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11 December 2017
David Payne and the Optoelectronics Research Centre receive Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education

SPIE Fellow David Payne and the Optoelectronics Research Centre at the University of Southampton awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education for many decades of innovation.

08 December 2017
Rick Millane elected Fellow of the Royal Society Te Apārangi

SPIE Fellow and University of Canterbury Professor Rick Millane has been elected Fellow by the Royal Society Te Apārangi.

05 December 2017
New Horizons in Physics Prize awarded to Christopher Hirata

SPIE Member Christopher Hirata received a New Horizons in Physics Prize at the Breakthrough Prize ceremony 3 December.

30 November 2017
The Institute of Physics awards 2017 Thomas Young Medal and Prize to Kishan Dholakia

SPIE Fellow Kishan Dholakia named winner of the 2017 Thomas Young Medal and Prize for his contributions to the field of optical micromanipulation using shaped light fields in liquid, air and vacuum.

28 November 2017
Austin Russell included in the 2018 edition of the Forbes 30 Under 30

Part of the Manufacturing and Industry segment, SPIE Member Austin Russell makes Forbes' 2018 list of 30 Under 30.

09 November 2017
In memoriam: James Wiltse, accomplished research engineer and expert in Fresnel zone plate antennas

SPIE Fellow James Wiltse, most recently a professor and researcher at Georgia Institute of Technology, passed away 22 September 2017 in Gainesville, Georgia.

03 November 2017
In memoriam: Richard Bennett, founder of the Andover Corporation

SPIE Member Richard Bennett, founder and president of the Andover Corporation, a longtime SPIE exhibitor and Corporate Member, died 21 October 2017 in Andover, Massachusetts.

30 October 2017
Joseph DeSimone receives Heinz Award for Technology, the Economy and Employment

The Heinz Family Foundation names SPIE Member Joseph DeSimone, a renowned chemist and expert in polymeric materials, one of five recipients of a 2017 Heinz Award.

26 October 2017
Frances Ligler named Innovator of the Year by North Carolina State University

SPIE Fellow Fran Ligler received the Innovator of the Year Award for her work in biosensors and fluid control technology.

23 October 2017
Thomas Thundat to serve as Professor of Empire Innovation at the University at Buffalo RENEW Institute

SPIE Fellow Thomas Thundat joins the University at Buffalo’s RENEW Institute and School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

18 October 2017
SPIE Members recognized for their highly innovative biomedical research

SPIE Members Charles Lieber and Yuebing Zheng are among 86 recipients of a 2017 National Institute of Health Director’s high-risk research award.

09 October 2017
An update from the SPIE CEO Search Committee

The SPIE CEO Search Committee reports on activities related to finding the next Chief Executive Officer of SPIE.

06 October 2017
L’Institut d’Optique to celebrate 100th anniversary

SPIE joins others in congratulating l'Institut d'Optique on its 100th anniversary, marked by a centenary week from 9 to 15 October 2017.

06 October 2017
SPIE supports the 13th International Conference on Correlation Optics

The Society awarded six SPIE Student Awards and provided financial support for invited lecturers and students at the conference in Chernivtsi, Ukraine.

05 October 2017
SPIE CEO is a featured speaker at Photonics Ireland 2017

SPIE CEO Eugene Arthurs and SPIE Manager of Membership and Community Services Bonnie Peterson traveled to Ireland to participate in the event and meet with constituents in September.

05 October 2017
Photonics will power Industry 4.0, say Photonics21 industry experts

Photonics will power Industry 4.0, enabling more efficient, cost-competitive, sustainable resource utilization and collaboration throughout the value chain, asserted participants in the Photonics 21 Production and Industry 4.0 expert meeting on 11 September in Frankfurt.

04 October 2017
Gary Sullivan and team to receive an Engineering Emmy

The Television Academy announced that it will give a 2017 Primetime Emmy Award to SPIE Fellow Gary Sullivan and the Joint Collaborative Team - Video Coding for the development of the HEVC standard.

03 October 2017
John-Mark Hopkins making a difference in Romania

SPIE Member John-Mark Hopkins works to help families in marginalized communities in the center of Romania.

26 September 2017
University of Surrey appoints David Sampson Vice-Provost of Research and Innovation

SPIE Fellow David Sampson, photonics pioneer, appointed Vice-Provost of Research and Innovation at the University of Surrey.

13 September 2017
In memoriam: Cody Kreischer, Master Optician, president of Kreischer Optics

SPIE Member Cody Kreischer, president of Kreischer Optics and advocate for optics education, died 13 June 2017 in McHenry, Illinois.

12 September 2017
In memoriam: Colin Green, co-owner and vice president of sales and marketing of PFG Precision Optics

Long time SPIE exhibitor Colin ‘Cody’ Green, co-owner of PFG Precision Optics, passed away 7 March 2017 in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.

08 September 2017
SPIE leaders congratulate Imperial College London on optics centenary

SPIE leaders joined 400 others in congratulating Imperial College London on its 100th anniversary of vibrant optics-based research and education.

07 September 2017
In memoriam: Nicolaas Bloembergen, laser spectroscopy Nobel Laureate

Laser spectroscopy pioneer and Nobel Laureate Nicolaas Bloembergen died 5 September at his home in Tucson, at age 97.

06 September 2017
Graeme Malcolm elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering

SPIE Member Graeme Malcolm, founder of M Squared Lasers, is one of 50 new Fellows named by the Royal Academy of Engineering.

28 August 2017
Austin Russell among MIT Technology Review's 35 Innovators Under 35

Creating better sensors for safer automated driving, SPIE Member Austin Russell makes MIT Technology Review's 2017 list of 35 Innovators Under 35.

14 August 2017
National Photonics Lab planned in Jena, Germany

SPIE Fellow Andreas Tünnermann among collaborators developing the National Photonics Lab in Jena, Germany encouraging international cooperation between scientific and industry partners.

08 August 2017
In Memoriam: C. John Buccini, Pioneer of Laser Interferometry

Former SPIE Member C. John Buccini, master engineer and significant contributor to the field of optomechanics, passed away 16 May in Wilmington, North Carolina.

04 August 2017
In memoriam: Arthur Burgess, author and renowned medical imaging researcher

SPIE Member Arthur Burgess, distinguished researcher and scientist in the field of medical imaging and visual perception, passed away 18 June in Vancouver, BC.

02 August 2017
Paras Prasad honored by Brazilian university

SPIE Fellow Paras Prasad receives honorary doctorate from the Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE) in Brazil.

25 July 2017
Clemson University names Cynthia Young Founding Dean for College of Science

SPIE Fellow Cynthia Young has been chosen to lead the College of Science at Clemson University as its founding dean.

20 July 2017
Andrew Woods named one of Australia's Most Innovative Engineers

SPIE Fellow Andrew Woods included in the 2017 list of Australia's Most Innovative Engineers by Engineers Australia for deep-water 3D imaging system design.

18 July 2017
In memoriam: Mireille Commandré, professor of optics and researcher in optics characterization and laser damage

SPIE Senior Member Mireille Commandré, a valued member of the Laser Damage community, passed away 11 July 2017 in Marseille, France.

14 July 2017
Eli Peli receives the 2017 Charles F. Prentice Medal from the American Academy of Optometry

American Academy of Optometry awards its most prestigious award for achievement in research to SPIE Fellow Eli Peli.

07 July 2017
NSF Award for SPIE Member Mini Das will target advanced microscopy techniques

SPIE Member Mini Das, director of the Imaging Physics Lab at University of Houston, has received a 5-year NSF CAREER Award to develop advanced, nondestructive microscopy techniques.

22 June 2017
Inventors of Medical Imaging with Optical Coherence Tomography Win 2017 European Inventors Award

SPIE Fellow and SPIE Board Member James Fujimoto, SPIE Member Robert Huber, and Eric Swanson win the 2017 European Inventor Award for medical imaging with optical coherence tomography.

22 June 2017
In memoriam: Pavel Tománek, professor and researcher in photonics, optoelectronics, and nanotechnology

SPIE Member Pavel Tománek, a renowned specialist in the field of photonics, optoelectronics, and nanotechnology, passed away 30 May 2017 in Brno, Czech Republic.

20 June 2017
Vincenzo Spagnolo will direct Thorlabs’ joint industry-university research lab, PolySense

Thorlabs, Inc. appoints SPIE Senior Member Vincenzo Spagnolo director of PolySense, a new joint industry-university research lab at the Polytechnic University of Bari in Italy..

16 June 2017
In memoriam: Astronomer and astrophysicist Jerry Nelson

SPIE Fellow and pioneering astronomer Jerry Nelson died 10 June at his home in Santa Cruz, California.

12 June 2017
Zhejiang University hosts ETOP 2017

Zhejiang University in Hangzhou hosted the 2017 ETOP (Education and Training in Optics and Photonics) conference in May, bringing together educators from around the world for the biennial conference on the practice of teaching optics at all levels. SPIE is among event sponsors.

04 June 2017
Jannick Rolland receives 2017 Edmund A. Hajim Outstanding Faculty Award

The University of Rochester Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences selected SPIE Fellow Jannick Rolland as the 2017 recipient of the Edmund A. Hajim Outstanding Faculty Award.

01 June 2017
Optics kits to be in hands of students in Madrid

SPIE Fellow and Spanish Royal Society Vice-President Maria Calvo has presented Explore Optics kits to a prize-winning high school teacher in Madrid.

22 May 2017
Naomi Halas and Ursula Keller receive the Weizmann Women and Science 2017 Award

Nanophotonics pioneer Naomi Halas and ultrafast laser innovator Ursula Keller, both SPIE Fellows, were selected to receive the biennial Women and Science Award from the Weizmann Institute of Science.

18 May 2017
In memoriam: Sasha Pearlman, leader in the optical instrumentation industry

SPIE Member Sasha Pearlman, founder and president of SPIE Corporate Member Opto-Alignment Technology, passed away 22 March in Charlotte, North Carolina.

04 May 2017
María Josefa Yzuel receives honorary doctorate degree from Universidad de Granada

SPIE Fellow and 2009 SPIE President María Josefa Yzuel will receive an honorary doctorate degree from Universidad de Granada (Spain) on 17 May.

03 May 2017
SPIE President-Elect Maryellen Giger visits Czech student chapters

SPIE President-Elect Maryellen Giger (University of Chicago) visited with student members and advisors from two universities while in Prague for SPIE Optics and Optoelectronics.

28 April 2017
Mercedeh Khajavikhan receives the University of Central Florida Reach for the Stars Award

The University of Central Florida recognized SPIE Member Mercedeh Khajavikhan as one of its brightest early career professors as part of their Founders’ Day celebration.

27 April 2017
SUNY Board of Trustees Appoints Kristina Johnson as 13th Chancellor

The State University of New York, the largest comprehensive system of public higher education in the U.S., names SPIE Fellow Kristina Johnson as its 13th Chancellor.

25 April 2017
In memoriam: Joe Geary, author and educator, expert in optical testing and lens design

SPIE Fellow, author and instructor, Joe Geary, Professor Emeritus at the Center for Applied Optics at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, died on 11 April.

21 April 2017
Kathleen Richardson receives 2017 George W. Morey Award

The American Ceramic Society will present SPIE Fellow Kathleen Richardson with the 2017 George W. Morey Award.

20 April 2017
Zhenan Bao receives 2017 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Award

SPIE Fellow Zhenan Bao recognized at the 19th edition of the L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards ceremony in Paris 23 March.

14 April 2017
Aydogan Ozcan awarded Fellowship by the Guggenheim Foundation

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

13 April 2017
Prem Kumar receives the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service

The US Secretary of Defense presented SPIE Fellow Prem Kumar with the 2017 Medal for Outstanding Public Service.

07 April 2017
David Hagan receives the University of Central Florida Pegasus Professor Award

The University of Central Florida awards its highest academic honor to SPIE Fellow David Hagan.

28 March 2017
SPIE Fellows and Members inducted into the 2017 College of Fellows by the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering

The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) inducted over 150 new members into the College of Fellows including 17 SPIE Fellows and Members.

20 March 2017
María J. Yzuel receives Gender Equality Award - igUAldad 2107

SPIE Past President María Josefa Yzuel has been awarded the 2017 Gender Equality Award by the University of Alicante, Spain, in recognition for her commitment to gender equality and her academic and scientific careers.

10 March 2017
In memoriam: Eugene Turner, SPIE Fellow and Past President, recipient of the Directors' Award

SPIE Fellow and Past President Eugene Turner, longtime prominent staff member of the Aerospace Corporation, passed away on 28 February in Torrance, California.

07 March 2017
In memoriam: Richard Scheps, author and researcher in laser and electro optics

SPIE Press author and course instructor Richard Scheps, an expert in solid state lasers, passed away 7 October 2016 in Rancho Santa Fe, California.

02 March 2017
In memoriam: Millie Dresselhaus, the 'Queen of Carbon' and abiding advocate for gender equality in STEM

Millie Dresselhaus, 86, MIT Professor Emerita, pioneer in electronic properties of materials, and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the National Medal of Science passed away 20 February.

24 February 2017
All-Party Parliamentary Group on Photonics Launched in UK

SPIE has agreed to serve as the secretariat for the group established October 2016. An exhibit and reception was held 21 February to launch the APPG.

20 February 2017
Omkaram Nalamasu and Yasuhiko Arakawa elected to the National Academy of Engineering class of 2017

SPIE Member Omkaram Nalamasu and Yasuhiko Arakawa are among 106 new members elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

08 February 2017
Frances Ligler and Marshall Jones included in the National Inventors Hall of Fame 2017 Class of Inductees

SPIE Fellow Frances Ligler and laser material processing pioneer Marshall Jones are among 15 to be inducted into the U.S. National Inventors Hall of Fame on 4 May.

03 February 2017
Christine Hendon honored with Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists & Engineers

SPIE Member Christine Hendon receives highest honor granted by the U.S. Government to science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.

01 February 2017
Inventors of Optical Coherence Tomography Win 2017 Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ Prize

SPIE Fellow and SPIE Board Member James Fujimoto, SPIE Fellow Christoph K. Hitzenberger, SPIE Members Adolf F. Fercher and David Huang, and Eric A. Swanson will receive the 2017 Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ Prize from the National Academy of Engineering on 21 February for their invention of optical coherence tomography.

30 January 2017
Andrea Alú awarded the ICO Prize 2016

The International Commission for Optics awarded SPIE Fellow Andrea Alù the ICO Prize for 2016.

09 January 2017
SPIE President-Elect Maryellen Giger visits constituents in Australia

SPIE President-Elect Maryellen Giger and SPIE Senior Director Andy Brown visited optics and photonics researchers in Australia in December.

03 January 2017
SPIE CEO is featured speaker at OPTIC 2016 in Taiwan

SPIE CEO Eugene Arthurs delivers opening speech and meets with the Taiwan Photonics Society while attending OPTIC 2016 in Taipei in early December.