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Press Releases

Press releases featuring the latest activity about SPIE events, pro bono, policy and partnership activities are listed chronologically and archived by year.

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14 November 2018
SPIE CEO Kent Rochford Elected to Photonics21 Board of Stakeholders

Kent Rochford, CEO of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, was elected to the Photonics21 Association's 100-member Board of Stakeholders last week.

30 October 2018
Registration opens for SPIE Photonics West 2019, the largest international optics and photonics event of the year

With three conference tracks, two exhibitions, a high-profile industry awards ceremony, a two-day AR/VR/MR conference, and the annual Startup Challenge, SPIE Photonics West showcases innovative technologies and ventures in biomedical optics, laser applications and optoelectronics for an estimated 23,000 registered attendees

23 October 2018
SPIE Journal of Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS, and MOEMS Publishes First Known English Translation of Seminal 1918 Paper by Walter H. Schottky

SPIE Journal of Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS, and MOEMS (JM3) today publishes an open-access English translation of Walter H. Schottky's key 1918 Annalen der Physik article "Über spontane Stromschwankungen in verschiedenen Elektrizitätsleitern."

15 October 2018
SPIE Announces the BreastPathQ Cancer Cellularity Challenge to Develop Automated Methods for Analyzing Tumor-burden Assessment in Breast Pathology

The Grand Challenge, conducted by SPIE in conjunction with the American Association of Physicists in Medicine and the National Cancer Institute, focuses on the development of automated methods for analyzing tumor-burden assessment in breast pathology using histology patches extracted from whole slide images. 

08 October 2018
SPIE joins other professional societies to discuss harassment in STEMM fields

Some 70 professional societies came together to work on making science, technology, education, math, and medicine fields harassment free.

17 September 2018
SPIE, the International Society for Optics and Photonics, Announces Three New Awards

Three new awards from SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, will acknowledge and celebrate innovative and progressive work being done in diversity outreach, medical imaging, and high-impact photonic technologies.

13 September 2018
SPIE, the international Society for Optics and Photonics, welcomes 136 new Senior Members

Dr. Nazif Demoli, of the Institute of Physics in Croatia; Dr. Yicong Zhou of the University of Macau; and Dr. Muhammad Faryad of Lahore University of Management Sciences are among the 136 SPIE members elevated to the rank of SPIE Senior Member this year. The academics, researchers and industry pioneers are being recognized for their professional experience, technical leadership, and active involvement with SPIE and the optics community.

29 August 2018
2018-19 Calendar from SPIE Showcases STEM Women from Across the Globe

Vinita Madill, space operations engineer, European Space Agency. Martha Sanchez, senior scientist, IBM Research. Jacklyn Novak, infrared materials engineer, LightPath Technologies. In the future, these names may be as recognized as that of Katherine Johnson, the NASA mathematician who just celebrated her 100th birthday. Today, they are among 26 scientists whose work and words are showcased in the annual calendar from SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics.

23 August 2018
Eugene Arthurs Wins 2018 SPIE President’s Award

SPIE Fellow and former CEO Eugene Arthurs was honored with the 2018 SPIE President's Award yesterday evening at SPIE Optics + Photonics' Annual Award Banquet. He received the award in recognition of his commitment to SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, and for his outstanding leadership in the field of optics and photonics, especially as it contributed to the growth and pervasiveness of SPIE's profile across the globe.

23 August 2018
Kishan Dholakia Wins 2018 SPIE Dennis Gabor Award

SPIE Fellow Kishan Dholakia of University of St. Andrews was honored with the 2018 SPIE Dennis Gabor Award for his work in optical-beam shaping using dynamic and static diffractive optics. His work has led to paradigm shifts in light manipulation, nano-surgery and imaging, as well as enabling new routes for the understanding of holographic light fields for a range of applications.

23 August 2018
Paul B. Corkum Awarded 2018 SPIE Gold Medal of the Society

Paul B. Corkum, of the Joint Laboratory for Attosecond Science at the University of Ottawa and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), received SPIE's top award for his development of new laser methods that led to the creation of the field of attoscience. His extensive career in physics includes introducing many of the concepts of how intense light pulses interact with atoms, molecules, and solids, as well as confirming those concepts experimentally.

23 August 2018
Tom Baur receives SPIE 2018 G. G. Stokes Award

Tom Baur, chairman of Meadowlark Optics received the 2018 SPIE G.G. Stokes Award yesterday evening at a ceremony during SPIE 2018 Optics + Photonics in San Diego. The founder of Meadowlark Optics was honored for a lifetime of leadership in polarization optical components, and for revolutionizing the polarization field through commercialization of liquid crystal variable retarders (LCVRs).

23 August 2018
James Grote Wins 2018 SPIE Directors’ Award

SPIE Fellow James Grote received the 2018 SPIE Directors' Award at a ceremony yesterday evening at SPIE Optics + Photonics. The award recognizes Grote's meritorious contributions to SPIE through years of service on the Board of Directors, the Symposia Committee, and numerous leadership- and conference-organizing committees.

23 August 2018
SPIE Fellow Din Ping Tsai Wins Inaugural Mozi Award

SPIE Fellow Din Ping Tsai, Director and Distinguished Research Fellow of the Research Center for Applied Sciences at Academia Sinica, President of Taiwan Information Storage Association, and professor in the Department of Physics at National Taiwan University, was honored with the first Mozi Award at the SPIE Optics + Photonics Awards Banquet In recognition of his contribution to the optical meta-lens and meta-devices areas.

22 August 2018
David Andrews of University of East Anglia elected to SPIE presidential chain

SPIE Members have elected David L. Andrews as Vice President of the not-for-profit optics and photonics society, along with electing Secretary/Treasurer Jason Mulliner and four new members of its Board of Directors. The results of the recent vote was announced yesterday at the annual general meeting of the society in San Diego, California.

20 July 2018
SPIE Journal of Medical Imaging Announces Public Availability of Largest Multi-Lesion Medical Imaging Dataset

A paper published today in the Journal of Medical Imaging - "DeepLesion: Automated mining of large-scale lesion annotations and universal lesion detection with deep learning," - announced the open availability of the largest CT lesion-image database accessible to the public. Such data are the foundations for the training sets of machine-learning algorithms; until now, large-scale annotated radiological image datasets, essential for the development of deep learning approaches, have not been publicly available.

28 June 2018
SPIE applauds Senate Introduction of Bipartisan Quantum Legislation, House Science Committee Action on Quantum Legislation

Yesterday, Chairman John Thune (R-SD) and Ranking Member Bill Nelson (D-FL) of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation introduced the National Quantum Initiative Act (H.R. 6227) in the U.S. Senate, bipartisan quantum legislation which will create a comprehensive national policy to encourage quantum research and technology and help establish a workforce capable of transforming that work into real-world applications.

13 June 2018
SPIE Applauds U.S. House Science Committee for National Quantum Initiative Legislation

The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology and its chairman, Lamar Smith (R-TX), yesterday released an outline of the National Quantum Initiative Act of 2018.

12 June 2018
Voting opens 9 July in SPIE 2018 Officers, Directors election

Voting in the 2018 election for Officers and Directors for SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, opened Monday, 9 July,  and closes 8 August.

21 May 2018
The Optical Society, Materials Research Society and SPIE Announce 2018-2019 Congressional Science and Engineering Fellows

The Optical Society (OSA), the Materials Research Society (MRS) and SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, are pleased to announce the selection Benjamin Isaacoff and Dylan Rittman as 2018-2019 Congressional Fellows. The Congressional Fellows will each serve a 1-year term as special legislative assistants on the staffs of U.S. congressional offices or committees in Washington, D.C. Isaacoff will serve as the 2018-2019 Arthur H. Guenther Congressional Fellow, which is co-sponsored by OSA and SPIE, while Rittman will serve as the 2018-2019 OSA/MRS Congressional Fellow. The two Fellows will begin their term in September 2018.

16 May 2018
SPIE celebrates the first International Day of Light on May 16, 2018

The International Day of Light (www.lightday.org) is a legacy activity of the highly successful 2015 International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL). The IYL included more than 13,000 activities that took place in 147 countries, reaching an estimated audience of more than 100 million, and raising worldwide awareness of the achievement of light science and its applications. Now, the International Day of Light (IDL) will provide an annual focal point for the continued appreciation of the central role that light plays in the lives of the citizens of the world in areas of science, culture and art, education, sustainable development, and in fields as diverse as medicine, communications and energy.

14 May 2018
Inaugural SPIE Yaver Scholarship awarded to Chris Maloney, a Messiah College for Strategic Leadership MBA candidate

SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, has awarded its first Yaver Scholarship to Chris Maloney. Maloney, a senior applications engineer at QED Technologies, is currently enrolled in an MBA program at Messiah College for Strategic Leadership. He holds a BS degrees in Physics from Roberts Wesleyan College, as well as a BS and MS in Microelectronic Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology.

14 May 2018
Philip J. Rogers honored with 2018 SPIE A.E. Conrady Award

During a ceremony immediately preceding the SPIE Optical Systems Design in Frankfurt, Germany this morning, SPIE Fellow Philip J. Rogers was awarded the A.E. Conrady Award by SPIE Vice-President John Greivenkamp. Rogers, owner of the UK-based optical design consulting firm VNF Ltd, received the award for his numerous significant contributions to the art of optical design - especially for designs optimized for manufacture - and for his efforts in furthering education in optical design.

08 May 2018
Higher numbers of visitors, exhibitors, participants herald SPIE Photonics Europe’s return to Strasbourg

A high-powered plenary line-up, a popular AR/VR/MR demo room, a terrific technical program, a bustling exhibition, and the success of a brand-new optical design competition for students set the tone for SPIE Photonics Europe's successful return Strasbourg this year.

30 April 2018
Breakthrough method in oil-spill sensing reported in SPIE Journal of Applied Remote Sensing

In an article published in SPIE's Journal of Applied Remote Sensing, researchers announce that optical remote sensing observations may provide close estimates of relative oil thickness/volume for large oil slicks in the ocean captured by satellites. This is a critical scientific advancement for monitoring large-scale oil spills using operational civilian satellites, according to Journal of Applied Remote Sensing associate editor, Weilin "Will" Hou, that will ultimately increase our ability to assess and understand the impact of oil spills on marine and coastal resources, as well as our ability to prepare appropriate responses for future spills.

26 April 2018
Nine students win big at SPIE Optical Design Competition: VR, AR, MR, at Photonics Europe

At an SPIE Photonics Europe ceremony in Strasbourg, France, today, Ms. Zhujun Shi, of Harvard University; Mr. David Dunn, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; and Mr. Ori Avayu, of Tel Aviv University won the first SPIE Optical Design Competition, with a cash prize of €5,000 each.

25 April 2018
Robust industry support marks SPIE DCS return to Orlando

More than 4,500 registered attendees, nearly 400 exhibiting companies, 24 industry sessions and 47 conferences with 1,918 technical presentations contributed to a rousing SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing symposium in Orlando, Florida, this year.

17 April 2018
Misty Blowers honored with 2018 SPIE Early Achievement Award

During a ceremony immediately preceding the SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing plenary yesterday evening in Orlando, Florida, USA, corporate director of strategic development Dr. Misty Blowers was awarded the 2018 SPIE Early Achievement Award, industry focus, for her dedication to advancing applied machine learning solutions to help solve real world problems, and for contributions to SPIE, the US Air Force, and US National Security.

17 April 2018
Michael T. Eismann honored with 2018 Joseph W. Goodman Book Writing Award

During a ceremony immediately preceding the SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing (DCS) plenary yesterday evening in Orlando, Florida, USA, Michael T. Eismann was awarded the Joseph W. Goodman Book Writing Award for Hyperspectral Remote Sensing. Dr. Eismann is being recognized for "an outstanding book in the field of optics and photonics that has contributed significantly to research, teaching, or the optics and photonics industry." Hyperspectral Remote Sensing was published by SPIE Press in 2012.

16 April 2018
SPIE, the international Society for Optics and Photonics, Announces Two of its Gold Medal winners as Plenary Speakers for 2018 Optics + Photonics

SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, announced today that its two symposia-wide plenary speakers at SPIE Optics +Photonics 2018 will be Federico Capasso, of the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University, and Paul. B Corkum, of the University of Ottawa's Joint Laboratory for Attosecond Science and the National Research Council of Canada. Both are SPIE Fellows, and both are winners of the SPIE Gold Medal, in 2013 and 2018 respectively.

06 April 2018
SPIE Announces New CEO

SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, announced today that Kent Rochford will be the organization's new CEO. A strong technical background in the field of optics paired with a long career in organizational management and advocacy of scientific research makes Dr. Rochford the ideal candidate to follow Eugene Arthurs, who will retire from SPIE on June 2.

29 March 2018
SPIE Photonics Europe returns to Strasbourg with new AR/VR/MR design challenge

With a record number of presentations and twice the number of exhibition vendors as 2016, this year's SPIE Photonics Europe is making an exciting return to Strasbourg 22-26 April.

27 March 2018
New Title for SPIE CFO

Bellingham-based SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, has promoted CFO Brad Ferguson to Chief Operating and Financial Officer. His new title is effective immediately.

26 March 2018
SPIE Applauds Passage of Omnibus Spending Bill

SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, supports the passage of H.R. 1625, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 as well as President Trump's decision to sign the bill into law.

07 March 2018
Funding for Scientific Research Marks New Canadian Federal Budget

On February 27, the Canadian federal government released its annual budget, including a nearly-$4 billion (US $3.1 billion) increase in funding for science over the next five years, and a sizeable amount of the funding will go directly to Canada's three granting councils a critical recognition on behalf of the government of the importance of fundamental research. According to Finance Minister Bill Morneau, the new budget represents "the single largest investment in investigator-led fundamental research in Canadian history."

07 March 2018
New Scholarship Honors the memory of SPIE Senior Member and Mentor Graphics Chief Engineer Nick Cobb

On 26 February, at the 2018 SPIE Advanced Lithography's plenary event, symposium chair Bruce Smith announced the creation of the Nick Cobb Memorial Scholarship. The new scholarship, jointly established and funded by SPIE and Mentor Graphics, honors the memory of SPIE Senior Member and Mentor Graphics Chief Engineer Nick Cobb who passed away last year. It also recognizes his groundbreaking contributions enabling optical and process proximity correction for IC manufacturing.

01 March 2018
SPIE and CLP launching Advanced Photonics journal

SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, and Chinese Laser Press (CLP), sponsored by Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics and the Chinese Optical Society, have entered into a partnership for a new journal, Advanced Photonics. This will be a highly selective, open-access, international journal publishing innovative fundamental and applied research in optics, photonics, and related fields.

27 February 2018
SPIE Journal of Biomedical Optics article reports new advances in deep tissue measurement of whole human blood flow velocity

In an article published in SPIE's Journal of Biomedical Optics, researchers announce new advances in measuring blood flow velocity in deep tissue.

14 February 2018
SPIE Responds to President’s FY19 Budget Request

On Monday President Trump released the administration’s FY2019 budget request. While some science agencies saw a request for significant cuts in funding, others were spared due to an addendum including additional funding for a limited set of Administration priorities

09 February 2018
Karl Andrew Stetson honored with SPIE Chandra S. Vikram Award in Optical Metrology

Karl Stetson Associates CEO honored for his work as holography pioneer

09 February 2018
Sterling J. Backus honored with SPIE Harold E. Edgerton Award

KMLabs chief scientist honored for contributions to the development of ultrafast lasers based on Ti:sapphire

08 February 2018
Imaging Platform PhotoniCare Wins Top Prize at SPIE Startup Challenge at Photonics West

A technology company that uses optical coherence tomography as a non-invasive method of diagnosing ear infections won the top award at the 8th annual SPIE Startup Challenge at Photonics West on Wednesday, 31 January.

07 February 2018
New Wave of Optics and Photonics On Display As 23,000 Registered Researchers, Engineers, Buyers, and Suppliers Converge at SPIE Photonics West 2018

Special sessions on virtual and augmented reality, autonomous vehicles, quantum technology, understanding the brain, and the frontiers of medical devices showcased the latest in industry and academic research and technologies at SPIE Photonics West 2018

01 February 2018
LiDAR, laser light module, nano-vibration sensor among winners in Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation

Ten outstanding new products from companies in four countries were named as winners in the 2018 Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation at a gala banquet on 31 January during SPIE Photonics West in San Francisco. The annual competition recognizes new products and inventions that break with conventional ideas, solve problems, and improve life through the generation and application of light-based technologies, and is sponsored by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, and Photonics Media.

29 January 2018
Laura Waller honored with SPIE Early Career Achievement Award – Academia

University of California at Berkeley associate professor honored for contributions to biomedical and industrial science through development of computational imaging hardware and software for phase retrieval, 3D imaging and partially coherent systems

29 January 2018
Paul Daniel Dapkus honored with SPIE Technology Achievement Award

University of Southern California professor honored for his pioneering work in the field of semiconductor optoelectronics

28 January 2018
Tayyaba Hasan honored with SPIE Britton Chance Biomedical Optics Award

Harvard Medical School and Harvard-Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor honored for contributions to the field of photodynamic therapy as well as for her leadership and service to the photonics community

28 January 2018
Elizabeth Hillman honored with SPIE Biophotonics Technology Innovator Award

Columbia University professor honored for her development of novel optical imaging techniques for biomedical applications

18 January 2018
2018 SPIE Startup Challenge semi-finalists chosen to pitch innovations in healthcare, imaging, and sensing

Twenty-four companies selected to compete at SPIE Startup Challenge, held during Photonics West, to share in $85,000 in prizes and business support.  Innovations include drug discovery, imaging diagnostics, food safety, and virtual reality.

17 January 2018
Inaugural $75,000 SPIE-Franz Hillenkamp Postdoctoral Fellowship awarded to Dr. Haley Marks

SPIE Member Dr. Haley Marks, a postdoctoral researcher at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (USA), is the recipient of the inaugural SPIE-Franz Hillenkamp Postdoctoral Fellowship in Problem-Driven Biophotonics and Biomedical Optics.

13 January 2018
SPIE 2018 awards honor laser development, photonics achievements and dedication to education

SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, has announced the winners of the 2018 SPIE awards, for achievements in attosecond science, imaging hardware and software, holography, and other areas. The awards also honor individuals’ dedication to sharing knowledge through formal and informal education in areas throughout the world.

11 January 2018
SPIE announces 73 new Fellows of 2018

SPIE has promoted 73 new Fellows of the Society this year, recognizing the significant scientific and technical contributions of each in the multidisciplinary fields of optics, photonics, and imaging. The new Fellows will be recognized at SPIE events of their choosing throughout the year.

10 January 2018
Once revolutionary, now dominant: OCT still shows rich potential for new applications

Special section in SPIE Journal of Biomedical Optics commemorates 25 years of OCT and takes a look into the future of the noninvasive imaging modality.

05 January 2018
Molecular imaging technique successfully identifies lung nodules for resection in patient with osteosarcoma

Utility of near-infrared molecular imaging in a patient undergoing pulmonary metastasectomy for osteosarcoma has been reported by researchers from Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and Purdue University.