BELLINGHAM, Wash., April 20, 2016 — SPIE has announced the 2016 recipients of its annual awards program, recognizing technical accomplishments and meritorious service. Paras Prasad at the State University of New York, Buffalo, won the society’s Gold Medal for numerous world-renowned, pioneering contributions to nonlinear optics, nanophotonics and biophotonics, along with three decades of service to the organization. David Boas at Harvard University won the Britton Chance Biomedical Optics Award for the development, application and dissemination of NIR spectroscopy and imaging for breast cancer and the functioning brain, as well as his perseverance in developing several innovative microscopic methods to advance the knowledge of cerebral physiology. Lacy Cook at Raytheon Missile Systems won the A.E. Conrady Award for advancing the realm of reflective design forms over the course of 30 years in the design of optical systems. Ting-Chung Poon at Virginia Polytechnic Institute won the Dennis Gabor Award for pioneering contributions to optical scanning holography and contributions to the development of novel digital holography and 3D imaging. Supriya Chakrabarti at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, won the George W. Goddard Award for work as an innovative scientist, physicist and scholar. Shui-Chih Alan Lien at ShenZhen Star Optoelectronic Technology Co. Ltd. won the G.G. Stokes Award for contributions to develop an extended Jones matrix formulation for LCD devices. James Trolinger at MetroLaser Inc. won the Chandra S. Vikram Award in optical metrology for pioneering development and fielding of laser-based optical diagnostic methods. Yan Borodovsky won the Frits Zernike Award in microlithography for the advancement of multigenerational lithography process solutions and contributions of patterning approaches and layout design rules at Intel. Jie Yao at the University of California won the SPIE Early Career Achievement Award in academics for the investigation of light matter interaction at deep subwavelength scale and development of optical materials for nanophotonic applications. Homan Yuen at NewGen Venture Partners won the SPIE Early Career Achievement Award in industry for the advancement of the dilute nitride semiconductor materials systems and the commercialization of world-record, multi-junction solar cells. Cheng Chung Lee at the National Central University in Taiwan won the SPIE Educator Award for contributions to the growth of the Institute of Optical Sciences and the department of optics and photonics, the promotion of optical thin film and coating advancements, and the mentoring of students and industry personal. Kent Choquette at the University of Illinois was awarded the SPIE Technology Achievement Award for the development of high-performance, vertical-cavity, surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) and the invention of the practical oxide-confined VCSEL. SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics, an educational not-for-profit organization founded in 1955 to advance light-based science, engineering and technology.