- Schools & Training Programs
2022 Annual Report
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Optica Foundation. The foundation has grown into a community of donors supporting beneficiaries through a broad suite of opportunities — from the Siegman School on Lasers, to numerous scholarships, the Couillaud Prize in Ultrafast Lasers, the Deutsch Fellowship in Biomedical Optics, travel grants, and prizes. We focus on support for students and early-career professionals and preparing them for careers in optics and photonics.
In celebration of the past twenty years, we are thrilled to recognize the first winners of the Optica Foundation Challenge who each received US$100,000 prizes to support their proposals to use photonics and change the world (view the winners on pages 6-7). We also announced the Theodor W. Hänsch Prize in Quantum Optics, a US$20,000 prize for an early-career professional created in partnership with Menlo Systems, Thorlabs and Hamamatsu Photonics . Our next report will feature the first winner who will be recognized at Quantum 2.0 in June 2023.
Throughout the following pages, you will see the many exceptional beneficiaries of our programs and the names of our donors. Thank you to all who have become a part of the foundation’s community. We look forward to your continued support.
Chair, Optica Foundation Board of Directors
2017 Optica President