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Current Award Winners

Each year SPIE recognizes outstanding achievements through its awards program. The Awards Committee is pleased to announce the 2018 SPIE Award recipients.

Robert Alfano, The City College of New York, New York, New York, USA, is the 2019 recipient of the SPIE Gold Medal Award in recognition of outstanding seminal achievements and contributions to advancement of knowledge on fundamental properties of materials and their interaction with light in areas of biology, condensed matter, semiconductors, tunable lasers, and biomedical optics.

James C. Wyant, College of Optical Sciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA, is the 2019 recipient of the SPIE Visionary Award for his role as founding dean of the College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona, for pioneering photonics at WYKO Corporation and 4D Technology, for deeply generous philanthropy to enable education in optics, and for thoughtful investment in the future of photonics.

Harrison Barrett Award for Medical Imaging

Arthur E. Burgess, Charles E. Metz, Robert F. Wagner  and Harrison H. Barrett are the recipients of the inaugural presentation of the SPIE Harrison H. Barrett Award in Medical Imaging.  SPIE presents this award in recognition of their many and significant contributions to Image Science applied to Medical Imaging.  

Samuel Achilefu, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri, USA, is the 2019 recipient of the SPIE Britton Chance Biomedical Optics Award.  SPIE presents this award in recognition of his transformative advancements in optical and molecular imaging that have pushed the boundaries of cancer care and treatment, and the clinical translation of his technologies to improve patient care.

Stephen A. Boppart, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, USA is the 2019 recipient of the SPIE Biophotonics Technology Innovator Award in recognition of the development of novel technology in computational optical coherence tomography and its applications to basic and clinical sciences.

Hubert M. Martin, is the 2019 recipient of the SPIE A.E. Conrady Award in recognition of exceptional contributions in design, construction, and testing of optical systems and instrumentation, without which the technology would not have progressed to its present state.

Sarah Bohndiek Sarah Elizabeth Bohndiek, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom, is one of two 2019 recipients of the SPIE Early Career Achievement Award - Academic focus - in recognition of pioneering work on optical imaging and spectroscopy, enhanced by the use of X-rays, magnetic resonance and photoacoustics. Of particularly note are the advances made in molecular imaging for cancer research.


Jeujun HuJuejun Hu, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, is the second of two 2019 recipients of the SPIE Early Career Achievement Award - Academic focus - in recognition of original contributions to integrated optics and photonics through innovative material and device engineering.

Mathias B. Steiner, IBM Research Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is the 2019 recipient of the Early Career Achievement Award - Industry focus - in recognition of pioneering and influential contributions to industrial and applied optics, especially the nanometer scale optical characterization and photonic application of one-dimensional and two-dimensional materials.

John Dudley, Institut Franche-Comte Electronique Mecanique Thermique et Optique, Besancon CEDEX, France, was named the 2019 recipient of the SPIE Harold E. Edgerton Award in recognition of pioneering applications of ultrashort-pulse measurement techniques in nonlinear fiber optics and specifically for studies of ultrafast self-similarity, supercontinuum generation, and novel classes of optical soliton and optical rogue waves. 

Min Gu, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Victoria Australia, is the 2019 winner of the SPIE Dennis Gabor Award in recognition of pioneering work in nanoscale information optics, including optically-digitized holography and optical data storage using advanced nanomaterials. Your ground-breaking research has led a new paradigm-shift in nanometric ultrathin wide-angle 3D display and Petabyte data storage.

Giovanni Fazio, Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics,Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, receives the 2019 SPIE George W. Goddard Award in Space and Airborne Optics in recognition of exceptional achievements in the area of infrared instruments spanning 40 years including the Infrared Array Camera (IRAC) aboard the Spitzer Space Telescope, which has made extraordinary discoveries from measuring the mass of the most distant galaxy (GN-z11) to finding and characterizing seven Earth-sized planets in the TRAPPIST-1 system.

Michael T. Eismann, Air Force Research Lab, Wright Patterson Afb, Ohio, USA, is the 2018 recipient of the Joseph W. Goodman Book Writing Award for Hyperspectral Remote Sensingpublished by SPIE Press in 2012.

Dr. Eismann will accept his award at Defense + Commercial Sensing in April 2018.

SPIE Kingslake 2018 Winners

2017 - Christof Pruß, Goran Bastian Baer, Johannes Schindler and Wolfgang Osten

The 2017 Rudolf Kingslake Medal and Prize is awarded to Christof Pruß,Goran Bastian Baer, Johannes Schindler and Wolfgang Osten for their paper entitled "Measuring aspheres quickly: tilted wave interferometry," from the November 2017 issue of Optical Engineering.

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John Pendry, Imperial College London, London, England, United Kingdom, is the 2019 winner of the SPIE Mozi Award in recognition of his eminent contributions to the development of perfect lens.

Joseph Shaw, Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana, USA, is the 2019 recipient of the SPIE G.G. Stokes Award in Optical Polarization in recognition of contributions made to the understanding of the distribution of optical polarization in the natural environment through the development of instruments, measurement methods, and analysis techniques.

Joe C. Campbell, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA, is the 2019 recipient of the SPIE Aden and Marjorie Meinel Technology Achievement Award for his pioneering and sustained contributions to high speed, low noise avalanche photodiodes used in optical communication systems.

Wolfgang Osten, University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany, is the 2019 recipient of the SPIE Chandra S. Vikram Award in Optical Metrology in recognition of his significant contributions to the development of wide-scale optical imaging and metrology. Your work has stimulated new approaches and technologies for the inspection of nano, micro, and macro objects as well.

Rick P. Trebino, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, is the 2019 SPIE Maria J. Yzuel Educator Award winner in recognition of his outstanding contributions to pioneering educational practices in optics and their implementation.  Of particular note are his writing of the first textbook on ultrashort-pulse measurement, his innovative short-course instruction at conferences and elsewhere, and his creation of high-quality multimedia-complete optics lectures at both graduate and undergraduate levels.

Sarah BohndiekAkiyoshi Suzuki, Gigaphoton Inc., Oyama-Shi, Tochigi, Japan, is one of two 2019 SPIE Frits Zernike Award in Microlithography winners.  Dr. Suzuki recieves this award in recognition of innovative contributions made on all phases of lithography exposure tools from proximity printing, projection steppers, projection scanners, 1X and reduction types, reflective and refractive types, g-line, I-line, 248nm, 193nm, and 13.5nm.


Obert Wood IIObert Wood II, New York, New York, USA, is the second of two 2019 SPIE Frits Zernike Award in Microlithography winners.  Dr. Wood recieves this award in recognition of his pioneering contributions to EUV lithography, from conception to the threshold of high volume manufacturing.

William H. Arnold, ASML US Inc., Chandler, Arizona, USA, has been selected as recipient of the 2019 SPIE President's Award. The SPIE President's Award recognizes his dedicated and generous commitment to SPIE through outstanding service, guidance, engagement, and leadership. His decades of work to champion a range of activities that ensure SPIE continues to be relevant to industry, has assured not only the betterment of the Society, but the entire photonics community.

Carmiña Londoño, National Science Foundation, Alexandria, Virginia, USA, has been selected as recipient of the 2019 SPIE Directors' Award.  The award recognizes Londoño's exceptional contributions to SPIE, her work on numerous conference and leadership committees, her advocacy for public policy that supports photonics, shaping the student chapter program, service as the SPIE representative to the International Commission for Optics, and co-founding the SPIE Women in Optics program.