Celebrating distinguished achievements and contributions.

Our awards and honors program recognizes and honors the field's technical, research, education, business, leadership and service accomplishments.

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Meint Smit Named 2022 John Tyndall Award Recipient

Optica and the IEEE Photonics Society have named Meint Smit, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands, the 2022 John Tyndall Award recipient. Smit is recognized for “leadership in building a photonic integration ecosystem, and pioneering contributions to key photonic devices including the arrayed waveguide grating.”

“Our congratulations to Professor Smit for this well-deserved honor,” said 2021 Optica President Connie Chang-Hasnain, Whinnery Chair Professor Emerita of EECS at University of California, Berkeley, USA. “His revolutionary work in photonic integrated circuits has already created enormous commercial impact and I’m sure it will continue to catalyze future advancements for telecom, datacom and sensing applications.”

Corning, Incorporated sponsors the award, which consists of a specially commissioned glass sculpture, a scroll and an honorarium. Optica and the IEEE Photonics Society will jointly present the Tyndall Award to Smit at OFC 2022, the world’s leading conference and exhibition for optical communications and networking professionals. The event will take place from Sunday to Thursday, 6 - 10 March 2022 in San Diego, California, USA.

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Joseph H. Eberly Named Honorary Member

Joseph H. Eberly, Andrew Carnegie Professor of Physics in the Department of Physics and Astronomy in the School of Arts and Sciences, and jointly Professor of Optics in the Institute of Optics in the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, of the University of Rochester, USA, as the 2021 Honorary Member. Honorary Membership is the most distinguished of all Optica Member categories and is awarded to individuals who have made seminal contributions to the field of optics.

Eberly is being recognized “for his pioneering contributions to the foundations of quantum optics theory, his dedicated service to the optics community, and his visionary leadership in promoting international cooperation in optics research.” 

“Joe Eberly may have chosen a career in optics by accident but society is grateful that he did,” said Optica CEO, Elizabeth Rogan. “Joe’s research contributions to quantum optics and optical physics are numerous and impactful. His leadership as a teacher and educator in the Rochester community is long-lasting. He is a true visionary in the optical sciences and we are proud to recognize him with our 2021 Honorary Membership.”

Honorary Members are elected by unanimous vote of the Board of Directors upon nomination by the Presidential Advisory Committee and a unanimous vote by the Awards Council.

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Announcing the 2022 Fellows Class

The Optica Board of Directors recently elected 106 members from 24 countries to the Society’s 2022 Fellows Class. Fellows are selected based on several factors, including distinguished contributions to education, research, engineering, business and serving the community.

“Congratulations to the 2022 Optica Fellows,” said 2021 President Connie Chang-Hasnain, Whinnery Chair Professor Emerita of EECS at University of California, Berkeley, USA.  “These members exemplify what it means to be a leader in optics and photonics. Your election, by your peers, confirms the important contributions made within our field. Thank you for your dedication to Optica, and for advancing the science of light.”

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Fellow Spotlight

“A lot of us see the successful stories … but haven’t really understood that it’s not a straight path,” says 2020 Fellow Lynford Goddard, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA. From an inspiring high school swim team experience to finding himself without a project in graduate school, Goddard’s career has taken many unique turns. Now, he uses his story to show young scientists that everyone must travel their own path to success.

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2020 Fellow Lynford Goddard, Univ of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
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Infinera's Optical Innovation Team Awarded 2021 Paul F. Forman Team Engineering Excellence Award

Infinera's Optical Innovation Team, USA, has received the 2021 Paul F. Forman Team Engineering Excellence Award. The team is recognized “for the design, development and commercial deployment of a vertically optimized 1.6Tb/s (2x800G) digital coherent optics module, comprised of a large scale photonic integrated circuit, advanced high-speed RF packaging and pioneering real-time DSP ASIC”.

“This team’s work has resulted in the highest-performing 800 Gb/s class transponder, raising the bar for coherent optical engine design and delivering superior performance to the market,” said 2021 President Connie Chang-Hasnain, Whinnery Chair Professor Emerita of EECS at University of California, Berkeley, USA. “We applaud their dedication, focus, and ambition.”

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Photo montage of Infinera ICE6 Innovation team
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Announcing the 2021 Treasurer’s Award Recipients

Congratulations to staff members Kelly Cohen, senior publisher, and Terence Rooney, senior program manager, students and early-career professionals, the recipients of the 2021 Treasurer’s Award.

Cohen received the award “for her strong leadership, ingenuity and resourcefulness in leading many successful OSA Publishing initiatives.”

Rooney was acknowledged “for providing a world-class experience to Student Chapters through his genuine energy and thoughtful innovation.”

They will be recognized during the 2021 Frontiers in Optics (FiO) + Laser Science (LS) conference to be held 31 October – 04 November.

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Announcing the 2021 Edwin H. Land Medal Recipient

We are pleased to name Joseph A. Izatt of Duke University, USA the 2021 Edwin H. Land Medal winner. Izatt is recognized for foundational contributions to the invention, development, and commercialization of optical coherence-based technologies for in vivo biomedical imaging, and for the education and mentoring of distinguished scientists and engineers. This award is co-presented with the Society for Imaging Science and Technology (IS&T).

Joseph Izatt is a true leader in optical coherence-based imaging research whose entrepreneurial spirit and mentorship is emblematic of the Edwin Land Medal,” said 2021 President Connie Chang-Hasnain, Whinnery Chair Professor Emerita of EECS at University of California, Berkeley, USA. “His trailblazing accomplishments have contributed to the development of technologies that will benefit society indefinitely.”

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Announcing 17 Award/Medal Recipients

We are pleased to announce 17 recipients of 2021 awards and medals. Throughout the year, a total of 23 awardees will be recognized for their distinguished achievements. Among those honored this year are the first women to win the Max Born Award, C.E.K. Mees Medal, and John Tyndall Award.

Our Awards Program celebrates the field's technical, research, education, business, leadership and service accomplishments. More information is available here.

“The 2021 Awardees truly embody the Society’s core values of innovation, integrity, inclusivity and impact,” said 2021 President Connie Chang-Hasnain, Whinnery Chair Professor Emerita of EECS at University of California, Berkeley, USA. “They now join the ranks of those who have greatly influenced the global optics and photonics community. In addition, I applaud the efforts of those who nominated candidates, submitted references and participated on the selection committees.”

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Announcing the 2021 Frederic Ives Medal/Jarus W. Quinn Prize Recipient

The 2021 Frederic Ives Medal/Jarus W. Quinn Prize will be presented to Federico Capasso, John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University, USA. Capasso is honored for seminal and wide-ranging contributions to optical physics, quantum electronics and nanophotonics.

"Federico Capasso is a true pioneer and distinguished leader in the field of optics and photonics,” said 2021 President Connie Chang-Hasnain, Whinnery Chair Professor Emerita of EECS at University of California, Berkeley, USA. “His contributions to the demonstration of the quantum cascade laser along with many other accomplishments are befitting of the prestigious Ives Medal/Quin Prize.”   

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Erich Ippen Named Honorary Member

Dr. Erich Ippen, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA, has been named an Honorary Member. Honorary Membership is the most distinguished of all Member categories and is awarded to individuals who have made seminal contributions to the field of optics.

Ippen is being recognized “for laying the foundations of ultrafast science and engineering, as well as providing inspiring leadership to the optics community.

"Erich Ippen's longstanding dedication to enriching the Society and his seminal contributions to the global optics community are emblematic of the Honorary Member designation," said 2021 President Connie Chang-Hasnain, Whinnery Chair Professor Emerita of EECS at University of California, Berkeley, USA. "We celebrate his innovation and leadership that will greatly impact the future of our field." 

Honorary Members are elected by unanimous vote of the Board of Directors upon nomination by the Presidential Advisory Committee and a unanimous vote by the Awards Council.

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