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The Optical Society Names Laura Waller the 2021 Adolph Lomb Medal Recipient


The Optical Society is pleased to announce that Laura Waller, University of California Berkeley, USA, has been selected as the 2021 recipient of the Adolph Lomb Medal. Waller is honored for important contributions to the advancement of computational microscopy and its applications.

Laura Waller earned her B.S., M.Eng., and Ph.D. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. She was a postdoctoral research associate at Princeton University, USA, before joining the UC Berkeley where she is currently the Ted Van Duzer Endowed Associate Professor.

Waller has established herself as a visionary in the important new field of computational imaging through her pioneering work on phase retrieval from intensity measurements. She has also made advancements in Fourier ptychography, 3D imaging in scattering media and in imaging using a diffuser. In the past four years, Waller has generated ~$6M in research funding and published 27 journal papers and 6 patent applications. Her research has been recognized through over 100 invited talks, and she has contributed to the research community by serving on 44 conference committees (14 as chair) and as Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Computational Imaging.

She has received many other awards, including the SPIE Early Career Achievement Award, the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative Biohub Investigator Award, and the OSA Foundation’s Ivan P. Kaminow Outstanding Early Career Professional Prize. She is a Fellow of OSA and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.

Established in 1940, the Lomb Medal is presented to an individual who has made a noteworthy contribution to optics at an early career stage. Contributions from any area of optics, fundamental or applied, are considered. The medal honors Adolph Lomb, OSA’s first treasurer, for his devotion to OSA and the advancement of optics.

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