• Technical Conference:  16 – 19 September 2019
  • Science & Industry Showcase:  17 – 18 September 2019

2018 Awards Recipients

Frederic Ives Medal/Jarus W. Quinn Prize - 90th Anniversary

  • Rod Alferness

    Rod Alferness ,  University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

    The Ives Medal/Quinn Prize recognizes overall distinction in optics and is OSA’s highest award. This year marks the 90th anniversary of the medal's establishment. OSA honors Rod Alferness for basic contributions and leadership in the development of integrated optics, high-speed optical modulation and switching, and configurable WDM networks that have provided significant economic and societal impact.

OSA Honorary Members

  • David J. Wineland

    David J. Wineland , University of Colorado, USA

    David Wineland is honored for pioneering advances in laser cooling of ions together with unprecedented control of individual ions in foundational experiments of quantum optics and quantum information.

  • Amnon Yariv

    Amnon Yariv , California Institute of Technology, USA

    Amnon Yariv is honored for pioneering scientific and engineering contributions to photonics and quantum electronics that have profoundly impacted lightwave communications and the field of optics as a whole.

Esther Hoffman Beller Medal - 25th Anniversary

  • Uli Lemmer

    Uli Lemmer , Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany

    The Beller Medal recognizes outstanding contributions to education in optical science and engineering. The 2018 medal is presented to Uli Lemmer for developing a vision for an international education program in optics that appreciates its importance as an enabling technology, and for successfully establishing the Karlsruhe School of Optics & Photonics.

Max Born Award

  • Demetrios Christodoulides

    Demetrios Christodoulides , CREOL- The College of Optics & Photonics, University of Central Florida, USA

    The Born Award is presented to a person who has made outstanding contributions to physical optics, theoretical or experimental. Demetrios Christodoulides is recognized for founding and continuing to lead the fields of Parity-Time non-Hermitian Optics and Accelerating Waves, and for groundbreaking contributions in multiple areas in Physical Optics.

Stephen D. Fantone Distinguished Service Award

  • Bob Jopson

    Bob Jopson , Nokia Bell Labs, USA

    The Fantone Award recognizes outstanding service to The Optical Society. OSA celebrates Bob Jopson for 25 years of enthusiastic service, principled leadership, and a tenacious commitment to OSA's publications, conferences, processes, and especially its membership.

Paul F. Forman Team Engineering Excellence Award

  • 2018 winner to be announced

    The Engineering Excellence Award recognizes team technical achievements in optical engineering.

Robert E. Hopkins Leadership Award

  • Anna Consortini

    Anna Consortini , Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy

    The Hopkins Leadership Award recognizes significant impact on the global optics and photonics community or on society as a whole stemming from non-research oriented activities. The 2018 award is presented to Anna Consortini for outstanding dedication to promoting optics at an international level with very valuable leadership in institutions and scientific societies like ICO (International Commission for Optics), ICTP, OSA, and SIOF.

Edwin Land Medal

  • Ann E. Elsner

    Ann E. Elsner , Indiana University and Aeon Imaging, LLC, USA

    The Land Medal recognizes pioneering work empowered by scientific research to create inventions, technologies, and products. It is co-sponsored by OSA and the Society for Imaging Science and Technology. Ann Elsner is honored for contributions to the fields of ophthalmic instrumentation and vision science with innovative imaging technologies, state-of-the-art psychophysical research and entrepreneurial ventures.

Emmett N. Leith Medal

  • Asher Albert Friesem

    Asher Albert Friesem , Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

    The Leith Medal recognizes seminal contributions to the field of optical information processing. The 2018 medal is presented to Asher Albert Friesem for pioneering, seminal and wide ranging contributions to coherent optics, particularly the developments of new techniques and procedures in holographic applications and optical information processing.

Adolph Lomb Medal

  • Andrei Faraon

    Andrei Faraon , California Institute of Technology, USA

    The Lomb Medal recognizes noteworthy contributions made to optics at an early career stage. Andrei Faraon is recognized for seminal contributions to on-chip quantum photonic technologies.

C. E. K. Mees Medal

  • Stanley Whitcomb

    Stanley Whitcomb , LIGO Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, USA

    The Mees Medal recognizes an original use of optics across different fields. The 2018 medal is presented to Stanley Whitcomb for pioneering interdisciplinary contributions to the development the LIGO gravitational-wave interferometers.

William F. Meggers Award

  • Warren S. Warren

    Warren S. Warren , Duke University, USA

    The Meggers Award recognizes outstanding work in spectroscopy. Warren Warren is recognized for pioneering contributions in the fundamental science of optical and spin coherence and their synergistic applications in optical spectroscopy/microscopy and magnetic resonance spectroscopy/imaging through the development of pulse shaping techniques.

David Richardson Medal

  • Steven Frisken

    Steven Frisken , Finisar Australia and Cylite, Australia

    The Richardson Medal recognizes significant contributions to optical engineering, primarily in the commercial and industrial sector. The 2018 Medal is presented to Steven Frisken for seminal contributions as a researcher, inventor and entrepreneur, to a wide range of photonic technologies which have enabled the growth of the internet, and for inspiring an entrepreneurial culture amongst Australian researchers.

Kevin P. Thompson Optical Design Innovator Award

  • Ulrike Fuchs

    Ulrike Fuchs , Asphericon GmbH, Germany

    The Thompson Award recognizes contributions to lens design, optical engineering, or metrology at an early career stage. The inaugural award is presented to Ulrike Fuchs for interlinking aspects of optical design, tolerancing, metrology and manufacturing for aspherics to enable their usage as reasonable choice in optical systems.

OSA Treasurer’s Award

  • Naomi Chavez

    Naomi Chavez , The Optical Society, USA

    Established in 2016, the OSA Treasurer's Award recognizes the unique perspective our Treasurers have on the staff and their impact on the operations of the Society. The award honors the dedication, efficiency, innovation and leadership demonstrated by the OSA staff. It is presented to a staff member who makes significant contributions to organizational excellence, promotes and enacts innovative solutions or exemplifies inspirational leadership.

R. W. Wood Prize

  • Christopher Barty

    Christopher Barty , University of California, Irvine, USA

    The Wood Prize recognizes an outstanding discovery, scientific or technical achievement, or invention in the field of optics. The 2018 prize is presented to Christopher Barty for foundational innovations that have enabled ultrafast and energetic intense lasers around the world.

OSA Fellows

  • Domenico Bonaccini Calia

    Domenico Bonaccini Calia , European Southern Observatory, Germany

    For fostering the development of Photonics in novel astronomical instrumentation, including the field of Laser Guide Star Adaptive Optics with the invention of narrow-band high power Raman Fiber Amplifiers

  • Heike Ebendorff-Heidpriem

    Heike Ebendorff-Heidpriem , University of Adelaide, Australia

    For groundbreaking science contributions to the field of optical glasses and fibers

  • Anne Myers Kelley

    Anne Myers Kelley , University of California, Merced, USA

    For innovative work in the theory and practice of resonance Raman and hyper-Raman spectroscopy

  • François Légaré

    François Légaré , Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, Centre Énergie, Matériaux, et Télécommunications, Canada

    For major contributions to ultrafast molecular imaging, to the development and application of high-power ultrashort infrared lasers including the concept of Frequency domain Optical Parametric Amplification, and the interpretation of nonlinear optical signals from tissues

  • Innocenzo Pinto

    Innocenzo Pinto , University of Sannio, INFN, LVC, and KAGRA, Italy

    For fundamental contributions to thermal noise reduction in the mirror coatings of the LIGO interferometric gravitational wave detectors, and for original contributions to the science of Electromagnetics

  • Gernot Pomrenke

    Gernot Pomrenke , US Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFRL/AFOSR), USA

    For outstanding technical leadership in formulating and advancing the areas of Optical Materials Characterization, Opto-Electronics, Integrated Photonics, Silicon Photonics, Nano-photonics, Metamaterials and Plasmonics

  • Nickolas Vamivakas

    Nickolas Vamivakas , University of Rochester, USA

    For significant contributions to the fields of solid-state quantum optics and nano photonics

APS/LS 2018 Awards and Honors

Arthur L. Schawlow Prize in Laser Science

  • To recognize outstanding contributions to basic research which uses lasers to advance our knowledge of the fundamental physical properties of materials and their interaction with light.

  • Gérard Mourou

    Gérard Mourou , École Polytechnique, France

    For fundamental contributions in ultrafast, ultrahigh-field laser inventions, such as chirped pulse amplification, that led to the new discipline of relativistic optics.

APS-DLS Fellows

  • Edo Waks

    Edo Waks , University of Maryland, College Park, USA

    For significantly advancing the field of quantum photonics and for developing new concepts to strongly interact solid-state quantum emitters with nanophotonic components.

  • Gunter Steinmeyer

    Gunter Steinmeyer , Max Born Institute, Germany

    For outstanding contributions to ultrafast nonlinear optics, in particular for the development of pulse characterization techniques, the experimental demonstration of pulse self-compression through laser filamentation, and the investigations of higher-order nonlinear susceptibilities and rogue waves.

  • Hui Deng

    Hui Deng , University of Michigan, USA

    For pioneering contributions to fundamental physics and applications of matter-light coupled systems.

  • Munira Khalil

    Munira Khalil , University of Washington, USA

    For probing coherently coupled vibrational and electronic motion during ultrafast charge transfer processes by using a unique combination of infrared, visible, and X-ray experiments to provide new insights into this mechanism.

  • N. Asger Mortensen

    N. Asger Mortensen , University of Southern Denmark, Denmark

    For fundamental explorations of light-matter interactions in nanostructures at the interface of classical electrodynamics and quantum physics.

Carl E. Anderson Division of Laser Science Dissertation Award

  • To recognize doctoral research in the Laser Science area and to encourage effective written and oral presentation of research results.

  • Sara Campbell , University of California, Berkeley, USA

    “A Fermi-degenerate 3D optical lattice clock”

  • Mark Dong , University of Michigan, USA

    “Quantum-well diode lasers for frequency comb generation”

  • Bin Fang , University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA

    "Manipulation of photonic quantum states: from generation, engineering, and characterization to storage and retrieval"

  • Pablo Solano , MIT, USA

    “Quantum optics in optical nanofibers”

OSA Foundation Prizes and Special Recognitions

OSA Foundation Grant Recipients

  • The OSA Foundation would like to congratulate our FiO grant recipients. Through the following programs we have been able to provide nearly 30 grants, scholarships and prizes to help students attending FiO. You can help to inspire and support the next generation of science and engineering innovators by making a donation to the OSA Foundation. All donations are matched 100% by The Optical Society—so your gift has twice the impact. To learn more and to make a donation online, visit www.osa.org/foundation.

OSA Foundation Boris P. Stoicheff Memorial Scholarship

  • Robin Puchert , Universität Regensburg, Germany

    Established in 2011 by the OSA Foundation and the Canadian Association of Physicists Educational Trust Fund, this program pays tribute to Boris P. Stoicheff, an internationally renowned laser spectroscopist who also served as President of The Optical Society and Canadian Association of Physicists. This scholarship is awarded annually to a graduate student who has demonstrated both research excellence and significant service to the optics or physics community.

OSA Foundation Robert S. Hilbert Memorial Student Travel Grant

  • Ayan Chattopadhyay , Princeton University, USA

  • Abhijit Roy , Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India

  • Ashutosh Singhal and Nisha Nisha , Bharati Vidyapeeth's College of Engineering, India

  • Established in 2009 by Optical Research Associates (ORA), now the Optical Solutions Group at Synopsys, as a memorial to ORA’s former President and Chief Executive Officer Robert S. Hilbert, this $1,100 USD grant recognizes the research excellence of students in the areas of optical engineering, lens design and illumination design.

Thomas F. Deutsch Fellowship in Biomedical Optics

  • Yue Zhuo , Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, USA

    For research aimed at advancing optical techniques toward understanding and solving important scientific and biomedical problems, and presented by the OSA Foundation and The Wellman Center for Photomedicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital.

The OSA Diversity & Inclusion Advocacy Recognition

  • Arlene Maclin , Howard University, USA

  • Frederique Vanholsbeeck , University of Auckland, New Zealand

  • Ling-An Wu , Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

  • OIST , Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate School, Japan

  • Acknowledges the outstanding dedication and accomplishments of OSA members, companies or organizations that demonstrate efforts to foster greater appreciation, advancement and celebration of diversity and inclusivity. This can be achieved through community service, professional development, hiring practices or programming that enhance opportunities for the understanding and inclusion of people of diverse cultures, backgrounds and experiences.

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