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Michael Kidger Memorial Scholarship in Optical Design

The Michael Kidger Memorial Scholarship was established in 1998 to honor Michael John Kidger, a well-respected educator, design software developer and member of the optical science and engineering community. This scholarship is awarded to a student engaged in optical design of either imaging or non-imaging systems. 

For more information on the Michael Kidger Memorial Scholarship click here.

The application period for the 2020 cycle is now open. Apply here.

2019 Michael Kidger Memorial Scholarship Award Winner

Nicholas Takaki, a fourth-year PhD student at The Institute of Optics, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, University of Rochester (USA), has been awarded the 2019 Michael Kidger Memorial Scholarship in Optical Design. Currently, Nicholas is working with Professor Jannick Rolland, the Brian J. Thompson Professor of Optical Engineering. Nicholas received simultaneously a BS and MS in applied and computational mathematics from Carnegie Mellon University (USA) with honors in August 2015.


2018 Michael Kidger Memorial Scholarship Award Winner

Caleb D. Gannon, a PhD student attending the University of Arizona, College of Optical Sciences (USA), was awarded the 2018 Michael Kidger Memorial Scholarship in Optical Design. Caleb received a BS in Engineering Physics from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in 2015 where he was honored as the Most Outstanding Engineering Physics Student in the graduating class of 2015. Caleb entered the PhD program at the College of Optical Sciences, University of Arizona in fall 2015. He is currently working with Professor Rongguang Liang, an SPIE Fellow and associate editor of Optica. Professor Liang commented on Caleb's future: "His PhD research on optical design with deep learning will have a huge impact on future optical design."