SPIE announces the recipients of its annual society awards program

The Awards Committee of SPIE, the society for optics and photonics, announced the recipients of its annual awards. Honoring transformative advancements in a variety of professional areas —including medicine, astronomy, lithography, optical metrology, optical design, and community leadership — the society’s annual awards recognize technical accomplishments and committed service to SPIE and support of its organizational mission.

Who were this years SPIE awards recipients?

SPIE Gold Medal: Graham T. Reed

For sustained and ongoing leadership in the silicon photonics field, particularly in the area of silicon photonics modulators, mid-IR silicon photonics, and integrated lidar.

SPIE President’s Award: Patrick Meyrueis

For bringing together the European optics and photonics community, encouraging students toward leadership, and commitment to the Society in launching SPIE Photonics Europe.

SPIE Directors’ Award: John Greivenkamp

A posthumous recognition, for longstanding service and leadership, by giving time, energy, and wisdom to improve the Society and its educational impact on the community.

SPIE Mozi Award: Burn J. Lin

For great scientific achievements in immersion lithography for semiconductor manufacturing.

SPIE Britton Chance Award in Biomedical Optics: David Benaron

David Benaron

For the development of technologies and the founding and co-founding of companies utilizing biomedical optics that advanced the fields of medicine and medical technology.

SPIE Biophotonics Technology Innovator Award: Wei Min

For work in stimulated Raman scattering microscopy, and for creating a field of biophotonics.

Rudolf and Hilda Kingslake Award in Optical Design: Wilhelm Ulrich

For decades of transformative design solutions across a broad range of optical products including photographic lenses, microscopy objectives, medical-imaging instrumentation, laser optics, metrology systems, and infrared optics.

Harrison H. Barrett Award in Medical Imaging: Elizabeth Krupinski

For pioneering work in medical-image perception, teleradiology, telepathology, and being among the first to carry out image-perception studies in the new domain of digital pathology.

SPIE Harold E. Edgerton Award in High-Speed Optics: Tara Fortier

For pioneering contributions to the development of frequency combs based on mode-locked lasers and their applications in metrology.

SPIE Dennis Gabor Award in Diffractive Optics: Aydogan Ozcan

Aydogan Ozcan

For seminal contributions to holography, lens-free holographic microscopy, and computational imaging that democratize advanced measurement systems.

George W. Goddard Award in Space & Airborne: John MacKenty

For leading the design, testing, and operations of the Wide-Field Camera 3 on the Hubble Space Telescope, and for pioneering contributions to multi-object spectroscopy from space.

SPIE G. G. Stokes Award in Optical Polarization: Miguel A. Alonso

For the mathematical description of unconventional and non-paraxial polarization states.

SPIE Chandra S. Vikram Award in Optical Metrology: Zeev Zalevsky

For key contributions to the invention of a laser-based, remote, nano-vibrations sensor with primary applications in biomedical sensing and diagnostics.

SPIE Frits Zernike Award for Microlithography: Anthony Yen

For three decades of contributions in advancing microlithography tech, including developing extreme-ultraviolet lithography for manufacture of semiconductor integrated circuits.

SPIE Diversity Outreach Award: Danuta Sampson

For outstanding achievements in international educational outreach and leadership of activities promoting public engagement and diversity in science.

SPIE Maria Goeppert Mayer Award in Photonics: Volker Sorger

Volker Sorger

For pioneering research and outstanding innovations in the research and development of photonic and nanophotonic devices and systems, and for community leadership.

SPIE Maiman Laser Award: Bo Gu

For critical innovations in industrial laser tech with seminal and sustained contributions, and for being an accomplished laser-industry leader with widely recognized commercial success.

Early Career AchievementAcademic: Carmelo Rosales-Guzmán

For significant and innovative technical contributions to the field of structured light and its applications, as well as for the promotion of science in developing countries.

Early Career Achievement—Industry/Government Focus: Fenglin Peng

For contributions enabling the first LCD-based VR product on the market, and for innovating a compact Pancake VR with better image quality, higher efficiency, and easier mass-production.

SPIE María J. Yzuel Educator Award: Alexis Spilman Vogt

For excellence in optics-technician and associate’s-degree education and training, and for being a superb strategic educator in addressing the needs of an underserved market.

Aden and Marjorie Meinel Technology Achievement: Wolfgang Fink

For the development of transformational opto-medical examination and device tech, with particular focus on visual prostheses for the blind, ophthalmology, and tele-ophthalmology.

The complete listing of the SPIE Society Awards and recipients is available here.