SPIE Early Career Achievement Award - Academic

The SPIE Early Career Achievement Award is presented in recognition of significant and innovative technical contributions in the engineering or scientific fields of relevance to SPIE. This award recognizes excellence in academia. The contribution(s) must have been made within the first 5 years of a faculty appointment after completing training. Up to two awards may be made each year. Honorarium $2,000.

Laura Waller, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, California, USA, is the 2018 recipient of the SPIE Early Career Achievement Award - Academic focus - in recognition of her contributions to biomedical and industrial science through development of computational imaging hardware and software for phase retrieval, 3D imaging and partially coherent systems.

Previous Recipients of the SPIE Early Career Achievement Award

2017 - Maiken H. Mikkelsen
2016 - Jie Yao
2015 - Miriam Vitiello
2014 - Jeremy Nathan Munday
2013 - Timothy J. White
2012 - Andrea Alù
2011 - Aydogan Ozcan
2010 - Alberto Salleo 
2009 - Marc Kuchner
2008 - Sanjay Krishna


2017 - Maiken H. Mikkelsen

The SPIE Awards Committee has made this recommendation in recognition of her seminal contributions to the understanding of light-matter interactions and ultrafast emission dynamics in plasmonic systems.

2016 - Jie Yao

The SPIE Awards Committee has made this recommendation in recognition of his contributions to the investigation of light matter interaction at deep subwavelength scale, and development of optical materials for nanophotonic applications.

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2015 - Miriam Serena Vitiello

The SPIE Awards Committee has made this recommendation in recognition of her outstanding results in research on semiconductor laser sources and electronic high frequency nanodetectors which have opened new frontiers in the Terahertz photonics and optoelectronics fields.

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2014 - Jeremy Nathan Munday

The SPIE Awards Committee has made this recommendation in recognition of his innovative experimental and theoretical work on photonic engineering for solar energy devices and Casimir forces.

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2013 - Timothy J. White

The SPIE Awards Committee has made this recommendation in recognition of his innovative work in the development of light responsive materials and their employment as smart, remotely cued, optically and mechanically adaptive devices.

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2012 - Andrea Alù

The SPIE Awards Committee has made this recommendation in recognition of his pioneering contributions to optical metamaterials and plasmonic phenomena. 

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2011 - Aydogan Ozcan

The SPIE Awards Committee has made this recommendation in recognition of his pioneering contributions to non-destructive nonlinear material characterization techniques, nearfield and on-chip imaging, and diagnostic systems.


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2010 - Alberto Salleo

The SPIE Awards Committee has made this recommendation in recognition of his fundamental and highly influential contributions in large area electronics, polymer thin film transistors, and laser/material interactions.

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