Gold Medal Winner Ursula Keller Among SPIE Award Honorees

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The Awards Committee of SPIE has announced the recipients of its annual awards. Honoring transformative advancements in multiple areas including medicine, astronomy, lithography, optical metrology, and community-focused achievements, SPIE awards recognize technical accomplishments as well as committed service to SPIE and the support of its organizational mission.


SPIE Gold Medal winUrsula Keller. Courtesy of: SPIE.

SPIE Gold Medal winner Ursula Keller. Courtesy of SPIE.

SPIE Gold Medal: Ursula Keller
For her career-long contributions in ultrafast science and technology, including the development of practical ultrashort pulse lasers; the study of fundamental mechanisms and limits to mode-locking and optical pulse formation; the invention of techniques for frequency comb generation and stabilization; and groundbreaking studies of the physics of light matter interactions on attosecond timescales.

SPIE President’s Award: Daniel Vukobratovich
For his outstanding and long-term commitment to SPIE and its educational programs by sharing his expertise in optomechanical design through more than 100 SPIE Short Courses and other activities.

SPIE Directors’ Award: Gary Spiegel
For his service to SPIE and the global optics community as a business leader, his leadership as SPIE’s treasurer during challenging global economic conditions, and his service to the future of SPIE as a member of the SPIE CEO Search Committee.

SPIE Britton Chance Award in Biomedical Optics: Steven L. Jacques
In recognition of his pioneering work in the field of biomedical optics.

SPIE Biophotonics Technology Innovator Award: Nirmala Ramanujam
In recognition of her development of disruptive low-cost, high-performance technologies to enable see-and-treat paradigms for cervical cancer prevention.

SPIE A.E. Conrady Award in Optical Engineering: Pablo Benítez
In recognition of his pioneering discoveries in both nonimaging and imaging optics, including the simultaneous multiple surface method of optical design for freeform surfaces.

SPIE Harrison H. Barrett Award in Medical Imaging: Harold L. Kundel
In recognition of his many contributions to the field of medical image perception. His research has helped to explain the nature of misses in radiology.

SPIE Harold E. Edgerton Award in High-Speed Optics: Alan R. Fry
In recognition of his many contributions to the laser industry as well as industrial and scientific applications of ultrafast laser technology.

SPIE Dennis Gabor Award in Diffractive Optics: Pietro Ferraro
In recognition of his significant contributions to the development of digital holography.

SPIE George W. Goddard Award in Space and Airborne Optics: Oswald Siegmund
In recognition of his efforts to advance the development of photodetectors, microchannel plates, and anode readout techniques.

SPIE Mozi Award: Yuri Kivshar
For pioneering research in nonlinear metamaterials and meta-optics, and his demonstration of efficient metadevices and meta-lenses based on all-dielectric Mie-resonant nanophotonics.

SPIE G.G. Stokes Award in Optical Polarization: Tatiana Novikova
In recognition of her research in Mueller polarimetry for the development of techniques used in predicting and measuring the transfer of polarized light through a turbid media, in particular polarized light propagation via atmospheric transmission and biological tissue.

SPIE Chandra S. Vikram Award in Optical Metrology: James E. Millerd
In recognition of her invention and commercialization of technology for reducing the effects of vibration and turbulence in interferometric optical metrology.

SPIE Frits Zernike Award in Microlithography: Winfried Kaiser
In recognition of his contributions to advancing state-of-the-art lithographic optical systems, including EUV, that have enabled the continuation of Moore’s law.

SPIE Diversity Outreach Award: Jessica Wade
In recognition of her public engagement in relation to science, technology, engineering, and math and for championing gender equity and diversity in these fields.

SPIE Maria Goeppert-Mayer Award in Photonics: John H. Lehman

In recognition of his development of innovative tools for laser power and energy measurements spanning ultraviolet to THz wavelengths, and from submicrowatt to multikilowatt power levels.

SPIE Rudolf Kingslake Medal and Prize: John R. Rogers
In recognition of his lifetime dedication to optical design, for outstanding service to the academic optics community, to the optics industry, and to the professional optics societies.

SPIE Early Career Achievement Award - Academic Focus: Vivian Ferry and Gordon Wetzstein

Ferry: In recognition of her contributions to the understanding of light-matter interactions in solar energy conversion, and the development of optical materials for plasmonics, metamaterials, and nanocrystals.
Wetzstein: In recognition of his contributions to computational imaging and display technologies.

SPIE Early Career Achievement Award - Industry/Government Focus: Sona Hosseini and Nishant Mohan
Hosseini: In recognition of her innovative optical design work on ultraminiature heterodyne spectrometers.
Mohan: In recognition of his innovative work in improving vision and eye health by development of novel contact lenses and OCT instrumentation, affecting the health of millions of people around the world.

SPIE Maria J. Yzuel Educator Award: Kathleen Richardson
In recognition of her contributions to global research, education, and training in optical materials.

SPIE Aden and Marjorie Meinel Technology Achievement Award: Sanjay Krishna
For his showcasing of the first demonstration of single color and dual color nBn superlattice detectors and focal plane arrays.


Published: November 2019
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The measurement of the rotation of the plane of polarization of radiant energy, usually through the use of a polarimeter.
The science of measurement, particularly of lengths and angles.
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