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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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13 November 2019
SPIE, the International Society for Optics and Photonics, Announces Its 2020 Society Awards

The Awards Committee of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, today announced the recipients of its prestigious annual awards. Honoring transformative advancements in multiple areas — including medicine, astronomy, lithography, optical metrology, and community-focused achievements — the Society's awards recognize technical accomplishments as well as committed service to SPIE and the support of its organizational mission.

23 October 2019
Registration opens for SPIE Photonics West 2020

In February 2020, SPIE Photonics West, the largest annual international conference in optics and photonics, will host researchers, innovators, and business leaders from across the globe at San Francisco's Moscone Center.

25 September 2019
SPIE Welcomes Applicants for Its 2020 Startup Challenge

Applications are open for the 2020 SPIE Startup Challenge. The annual entrepreneurial pitching competition is held by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, in conjunction with Photonics West.

17 September 2019
SPIE Partners with Laser Focus World on Market Seminar

SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, and Laser Focus World, owned by Endeavor Business Media, have agreed to partner on the well-established Lasers & Photonics Marketplace Seminar starting with the San Francisco-based SPIE Photonics West in February 2020.

04 September 2019
SPIE Journal of Applied Remote Sensing Honors Three Teams with Best Paper Awards

Exceptional articles in interdisciplinary applications, theoretical innovation, and photo-optical instrumentation and design published in the Journal of Applied Remote Sensing, published by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, have been recognized with best paper awards.

28 August 2019
New Optical Array, Multisite Stimulator Advances Optogenetics

In an article published in the peer-reviewed, open-access SPIE publication Neurophotonics, "A multi-site microLED optrode array for neural interfacing," researchers present an implantable optrode array capable of exciting below-surface neurons in large mammal brains at two levels, both by structured-light delivery and large-volume illumination. This development is promising for studies aiming to link neural activity to specific cognitive functions in large mammals.

21 August 2019
Improved Functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy Enables Enhanced Brain Imaging

In an article published in the peer-reviewed SPIE publication Neurophotonics, "High density functional diffuse optical tomography based on frequency domain measurements improves image quality and spatial resolution," researchers demonstrate critical improvements to functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS)-based optical imaging in the brain.

19 August 2019
SPIE, the International Society for Optics and Photonics, Welcomes 106 New Senior Members

SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, welcomes 106 new Senior Members this year. For the first time, a majority of the annual cohort hail from outside the United States, including our first-ever Senior Members from Chile, Sergio Torres of the University de Concepción, and Morocco, Zouheir Sekkat of the Moroccan Foundation for Advanced Science, Innovation and Research.

15 August 2019
Juejun Hu Wins 2019 Academic Early Career Achievement Award

Yesterday evening, at the 2019 Awards Banquet at SPIE Optics + Photonics in San Diego, SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, honored Juejun Hu with the Early Career Achievement Award in the academic field, in recognition of his original contributions to integrated optics and photonics through innovative material and device engineering.

15 August 2019
Carmiña Londoño Wins 2019 SPIE Directors’ Award

Yesterday evening, at the Awards Banquet at SPIE Optics + Photonics in San Diego, SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, honored Carmiña Londoño with its 2019 SPIE Directors' Award.

15 August 2019
William H. Arnold Wins the 2019 SPIE President’s Award

Yesterday evening, at the 2019 Awards Banquet at SPIE Optics + Photonics in San Diego, SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, honored William H. Arnold with its President's Award. The SPIE President's Award is presented to an individual who, in the opinion of the President and the Board of Directors, has rendered a unique and meritorious service of outstanding benefit to the Society.

15 August 2019
James C. Wyant Wins the 2019 SPIE Visionary Award

Yesterday evening, at the Awards Banquet at SPIE Optics + Photonics in San Diego, SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, honored James C. Wyant with its 2019 Visionary Award. SPIE recognized Wyant for his role as the founding dean of the College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona; for pioneering photonics at WYKO Corporation and 4D Technology; for generous philanthropy that enables education in optics; and for thoughtful investment in the future of photonics.

15 August 2019
Joseph Shaw Wins 2019 SPIE G.G. Stokes Award in Optical Polarization

Yesterday evening, at the Awards Banquet at SPIE Optics + Photonics in San Diego, SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, honored Joseph Shaw with its G.G. Stokes Award in Optical Polarization. Shaw was recognized for 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.

15 August 2019
Four Authors of SPIE Optical Engineering Paper Win SPIE Rudolf and Hilda Kingslake Medal and Prize

Yesterday, at the Awards Banquet at SPIE Optics + Photonics in San Diego, SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, presented Christopher A. Bailey, Bobby R. Hunt, Amber L. Iler, and Michael A. Rucci with the Society's Rudolf and Hilda Kingslake Medal and Prize.

15 August 2019
Wolfgang Osten Wins 2019 SPIE Chandra S. Vikram Award in Optical Metrology

Yesterday evening, at the Awards Banquet at SPIE Optics + Photonics in San Diego, SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, honored Wolfgang Osten with its Chandra S. Vikram Award in Optical Metrology. The SPIE Chandra S. Vikram Award in Optical Metrology is presented for exceptional contribution to the field of optical metrology. Osten was recognized for his significant contributions to the development of wide-scale optical imaging and metrology, which have stimulated new approaches and technologies for the inspection of nano, micro, and macro objects.

15 August 2019
Giovanni Fazio Wins the 2019 SPIE George W. Goddard Award in Space and Airborne Optics

Yesterday evening, at the 2019 Awards Banquet at SPIE Optics + Photonics in San Diego, SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, honored Giovanni Fazio with the Society's George W. Goddard Award in Space and Airborne Optics. Fazio, a senior physicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, is being recognized for his exceptional achievements in the area of infrared instruments.

15 August 2019
Min Gu Wins the 2019 SPIE Dennis Gabor Award in Diffractive Optics

Yesterday evening, at the Awards Banquet at SPIE Optics + Photonics in San Diego, SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, honored Min Gu with the Society's Dennis Gabor Award in Diffractive Optics. Named after the Nobel-winning inventor of holography, the SPIE Dennis Gabor Award is presented in recognition of outstanding accomplishments in diffractive wavefront technologies, especially those that further the development of holography and metrology applications. This year's award recognizes Gu's pioneering work in nanoscale information optics, including optically digitized holography and optical data storage using advanced nanomaterials.

15 August 2019
Joe C. Campbell Wins 2019 SPIE Aden and Marjorie Meinel Technology Achievement Award

Yesterday evening, at the Awards Banquet at SPIE Optics + Photonics in San Diego, SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, honored Joe. C. Campbell with the Society's Aden and Marjorie Meinel Technology Achievement Award. Campbell is recognized for his pioneering contributions to high-speed, low-noise avalanche photodiodes (APDs) used in optical communication systems.

15 August 2019
Mathias B. Steiner Wins SPIE 2019 Industry Early Career Achievement Award

Yesterday evening, at the 2019 Awards Banquet at SPIE Optics + Photonics in San Diego, SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, honored Mathias B. Steiner with an Early Career Achievement in Industry. The award recognizes Steiner's pioneering and influential contributions to industrial and applied optics, especially the nanometer-scale optical characterization and photonic application of one- and two-dimensional materials.

15 August 2019
Hubert Martin Wins the 2019 SPIE A.E. Conrady Award in Optical Engineering

Yesterday evening, at the Awards Banquet at SPIE Optics + Photonics in San Diego, SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, honored Hubert Martin with the 2019 A.E. Conrady Award in Optical Engineering. The award recognizes Martin's exceptional contributions in the design, construction, and testing of optical systems and instrumentation.

15 August 2019
Robert Alfano Wins the 2019 SPIE Gold Medal

Yesterday evening, at the Awards Banquet at SPIE Optics + Photonics in San Diego, SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, honored Robert Alfano with its Gold Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the Society. Since 1977, it has been awarded in recognition of outstanding engineering or scientific accomplishments in optics, photonics, electro-optics, or imaging technologies or applications. Recipients have made an exceptional contribution to the advancement of relevant technology.

15 August 2019
Anita Mahadevan-Jansen of Vanderbilt University elected to SPIE presidential chain

SPIE 2019 President Jim Oschmann, Ball Aerospace, retired, made the announcement along with other SPIE election results at the Annual General Meeting of the Society on 13 August during SPIE Optics + Photonics in San Diego. Terms begin 1 January 2020.

13 August 2019
With $500,000 Grant to University of Arizona, SPIE Launches $2.5 Million Endowment Matching Program

Today, SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, announces a $2.5 million, five-year, educational-funding initiative. The SPIE Endowment Matching Program will enhance educational capacity in optics and photonics by supporting endowment funding at qualified institutions. The program adds to the more than $4 million that SPIE devotes annually to community support, including scholarships, travel grants, and student programs. The program's first grant of $500,000 creates the SPIE Chair in Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona.

12 August 2019
All-Optical Diffractive Neural Network Closes Performance Gap with Electronic Neural Networks

A new paper in Advanced Photonics, an open-access journal co-published by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, and CLP, the Chinese Laser Press, demonstrates distinct improvements to the inference and generalization performance of diffractive optical neural networks.

05 August 2019
SPIE Applauds Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019 Agreement

SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, applauds the signing of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019, which provides the critical federal funding needed in order to invest in scientific research and innovation, into law. As a membership society committed to working with and supporting the work of science-based researchers, educators, and industry, SPIE proactively advocates for science funding to be prioritized by US federal agencies, and will continue to do so.

23 July 2019
Science Societies Announce 2019-2020 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 of Christina Willis and Daniel Broberg as 2019-2020 Congressional Science and Engineering Fellows. Each will serve a one-year term in Washington, D.C., U.S.A., as a special legislative assistant for a member of the U.S. Congress or as a staff member for a congressional committee.

26 June 2019
John Dudley Wins the 2019 SPIE Harold E. Edgerton Award

Earlier today, at the SPIE Optical Metrology conference in Munich, SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, honored John Dudley, a professor of physics at the Université de Franch-Comté and head of the Optoelectronics, Photonics, and Telecommunications research group within the CNRS research institute FEMTO-ST, with its 2019 Harold E. Edgerton Award. In 2014, he was the recipient of the Society's President's Award.

20 June 2019
SPIE To Acquire Photonex, UK’s Top Optics and Photonics Exhibition

SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, has agreed to purchase Xmark Media, tradeshow organizer of key photonics exhibitions and conferences in the UK including Photonex Europe, Vacuum Expo, Graphene Expo, and a range of regional photonics roadshows and university exhibitions. The acquisition expands SPIE activities in Europe, adding to established technical events in numerous locations - including Germany, France, and the Czech Republic - which are supported by the SPIE Europe office in Cardiff, UK. With an international constituency of individuals and companies from over 170 countries, SPIE will bring worldwide visibility to Photonex Europe, the UK's premier photonics exhibition.

17 June 2019
DOE and NSF Invite Public Input on Quantum

Both the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and its National Science Foundation (NSF) have posted separate notices in the Federal Register seeking input from the public regarding the implementation of quantum policies in the United States.

13 June 2019
New Imaging Modality Uses Lasers and Soundwaves to Target Cholesterol in Arterial Plaque

In an article published in the peer-reviewed SPIE publication Journal of Biomedical Optics (JBO), "Frequency-domain differential photoacoustic radar: theory and validation for ultra-sensitive atherosclerotic plaque imaging," researchers demonstrate a new imaging modality that successfully identifies the presence of cholesterol in the arterial plaque.

06 June 2019
SPIE-Endorsed STEM Bill Introduced in U.S. Senate

Today, U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Kamala Harris (D-CA), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced the Keep STEM Talent Act of 2019. The bill provides a clear path for international students studying at a U.S. institution in STEM advanced degrees to stay and work in the U.S. by exempting students who have criteria-approved job offers from the Green Card cap. It also offers dual intent for international students pursuing advanced degrees in STEM, meaning that students could claim interest in staying in the U.S. upon graduation when applying for a student visa.

03 June 2019
Precision Calibration Empowers Largest Solar Telescope

An article published in the SPIE publication Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems (JATIS), "Polarization Modeling and Predictions for DKIST Part 5: Impacts of enhanced mirror and dichroic coatings on system polarization calibration," marks a substantial advance in ensuring the accurate solar information measured and collected by the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST).

07 May 2019
SPIE Yaver Scholarship Awarded to AIP’s Bethany Johns

SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, has awarded its second Yaver Scholarship to SPIE Member Bethany Johns, manager of government relations and public policy at the American Institute of Physics. She intends to use the award to become a Certified Association Executive (CAE), through the America Society of Association Executives. During her studies, she'll maintain her current role with the America Institute of Physics.

02 May 2019
SPIE Journal of Nanophotonics Reports Novel Thermoelectric Nanoantenna Design For Use In Solar Energy Harvesting

In an article published in the SPIE Journal of Nanophotonics (JNP), researchers from a collaboration of three labs in Mexico demonstrate an innovative nanodevice for harvesting solar energy. The paper, "Thermoelectric efficiency optimization of nanoantennas for solar energy harvesting," reports that evolutive dipole nanoantennas (EDNs) generate a thermoelectric voltage three times larger than the classic dipole nanoantenna (CDN).

16 April 2019
New Survey Jointly Commissioned by SPIE and OSA Assesses Level of Harassment at Scientific Meetings

Results inform efforts by OSA and SPIE to work together on policies aimed at eliminating harassment

29 March 2019
New Computational Methodologies Enable Solid State Lighting to Measure and Self-Adjust Based on Conditions

Reported in the SPIE journal Optical Engineering, two computational methods combine to enable high spectral fidelity and short computational processing times for spectrally-tunable light sources

12 March 2019
SPIE Journal of Medical Imaging Article Reports Advances in 3D-printed Patient-Specific Models for Use with Diagnostic Software in Assessing Coronary Artery Disease

In an article published in SPIE's Journal of Medical Imaging (JMI), researchers announce critical advances in the use of 3D-printed coronary phantoms with diagnostic software, further developing a non-invasive diagnostic method for Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) risk assessment.

06 March 2019
SPIE Digital Library Hits Half-a-Million Milestone

The SPIE Digital Library (SDL), the online publishing platform of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, has reached a remarkable milestone of 500,000 publications.

28 February 2019
Haoyu Yang Receives Inaugural Nick Cobb Memorial Scholarship

On 25 February, 2019, at the SPIE Advanced Lithography Symposium in San Jose, California, Haoyu Yang was awarded the $10,000 Nick Cobb Memorial Scholarship by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, and Mentor Graphics, a Siemens Business, for his potential contributions to the field related to advanced lithography.

28 February 2019
SPIE Publishes Its 2019 Optics and Photonics Global Salary Report

Today, SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, published its 2019 Optics and Photonics Global Salary Report. The society's ninth annual salary report is the largest such study in the optics and photonics community, building on data from more than 6,000 individuals in 104 countries.

25 February 2019
Obert R. Wood II and Akiyoshi Suzuki Recognized with 2019 Frits Zernike Award For Contributions to the Semiconductor Lithography Field

Today, at SPIE Advanced Lithography in San Jose, California, Obert R. Wood II and Akiyoshi Suzuki were presented with the 2019 Frits Zernike Award. The award is presented annually for outstanding accomplishments in microlithographic technology, especially those furthering the development of semiconductor lithographic imaging solutions. This year, the award has dual recipients: Wood is recognized for his pioneering contributions to extreme-ultraviolet (EUV) lithography, while Suzuki receives the award in recognition of his multiple innovations on all phases of lithography exposure tools.

20 February 2019
SPIE Commends the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on Materials Science Report

A new report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, explores, assesses and outlines the next steps the United States must take in order to ensure robust and future advances in multiple areas including consumer goods, national security, and healthcare.

19 February 2019
SPIE 2019 Harrison H. Barrett Award in Medical Imaging Goes to Four Pioneers in the Field

On 18 February, at the SPIE Medical Imaging conference in San Diego, Harrison Barrett, Art Burgess, Charles Metz, and Robert Wagner were honored with the inaugural SPIE Harrison H. Barrett Award in Medical Imaging. The award is presented in recognition of outstanding accomplishments in medical imaging.

13 February 2019
Future of Optics and Photonics Shines Bright as 23,000 Researchers, Engineers, Buyers, and Suppliers Attend SPIE Photonics West 2019

From Saturday, 2 February, through Thursday, 7 February, San Francisco's Moscone Center showcased the latest in light-based science and technologies from across the globe. More than 23,000 registered attendees explored the world's largest technical and industry program at the 2019 SPIE Photonics West symposium, while more than 1,350 exhibitors packed the sold-out exhibition floor, making this the biggest Photonics West to date.

11 February 2019
Office-based, Non-invasive Prostate Cancer Treatment Is Top Winner of 2019 SPIE Startup Challenge at Photonics West

A technology company that aims to shift prostate-cancer treatment from an invasive surgical setting to a brief, office-based visit, won the top award at the 9th annual SPIE Startup Challenge at Photonics West on Wednesday, 6 February.

06 February 2019
SPIE and Photonics Media Prism Awards Recognize Groundbreaking Light-based Innovations in Ten Categories

Yesterday, at the annual Prism Awards, an evening invitation-only event held during the Photonics West Symposium in San Francisco, SPIE and Photonics Media, honored the best new optics and photonics products on the market.

05 February 2019
Sarah Bohndiek Wins 2019 SPIE Early Career Achievement Award

SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics presented Professor Sarah Elizabeth Bohndiek with a 2019 SPIE Early Career Achievement Award today. Bohndiek was recognized at the SPIE Fellows Luncheon during the Society's annual Photonics West Symposium in San Francisco.

05 February 2019
Innovator of Education in Optics Rick Trebino Wins the 2019 SPIE Maria J. Yzuel Educator Award

SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics presented SPIE Fellow and Professor of Physics at the Georgia Institute of Technology Rick Trebino with its 2019 SPIE Maria J. Yzuel Educator Award today for outstanding contributions to optics education. Trebino was recognized at the SPIE Fellows Luncheon during the Society's annual Photonics West Symposium in San Francisco.

03 February 2019
Samuel Achilefu’s Groundbreaking Translational Work Wins the 2019 SPIE Britton Chance Award in Biomedical Optics

Yesterday evening, at the BiOS Hot Topics session during Photonics West, SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, honored Dr. Samuel Achilefu with its 2019 Britton Chance Biomedical Optics Award. The award recognizes the transformative advancements in optical and molecular imaging in Achilefu's research - work that has pushed the boundaries of cancer care and treatment - as well as the clinical translation of his technologies to improve patient care. During the same session, Achilefu gave the keynote address, "Power of Light to See and Treat Cancer."

03 February 2019
Stephen Boppart Wins the 2019 Biophotonics Technology Innovator Award

Yesterday, at the BiOS Hot Topics session during Photonics West in San Francisco, SPIE, the international society for optics photonics, honored Stephen Boppart with its 2019 Biophotonics Technology Innovator Award.

28 January 2019
Advanced Photonics, a New SPIE-CLP Open-Access Journal, Publishes Its First Issue

Today SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, and Chinese Laser Press (CLP), published the inaugural issue of Advanced Photonics, a collaborative, open-access journal, featuring the most impactful fundamental and applied research across optics and photonics technologies.

16 January 2019
SPIE Journal of Applied Remote Sensing Honors Three With Best Paper Awards

Exceptional articles in interdisciplinary applications, theoretical innovation, and photo-optical instrumentation design in the Journal of Applied Remote Sensing have been given best paper awards. The honorees were selected by the journal's editorial board.

14 January 2019
SPIE, the International Society for Optics and Photonics, Announces 2019 Society Awards

The Awards Committee of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, today announced the recipients of its prestigious annual awards. Honoring transformative advancements in medical and molecular imaging, attosecond science, and infrared instrumentation to seminal work in biomedical optics, the Society's awards recognize technical accomplishments as well as committed service to SPIE and the support of its organizational mission.

10 January 2019
SPIE, the International Society for Optics and Photonics, Submits Its Comments on the US Government’s ANPRM on How to Control Emerging Technology

SPIE CEO Kent Rochford has submitted comments on behalf of SPIE, responding to the U.S. Department of Commerce's 19 November, 2018, advanced notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM), "Review of Controls for Certain Emerging Technologies."

08 January 2019
2019 SPIE Startup Challenge Semi-Finalists to Showcase Photonics Innovations in Healthcare, Lasers, Wearables, and IoT

Thirty-five photonics business startups from seven countries will participate in the 2019 SPIE Startup Challenge semi-finals, held during SPIE Photonics West on 5 February. On 6 February, six finalists will compete for cash prizes from Jenoptik as well as for business support from Challenge partners and sponsors.

07 January 2019
SPIE, the International Society for Optics and Photonics, Announces Its 2019 Fellows

SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, welcomes 88 Members as new Fellows of the Society this year. They are honored for their technical achievements, and for their service to the optics community and to SPIE.