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SPIE Fellow Aydogan Ozcan has been named a Guggenheim Fellow by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

14 April 2017

Aydogan Ozcan
Aydogan Ozcan

On 6 April the Board of Trustees of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation approved the awarding of 173 Guggenheim Fellowships to a diverse group of scholars, artists, and scientists, including SPIE Fellow Aydogan Ozcan. Dr. Ozcan is a Chancellor’s Professor at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and an HHMI Professor with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, leading the Bio- and Nano-Photonics Laboratory at UCLA Electrical Engineering and Bioengineering Departments, and is also the Associate Director of the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) at UCLA.

Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for individuals who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts. The Foundation receives approximately 3,000 applications each year, of which approximately 175 Fellowships are awarded. Ozcan is recognized for his contributions to the fields of medicine and health, having 33 issued patents and more than 20 pending patent applications for his inventions in telemedicine, mobile health, nanoscopy, wide-field imaging, lensless imaging, nonlinear optics, fiber optics, and optical coherence tomography.

Since its establishment in 1925, the Foundation has granted more than $350 million in Fellowships to over 18,000 individuals, among whom are Nobel laureates, Fields Medalists, Turing Award winners, winners of the Pulitzer Prize, and other important, internationally recognized honors. Ozcan fits the mold having won several awards and distinctions including the 2011 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers as well as awards from SPIE including the inaugural SPIE BioPhotonics Technology Innovator Award and the SPIE Early Career Achievement Award.

Beyond award recognition, Ozcan is very active in the Society. He has presented dozens of times at SPIE events, served as session and conference chairs on program committees, and participated in industry panels. He has also published proceedings with SPIE and authored journal articles. His contributions to SPIE and the overall photonics community earned him Senior Member status in 2011 and Fellow status in 2013.

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