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Sarun Sumriddetchkajorn

Dr.  Sarun Sumriddetchkajorn, Ph.D.

NECTEC Executive Director
NSTDA Research Fellow
National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (NECTEC)
National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA)
112 Thailand Science Park, Phahonyothin Rd.
Klong 1, Klong Luang
Pathumthani  12120
Thailand

tel: +66-2564-6900 ext. 2102
fax: +66-2564-6768
E-mail: sarun.sumriddetchkajorn@nectec.or.th
Web: http://www.nectec.or.th

Area of Expertise

Photonics Information Processing Systems, Agri-Photonics, Bio-Photonics

Biography

Sarun Sumriddetchkajorn received his B.Eng. in electrical engineering with honors in 1994 from Khon Kaen University, Thailand. In 1996, he was awarded a Thai government scholarship and then joined the School of Optics/Center for Research and Education in Optics and Lasers (CREOL) at the University of Central Florida (UCF) in Orlando, Florida. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in Optical Science and Engineering in 1998 and 2000, respectively, based on his work in fiber-optic beam control systems using microelectromechanical systems (MEMS).

From 1994-1996, he was an assistant researcher with National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (NECTEC)'s Electro-Optics Laboratory, Thailand, in which he focused on embossed hologram processing and computer generated holograms. He worked at Nuonics Inc., in Orlando, Florida, USA, as a company's first photonics engineer in 2001 focusing on the design, analysis, and test fiber-optic processors that utilized MEMS, liquid crystal, and acousto-optic technologies. Since May 2001, he has rejoined NECTEC as a young active researcher and established Thailand's first photonics laboratory. He is now Executive Director of NECTEC and NSTDA Research Fellow.

Apart from his research work, he initiated the formations of the Optical Society of America (OSA)'s and IEEE-LEOS (now Photonics Society)'s Thailand Chapters in 2002 and later on in 2005 the Society for Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineer (SPIE) Thailand Chapter. In addition, he has put his effort in promoting optics/photonics to schools and general public by initiating "Shining-Spectrum-to-Society" project. During 2004-2005, he wrote a weekly article in Thai language about basic optics and its applications in daily life and published it in the BangkokBizNews newspaper to show to the public that optics is everywhere and it is not a difficult subject to learn. His weekly articles was also collected and published in a book entitled "Photonics...the miracle of light" in 2006.

Dr. Sumriddetchkajorn has received several awards. He is the only person to receive all three highly-competitive student awards from the three international optical societies: the OSA New Focus Student Award in 1999, the SPIE highest prize "D. J. Lovell Award" in 2000, and the IEEE-LEOS Graduate Fellowship Award in 2000. He was also awarded the 2003 Young Technologist and the 2004 Young Scientist in the field of photonics from the Foundation for the Promotion of Science and Technology under the patronage of H. M. the King of Thailand. In 2005, he was the only one to be awarded the ICO/ICTP prize from the International Commission for Optics (ICO) and the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP). He is now a senior member of OSA and IEEE, and a Fellow of SPIE.

Lecture Title(s)

Photonics in Agriculture -- AgriPhotonics
This paper highlights how optics and photonics is applied in agriculture. These include spectral imaging based systems and mobile applications that have been implemented for rice, fishery, and sericulture applications. Brief review of optics and photonics in agriculture will also be introduced.

Pushing Your Photonic Ideas into Innovation through Crowdfunding
It is known today that crowdfunding is a very popular approach that simultaneously assists in rapidly disseminating creative ideas, performing worldwide market survey, getting the fund, and eventually starting the business. Hence, this article highlights good examples of the photonics-related ideas that are explored through the promising crowdfunding approach. These include microlenses for mobile devices, specially designed lenses for helmets and solar cells, three-dimensional optical scanners, optical spectrometers, and surface plasmon resonance-based optical sensors. Most of them looks simple and yet are very creative backing up with interesting stories behind them to persuade the target customers to participate.

Diffusing Optics and Photonics in Our Community
This talk will focus on activities in our "Shining-Spectrum-to-Society" project where we aim to raise the public awareness of science and technology in optics and photonics. We combine hands-on, media engineering, social networking, inquiry, and problem -based approaches to nurture and reinforce the scientific thinking method to students, teachers and general publics. Available media related to basic optics and applications in everyday life are used to get their attentions as well as to encourage students to do their science or engineering projects. In addition, we have developed an educational "Learning by Playing with Photonics" kit comprising of 20 elements that can be used to demonstrate more than 17 topics

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