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The Optical Society announces 2018 Fellows Class

The Optical Society

WASHINGTON - The Optical Society (OSA) Board of Directors is pleased to announce that 101 OSA members, representing 19 countries, have been elected to the 2018 OSA Fellows Class. Fellows are selected based on several factors, including specific scientific, engineering, and technological contributions, technical or industry leadership in the field as well as service to OSA and the global optics community.

"I am pleased to welcome the 2018 OSA Fellows. They will continue, through their work, to foster growth in their individual fields. Their achievements are excellent examples of the substantial impact of optics and photonics on the global sphere," said Eric Mazur, 2017 President, The Optical Society. "We had a record number of applicants this year and the group's diversity is a testament to The Optical Society's growing global influence."

Fellows of The Optical Society are members who have served with distinction in the advancement of optics and photonics. The OSA Fellow Members Committee reviews nominations submitted by current OSA Fellows, then recommends candidates to the OSA Board of Directors. The committee is led by Chairman Edward A. Watson, of the University of Dayton. No more than 10 percent of the total OSA membership may be chosen as Fellows, making the process both highly selective and competitive.

Elizabeth Rogan, CEO, The Optical Society said, "It's an honor to congratulate the new Fellows, who have contributed to the growth of our industry. This impressive group of individuals will continue to add tremendous value to the optical science ecosystem. We thank committee chair Edward Watson and the entire Fellow members committee for their continued dedication to the OSA Fellows program."

The new Fellows will be honored at OSA conferences and meetings throughout 2018. A listing of all 101 new Fellows appears below:

2018 OSA Fellow Members

  • Andrea Armani, University of Southern California, United States

  • George Bayz, Synopsys, Inc, United States

  • David Boas, Boston University, United States

  • Domenico Bonaccini Calia, European Southern Observatory, Germany

  • Martin Booth, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

  • Hou-Tong Chen, Los Alamos National Laboratory, United States

  • Yuao Chen, University of Science and Technology of China, China

  • Johannes Courtial, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom

  • Luca Dal Negro, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department & Photonics Center, Boston University, United States

  • Hamid Dehghani, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom

  • Stavros Demos, Laboratory for Laser Energetics, University of Rochester, United States

  • Nicholas Doran, Aston University, United Kingdom

  • Andrew Dunn, University of Texas at Austin, United States

  • Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem, University of Adelaide, Australia

  • Andrew Ellis, Aston University, United Kingdom

  • Rinat Esenaliev, University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston, United States

  • Sergio Fantini, Tufts University, United States

  • Sasan Fathpour, CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics, University of Central Florida, United States

  • Maurizio Ferrari, CNR-IFN, Italy

  • Nicolas Fontaine, Nokia Corporation, United States

  • Maria Angela Franceschini, Massachusetts General Hospital, United States

  • Almantas Galvanauskas, University of Michigan, United States

  • Goëry Genty, Tampere University of Technology, Finland

  • Ursula Gibson, Norges Teknisk Naturvitenskapelige Universitet, Norway

  • Gary Gimmestad, Georgia Tech Research Institute, United States

  • John Girkin, University of Durham, United Kingdom

  • Donald Golini, SANICA Ventures, United States

  • Joseph Gortych, Opticus IP Law PLLC, United States

  • Anatoly Grudinin, Fianium Ltd., United Kingdom

  • Constantin Haefner, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, United States

  • Peter Hamm, Universitat Zurich, Switzerland

  • Sivanandan S. Harilal, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, United States

  • John Heebner, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, United States

  • Wei Huang, Nanjing Tech University, China

  • Randall G. Hulet, Rice University, United States

  • Nicusor Iftimia, Physical Sciences Inc., United States

  • Mona Jarrahi, University of California, Los Angeles, United States

  • Igor Jex, Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic

  • David Jonas, University of Colorado Boulder, United States

  • Aggelos K. Katsaggelos, Northwestern University, United States

  • Anne Kelley, University of California, Merced, United States

  • Jungsang Kim, Duke University, United States

  • Tobias Kippenberg, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland

  • Francois Legare, INRS- Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications Site Varennes, Canada

  • Tien-Chang Lu, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan

  • Zhenqiang Ma, University of Wisconsin-Madison, United States

  • Arash Mafi, University of New Mexico, United States

  • Anita Mahadevan-Jansen, Vanderbilt University, United States

  • Mike Mandina, Optimax Systems Inc, United States

  • Zetian Mi, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, United States

  • Hope Michelsen, Sandia National Laboratories, United States

  • Mo Mojahedi, University of Toronto, Canada

  • John Nees, University of Michigan, United States

  • Takahiro Numai, Ritsumeikan University, Japan

  • Jennifer Ogilvie, University of Michigan, United States

  • Boon Ooi, King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia

  • YongKeun Park, Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology (KAIST), South Korea

  • Valdas Pasiskevicius, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden

  • Alan Petersen, Spectra-Physics, United States

  • Periklis Petropoulos, University of Southampton, United Kingdom

  • Pepijn Pinkse, Universiteit Twente, Netherlands

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

  • Gernot Pomrenke, US Air Force Office of Scientific Research, United States

  • Joyce Poon, University of Toronto, Canada

  • Eric Potma, University of California, Irvine, United States

  • Minghao Qi, Purdue University, United States

  • Romain Quidant, ICFO & ICREA, Spain

  • Daniel Razansky, Technical University of Munich and Helmholtz Center Munich, Germany

  • Derryck Reid, Heriot-Watt University, United Kingdom

  • Federico Rosei, EMT-INRS, Canada

  • Takashi Saida, Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corporation, Japan

  • Jim Schwiegerling, The University of Arizona, United States

  • Pascale Senellart, CNRS-Laboratoire de Photonique et Nanostructures, France

  • Anne Sentenac, Fresnel Institut, France

  • Maksim Skorobogatiy, Department of Engineering Physics, Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, Canada

  • Radan Slavik, Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton, United Kingdom

  • Glenn Solomon, Joint Quantum Institute, United States

  • Kartik Srinivasan, National Institute of Standards & Technology, United States

  • Thomas Sudmeyer, Université de Neuchâtel, Switzerland

  • Hong-Bo Sun, Tsinghua University, China

  • Anatoly Svidzinsky, Texas A&M University, United States

  • Allen Taflove, Northwestern University, United States

  • Sergei Tochitsky, University of California, Los Angeles, United States

  • Kimani Toussaint, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, United States

  • Hon Tsang, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

  • Jeff Tsao, Sandia National Laboratories, United States

  • Selim Unlu, Boston University, United States

  • Nickolas Vamivakas, University of Rochester, United States

  • Mu Wang, Nanjing University, China and American Physical Society, United States

  • Sharon Weiss, Vanderbilt University, United States

  • Douglas Werner, Pennsylvania State University, United States

  • Christoph Westbrook, Laboratoire Charles Fabry, Institut d'Optique Graduate School, CNRS, Université Paris-Saclay, France

  • Paul Westbrook, OFS Laboratories, United States

  • Dong-Sing Wuu, National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan

  • Xianfan Xu, Purdue University, United States

  • Kazuto Yamauchi, Osaka University, Japan

  • Ite A. Yu, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan

  • Seok-Hyun (Andy) Yun, Harvard Medical School, United States

  • Shaoqun Zeng, Huazhong University of Science & Technology, China

  • Jing Zhang, Shanxi University, China

  • Xuezhe Zheng, Wave2Wave, United States


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