denmark, he established the first quantum optics lab, and later the Danish Center for Quantum Optics (QUANTOP) at the University of Copenhagen.


R.W. Wood Prize

In recognition of an outstanding discovery, scientific or technological achievement or invention

John Dudley

Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté & CNRS FEMTO-ST, France For elucidating the fundamental aspect of supercontinuum generation through careful study of phase stability and opening the way to compact supercontinuum sources and their numerous applications

John Dudley received his Ph.D. from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and worked both at Auckland and the University of St Andrews, Scotland, U.K., before being appointed professor at the Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté in 2000. He has led a number of national and international initiatives in both research and the public engagement of science. He is a Fellow of OSA, SPIE, IEEE and the European Optical Society and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand Te Apārangi. In 2015, he was awarded OSA’s Robert E. Hopkins Leadership Award.

Dudley’s research covers a wide range of topics in ultrafast and nonlinear optics. He pioneered the use of advanced measurement techniques to characterize complex pulse propagation in nonlinear fiber optics, and contributed especially to the development of a clear understanding of the physics of fiber supercontinuum generation. Other areas of interest include ultrafast self-similarity and the study of optical rogue waves and their oceanic counterparts.


Thank You, 2020 Award Selection Committee Members!

Many thanks to the volunteers who served on the award selection committees. We greatly appreciate your time, effort and expertise.


Frederic Ives Medal/Jarus W. Quinn Prize Committee

Susana Marcos, Chair, Consejo Sup. de Investigaciones Científicas, Spain

Nan Marie Jokerst, Past Chair, Duke University, USA

Alain Aspect, Institut d’Optique, France

Anna Consortini, Universitá degli Studi di Firenze, Italy

Hideo Kuwahara, Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd., Japan

Marija Strojnik, Optical Research Center, Mexico

Lan Yang, Washington University in St. Louis, USA


Esther Hoffman Beller Medal Committee

Peter Krummrich, Chair, Technische Universität Dortmund, Germany

Judy Donnelly, Past Chair, Three Rivers Community College, USA

Sergio Fantini, Tufts University, USA

Amy Foster, Johns Hopkins University, USA

Janice Hudgings, Pomona College, USA

Clara Saraceno, Ruhr Universität Bochum, Germany

Birgit Stiller, Max-Planck-Institute, Science of Light, Germany


Max Born Award Committee

Hanne Ludvigsen, Chair, Aalto University, Finland

Na Ji, University of California Berkeley, USA

Svetlana Glebovna Lukishova, University of Rochester, USA

Anne Matsuura, Intel Corporation, USA

Ulf Peschel, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany

Caterina Vozzi, IFN-CNR, Italy


Stephen D. Fantone Distinguished Service Award Committee

Alison Taylor, Chair, The Optical Society, USA

Ronald G. Driggers, University of Central Florida, CREOL, USA

Bettina Heim, OHB System, Germany

Bahaa Saleh, University of Central Florida, CREOL, USA

Alphan Sennaroğlu, Koç Üniversitesi, Turkey

Arlene Smith, Avo Photonics Inc., USA


Michael S. Feld Biophotonics Award Committee

Alex Vitkin, Chair, Ontario Cancer Institute, University of Toronto, Canada

Paola Taroni, Past Chair, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Rainer Andreas Leitgeb, Medical University Vienna, Austria

Rajesh Menon, University of Utah, USA

Paras N. Prasad, State University of New York at Buffalo, USA

Eva M. Sevick-Muraca, UT Health Science Center at Houston, USA


Joseph Fraunhofer Award/Robert M. Burley Prize Committee

Lenore McMackin, Chair, InView Technology Corporation, USA

Yoshio Hayasaki, Past Chair, Utsunomiya University, Japan

Liangcai Cao, Tsinghua University, China

Teri Odom, Northwestern University, USA

Pascal Picart, LAUM CNRS Le Mans Université, France


Joseph W. Goodman Book Writing Award Committee

(Joint with SPIE)

Pamela Bowlan*, Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA

Brooke Hester*, Appalachian State University, USA

Valery Tuchin*, Saratov State University, Russia


Nick Holonyak Jr. Award Committee

Alexandra Boltasseva, Chair, Purdue University, USA

Yasuhiko Arakawa, Past Chair, University of Tokyo, Japan

Shamsul Arafin, ECE Ohio State University, USA

Saswatee Banerjee, Brillnics Japan Inc., Japan

Christopher R. Doerr, Acacia Communications, Inc., USA

Chennupati Jagadish, Australian National University, Australia

Thomas F. Krauss, University of York, U.K.


Robert E. Hopkins Leadership Award Committee

Lluis Torner, Chair, ICFO–Institut de Ciències Fotòniques, Spain

John T. Sheridan, Past Chair, University College Dublin, Ireland

Melanie C W Campbell, University of Waterloo, Canada

Madeleine Glick, Columbia University, USA

Caroline Lai, Rockley Photonics, USA

Guohai Situ, Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, China

Zeev Zalevsky, Bar-Ilan University, Israel


Edwin Land Medal Committee

(Joint with IS&T)

Gabriella Bosco*, Chair, Politecnico di Torino, Italy

Pablo Artal*, Universidad de Murcia, Spain

Giordano B. Beretta, Samsung Semiconductor, Inc., USA

James Besley, Nearmap, Australia

Michael Allen Kriss, MAK Consultants, USA

Debbie Wilson*, Lumentum Operations Inc., USA


Sang Soo Lee Award Committee

Ann Roberts, Chair*, University of Melbourne, Australia

Byoungho Lee, Seoul National University, South Korea

Cheng-Chung Lee*, National Central University, Taiwan

Bishnu Pal, Mahindra École Centrale, India

Concita Sibilia*, Università degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza, Italy


Emmett N. Leith Medal Committee

Yunlong Sheng, Chair, Université Laval, Canada

Tatiana Alieva, Past Chair, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain

Christopher Thomas Cotton, ASE Optics, LLC, USA

Malgorzata Kujawinska, Politechnika Warszawska, Poland

Yufeng Li, Innovusion Inc., USA

Osamu Matoba, Kobe University, Japan

Myrian Cristina Tebaldi, Centro de Investigaciones Opticas, Argentina


Ellis Lippincott Award Committee

(Joint with Coblentz Society and the Society for Applied Spectroscopy)

Brandye Smith-Goettler, Chair, GlaxoSmithKline, USA

Robin Garrell, University of California, Los Angeles, USA

Jean-François Masson, Université de Montréal, Canada

Ellen Miseo*, Hamamatsu Photonic Systems, USA

Savitha Panikar, Hovione LLC, USA

Nathalie Picqué*, Max-Planck-Institut für Quantenoptik, Germany


Adolph Lomb Medal Committee

Maria S. Millan, Chair, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain

Hatice Altug, Past Chair, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

P.S. (Emily) Chan, AP Infosense, Hong Kong

Daniela Dragoman, Universitatea din Bucureşti, Romania

Tsing-Hua Her, University of North Carolina Charlotte, USA

Inuk Kang, LGS Innovations LLC, USA

Tina E. Kidger, Kidger Optics Associates, U.K.

Jingyu Lin, Texas Tech University, USA

Anna Claire Peacock, University of Southampton, U.K.

Paul Westbrook, OFS Laboratories, USA

Dan-Xia Xu, National Research Council Canada, Canada


C.E.K. Mees Medal Committee

Hervé Tatenguem Fankem, Chair, Sacher Lasertechnik GmbH, Germany

Deborah M. Kane, Past Chair, Macquarie University, Australia

Judith Dawes, Macquarie University, Australia

Majid Ebrahim-Zadeh, ICFO–Institut de Ciències Fotòniques, Spain

Charles Falco, University of Arizona, USA

Peter Schunemann, BAE Systems Inc, USA

Anna Sytchkova, ENEA Optical Coatings Lab, Italy


William F. Meggers Award Committee

Cushla M. McGoverin, Chair, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Paul Campagnola, Past Chair, University of Wisconsin–Madison, USA

Paolo De Natale, Istituto Nazionale di Ottica–CNR, Italy

Anne Myers Kelley, University of California Merced, USA

Akihiko Kuze, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Japan

Albert Stolow, University of Ottawa, Canada


David Richardson Medal Committee

Francisco J. Duarte, Chair, Interferometric Optics, USA

Heidi Ottevaere, Past Chair, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

Helen Margaret Pask, Macquarie University, Australia

Vitor Schneider, Corning Inc., USA

Hwa Yaw Tam, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong


Kevin P. Thompson Optical Design Innovator Award Committee

John R. Rogers, Chair, Synopsys, Inc., USA

Jessica DeGroote Nelson, Optimax Systems Inc., USA

Juan Carlos Miñano, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain

Jamie Leigh Ramsey, Rochester Precision Optics LLC, USA

Bojan Resan, University of Applied Sciences FHNW, Switzerland

Jose Sasian, University of Arizona, USA

Akira Yabe, Akira Yabe Lens Design, Japan


Edgar Tillyer Award Committee

Stephen Burns, Chair, Indiana University, USA

David Brainard, Past Chair, University of Pennsylvania, USA

Geoffrey Karl Aguirre, University of Pennsylvania, USA

Ellen Campbell Carter, Color Research and Application, USA

Karen Mary Hampson, University of Oxford, U.K.

Mitsuo Ikeda, Rajamangala Univ. of Tech., Thailand

Charles Hard Townes Medal Committee

Luiz Davidovich, Chair, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Natalia Litchinitser, Past Chair, Duke University, USA

Maria Chekhova, Max-Planck-Inst Physik des Lichts, Germany

Juliet Gopinath, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA

Yoko Miyamoto, University of Electro-Communications, Japan

Viktor Podolskiy, University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA

Orazio Svelto, Politecnico di Milano, Italy


John Tyndall Award Committee

(Joint with IEEE Photonics Society)

Neal Bergano, Chair, USA

Yasuhiko Arakwa, University of Tokyo, Japan

John E. Bowers, University of California Santa Barbara, USA

Kin Chiang*, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Piet Demeester*, Ghent University, INTEC, Belgium

Michael H. Eiselt*, ADVA Optical Networking SE, Germany Sophie LaRochelle* Université Laval, Canada

Dan M. Marom, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

Dalma Novak, Pharad, USA


Herbert Walther Award Committee

(Joint with Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft)

Benoît Boulanger*, Chair, Institut Néel, France

Imrana Ashraf*, Quaid-I-Azam University, Pakistan

Manijeh Razeghi*, Northwestern University, USA


R.W. Wood Prize Committee

Valeri Rodriguez-Fajardo, Chair, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa

Thomas Haslett, Past Chair, Avo Photonics Inc., Canada

Demetrios Christodoulides, University of Central Florida, CREOL, USA

Kishan Dholakia, University of St. Andrews, U.K.

Christina Lim, University of Melbourne, Australia

Rachel P.C. Won, Nature Photonics, U.K.

*Denotes OSA representative on joint society committees