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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 2017 SPIE Award recipients.

Katarina Svanberg, Professor of Oncology, Lund University Hospital, Division of Oncology, Lund, Sweden, and also active at South China Normal University, Guangzhou, is the 2017 recipient of the Gold Medal Award in recognition of her  extraordinary contributions to Biophotonics, in particular her clinical work exploring and verifying the efficacy of phototherapy and in vivo diagnosis. This award also acknowledges her dedication to building scientific and medical infrastructure in Africa and inspiring young people across the world.


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Christopher H. Contag, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA, is the 2017 recipient of the SPIE Britton Chance Biomedical Award.  SPIE presents this award in recognition of his impact on the study of living biology. With his invention of in vivo optical imaging using bioluminescent and fluorescent reporters, and by making laboratory animal models essentially transparent for scientific discovery his work has significantly impacted the fields of oncology, infection, stem cell biology, and regenerative medicine.


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Mikhail Y. Schelev, formerly of the Prokhorov General Physics Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Mosco, Russian Federation, was named the 2017 recipient of the Harold E. Edgerton Award in recognition of his seminal contributions to the field of high-speed photoelectronic image recording, encompassing fundamental photoelectronics, ultra-high resolution electron-optical image tube design and fabrication, and high speed (picosecond, femtosecond) image recording in the X-ray, UV, visible and Infrared spectral regions. 

Toyohiko Yatagai, Center for Optical Research and Education, Utsunomiya University, Utsunomiya, Tochigi, Japan, is the 2017 winner of the Dennis Gabor Award in recognition of his significant contributions to the development of computer-generated holography, and related techniques for optical metrology, information processing, display and optical storage.

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The New Horizons Optical Instrumentation Team, led by Southwest Research Institute, including team members from the Alice, Ralph, and LORRI instruments, receives the 2017 George W. Goddard Award in recognition of the team's efforts in developing the innovative instruments that returned first-ever images and data of Pluto and its moons, helping to better understand distant worlds.

2016 - Peter J. de Groot and James F. Biegen

The 2016 Rudolf Kingslake Medal and Prize is awarded to Peter J. de Groot and James F. Biegen for their paper entitled "Interference microscope objectives for wide-field areal surface topography measurements", from the July 2016 issue of Optical Engineering.

Christian Brosseau, Université de Bretagne Occidentale, Brest Cedex 3, France is the 2017 recipient of the G.G. Stokes Award in recognition of his contributions to the theory of polarization of light, particularly for work on statistical optics, and polarization applications in optical information processing.

Mitsuo Takeda, Utsunomiya University, Utsunomiya, Tochigi, Japan, is the 2017 recipient of the Chandra S. Vikram Award in recognition of his invention of the Fourier transform method of interferogram fringe analysis and coherence holography and many industrial applications of three-dimensional shape measurements. 

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Donis Flagello, Nikon Research Corporation of America, Belmont, California, USA, is the 2017 recipient of the Frits Zernike Award for Microlithography in recognition of his efforts in developing the understanding and improvement of image formation in optical lithography for semiconductor manufacturing.

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Maiken H. Mikkelsen, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, USA, is the 2017 recipient of the Early Career Achievement Award - Academic focus - in recognition of her seminal contributions to the understanding of light-matter interactions and ultrafast emission dynamics in plasmonic systems.

Utkarsh Sharma, Optovue, Inc., Fremont, California, USA, is the 2017 recipient of the Early Career Achievement Award - Industry focus- in recognition of his demonstrated leadership and innovation in developing novel ideas to successful clinical translation and commercialization. In particular, the development of first FDA cleared optical coherence tomography (OCT) angiography and other advanced OCT technologies.  

John E. Greivenkamp, University of Arizona,Tucson, Arizona, is the 2017 Educator Award winner in recognition of his demonstrated dedication to both formal and informal optics education, his passion for transferring his knowledge to the next generation of engineers and inspiring students of all descriptions to an appreciation of science.  

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Edward J. Delp III, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA, is the 2017 recipient of the Technology Achievement Award for his pioneering work in multimedia security including watermarking and device forensics, and for his contributions to image and video compression.

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Brian Lula, Physik Instrumente, Auburn, Massachusetts, USA, has been selected as recipient of the 2017 SPIE Preident's Award.  The SPIE President's Award recognizes Mr. Lula's commitment to SPIE through outstanding service, leadership, guidance, involvement in governance, and public outreach on behalf of the Society.  The award will be presented to Mr. Lula at Optics & Photonics in San Diego, CA.

Kenneth M. Hanson, Los Alamos Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA, has been selected as recipient of the 2017 SPIE Directors' Award.  The award recognizes Hanson's substantial contributions to the SPIE Medical Imaging symposium and to outstanding advancements in medical image quality, restoration, and 3D reconstruction techniques.  The award will be presented to Dr. Hanson at Optics & Photonics in San Diego, CA.

Valery Tuchin, is the 2016 recipient of the Joseph W. Goodman Book Writing Award for Tissue Optics: Light Scattering Methods and Instruments for Medical Diagnosis, 3rd ed., published by SPIE Press in 2015.

Professor Tuchin was presented with his award at SPIE Photonics Europe in April 2016.

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