Awards information for SPIE Laser Damage

Honoring outstanding achievement by our researchers

Congratulations to award winners

SPIE and supporting organizations recognize contributions that have been made by experts and honors their accomplishments with the following prestigious awards.

Award at SPIE Laser Damage

Annual awards for Laser Damage

Each year, in honor of the symposium's founding organizers and key chairs, one presentation is selected in each of three categories — oral, poster, and student presentation — by conference co-chairs on the basis of scientific excellence and quality of presentation. These include: 

The Alexander Glass Best Oral Presentation Award
1st Place Best Oral Presentation, $500 and honorary glass award

The Arthur Guenther Best Poster Award
1st Place Best Poster Presentation, $500 and honorary glass award

The MJ Soileau Best Student Paper Award
1st Place Best Student Presentation, $500 and honorary glass award

Announcement of winners


The awards program will resume this year for our 2021 event. Awards are announced during the call for papers for the next year's symposium, meaning, winners from the 2021 program will be announced in spring 2022.

Winners are recognized at the opening ceremony of the upcoming Laser Damage Symposium.  Winners are also honored with a memorable glass piece and a small monetary honorarium.

Eligibility and application


To be considered, the author must:

  • Submit a paper or poster at SPIE Laser Damage Symposium
  • Identify themselves as a student during abstract submission to be considered for a student award
  • Be the lead manuscript author and submit it to SPIE, according to author deadlines
  • Must attend the conference and present the paper or poster

Person at computer submitting a paper or poster at SPIE Laser Damage Symposium

Recipient selection

The SPIE Laser Damage Symposium student papers and posters will be assessed and awarded by symposium chairs. Contributions will be judged for technical merit, relevance of the topic to the industry, and the author’s ability to explain the work.

Historical precedence


Awards have longstanding significance

The annual Best Oral Presentation and the Best Poster Award were renamed in 2016 to honor the founding organizers for this meeting, Alexander J. Glass and Arthur H. Guenther. In 2017, The MJ Soileau Best Student Paper Award was added to the annual awards.

Founding organizers of SPIE Laser Damage: Alexander J. Glass and Arthur H. Guenther

These awards are intended to foster participation and advance the research in laser-induced damage, development of materials for high power lasers, and associated technologies, and will provide some financial assistance to researchers, engineers, and students involved in the laser damage community.

The awards are supported and approved by the Laser Damage co-chairs, with funds matched by SPIE.