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SPIE Member News

Honors, major achievements, and milestones noted by members of the SPIE community.

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14 December 2018
Michael T. Eismann receives a Presidential Rank Award for 2018

SPIE Fellow Michael T. Eismann has been recognized by the White House with a Presidential Rank Award for 2018.

26 November 2018
Can Bayram awarded the 2018 IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in Optics

The International Commission for Optics awards SPIE Senior Member Can Bayram the 2018 IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in Optics.

23 November 2018
Five SPIE Fellows named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has elected 416 new Fellows in 2018 including five SPIE Fellows.

20 November 2018
'María Josefa Yzuel' building in the Walqa Technology Park

The government of Aragon, Spain named a university building in the Walqa Technology Park after SPIE Fellow and 2009 SPIE President María Josefa Yzuel.

14 November 2018
Gabe Spalding elected to American Association of Physics Teachers Board

SPIE Fellow Gabe Spalding joins the Board of Directors of the American Association of Physics Teachers, an association dedicated to improving physics education.

05 November 2018
2019 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences awarded to Xiaowei Zhuang

Xiaowei Zhuang, senior editor of the SPIE journal, Neurophotonics, received the 2019 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences at the Breakthrough Prize Ceremony 4 November.

31 October 2018
Cather Simpson elected Fellow of the Royal Society Te Apārangi

SPIE Member and University of Auckland Professor M. Cather Simpson has been elected Fellow by the Royal Society Te Apārangi.

29 October 2018
Judith Su awarded the Dr. Horace Furumoto Innovations Professional - Young Investigator Award

The American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery named SPIE Member Judith Su the recipient of the Dr. Horace Furumoto Innovations Professional - Young Investigator Award for 2019.

25 October 2018
The Cooper Union appoints Barry Shoop new engineering dean

SPIE Fellow Barry Shoop has been named as the new Dean of the Albert Nerken School of Engineering at The Cooper Union.

08 October 2018
SPIE President Maryellen Giger receives the 2019 iCON Innovator Award from the iBIO

The Illinois Biotechnology Innovation Organization recognizes SPIE President and Fellow Maryellen Giger.

01 October 2018
Mark Clampin named director of NASA Sciences and Exploration Directorate

SPIE Fellow Mark Clampin was promoted from deputy director to director of the Sciences and Exploration Directorate at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

28 September 2018
Nanophotonics pioneer Naomi Halas receives the 2019 American Chemical Society Award in Colloid Chemistry

The American Chemical Society honored SPIE Fellow Naomi Halas with the 2019 ACS Award in Colloid Chemistry.

12 September 2018
Bruce Tromberg to lead the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

The National Institutes of Health selected SPIE Fellow Bruce Tromberg to head the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering.

17 August 2018
Maryellen Giger attends the 60th annual meeting of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine

SPIE President Maryellen Giger met with 2018 AAPM President, Bruce R. Thomadsen while attending their annual meeting.

26 July 2018
Herzl Aharoni elected Fellow of the European Physical Society

SPIE Fellow Herzl Aharoni named one of only two Fellows of the European Physical Society in 2018.

24 July 2018
The Institute of Physics awards 2018 Daphne Jackson Medal and Prize to Jess Wade

SPIE Early Career Professional Member Jess Wade named winner of the 2018 Daphne Jackson Medal and Prize for her for exceptional contributions to physics education and to widening participation within it.

05 July 2018
Bruce Smith honored for his innovative work impacting advanced microelectronics

SPIE Fellow Bruce Smith named 2018 Inventor of the Year by the Rochester Intellectual Property Law Association at a ceremony on 12 June.

27 June 2018
In memoriam: Wolfgang-Martin Boerner, renowned researcher in remote sensing and radar

SPIE Fellow Wolfgang-Martin Boerner, professor emeritus of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago, passed away 25 May.

25 June 2018
Ultrafast-laser pioneer Ursula Keller receives the 2018 European Inventor Award

The European Patent Office honored SPIE Fellow Ursula Keller with the European Inventor Award 2018 in the "Lifetime achievement" category.

20 June 2018
Rebecca Richard-Kortum named US science envoy

The State Department selected SPIE Fellow Rebecca Richards-Kortum to serve as a US science envoy. She is one of only 23 scientists ever selected for this prestigious position.

18 June 2018
Babak Shadgan receives 2018 MSFHR Scholar Award

The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research awarded SPIE Senior Member Babak Shadgan a 2018 Scholar Award to help establish a biophotonics laboratory in Vancouver, British Columbia.

05 June 2018
Ashlesha Patil awarded SPIE Graduate Student FoTO Scholarship in Optical Sciences

Ashlesha Patil is the 2018-19 recipient of the $20,000 SPIE Graduate Student Endowed Scholarship in Optical Sciences, part of the Friends of Tucson Optics (FoTO) Scholarship Program at the University of Arizona.

28 May 2018
Akhlesh Lakhtakia named an Evan Pugh Professor

The Pennsylvania State University honored SPIE Fellow Akhlesh Lakhtakia with an Evan Pugh Professorship.

25 May 2018
Zakya Kafafi receives the 2017 Hillebrand Prize

The Chemical Society of Washington awarded SPIE Fellow Zakya Kafafi with the Hillebrand Prize at a ceremony in March.

06 May 2018
Two recipients awarded the inaugural Robert “Bob” Novak Memorial Scholarship

Supported by SPIE and APOMA, Monroe Community College selected two students to receive scholarships honoring the memory of Bob Novak.

03 May 2018
Barry Johnson elected Fellow of the Institute of Physics

SPIE Past-President Barry Johnson elected to the rank of Fellow in the Institute of Physics.

22 February 2018
Multiple SPIE members elected to the National Academy of Engineering

Multiple SPIE members elected to the National Academy of Engineering

10 January 2018
MJ Soileau honored by Photonics Spectra in "Beacons of the Photonics Industry"

Nominated by his peers, SPIE Fellow MJ Soileau was selected by the editorial staff of Photonics Media as an 'Industry Beacon' in photonics by Photonics Spectra.

08 January 2018
Chris Barty joins the University of California Irvine Convergence Optical Sciences Initiative

SPIE Fellow Christohper PJ Barty joins UCI as the first professor in the BLIMC-led Convergence Optical Sciences Initiative.

04 January 2018
Jennifer Barton named director of BIO5 Institute

SPIE Fellow Jennifer Barton has been chosen to lead the BIO5 Institute at the University of Arizona.

03 January 2018
Several SPIE innovators named 2017 National Academy of Inventors Fellows

The National Academy of Inventors has named 155 leaders of academic invention to NAI Fellow status, including 11 Members of the SPIE community.

02 January 2018
In memoriam: Valentin Vlad, Romanian engineer and physicist

SPIE Fellow Ionel-Valentin Vlad, president of the Romanian Academy, passed away in Bucharest.