BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA -- On 1 January 2021, Adam Wax, professor of biomedical engineering and physics at Duke University, will become the new editor-in-chief of Optical Engineering (OE).
He succeeds the journal's current editor-in-chief, Michael T. Eismann, who has served in that role since 2014. OE is one of 12 journals published by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, in the SPIE Digital Library.
An SPIE Fellow, Wax has been an SPIE BiOS conference chair since 2007. He is the SPIE student chapter advisor at Duke and served as an SPIE Startup Challenge judge during the competition's earliest years. His latest optics startup, Lumedica, designs affordable biomedical and scientific imaging technologies.
"I am very excited to be taking on the role of editor-in-chief at Optical Engineering," says Wax. "I've been an associate editor for the journal for many years and it is a great new challenge to be in the EIC role. I know OE is a go-to resource for many of us in the field, and I will be working to make sure that it continues to be valuable for optics and photonics engineers in academia and industry research."
"We chose Adam Wax from a huge and highly competitive field," says David Sampson, chair of the SPIE Publications Committee and pro-vice-chancellor of Research and Innovation at University of Surrey. "His all-round breadth of optical engineering, academic rigour, and commercial experience created the preconditions for his selection. His energy and passion for the role is what impressed the selection committee. I look forward to Optical Engineering's continued upward trajectory under Adam's leadership."
OE publishes peer-reviewed articles reporting on research, development, and applications of optics and photonics. Primary topical areas include imaging components, systems, and processing; optical instrumentation, techniques, and measurement; optical design and engineering; lasers, fiber optics, and communications; and optical materials, photonic devices, and sensors.
Wax received his doctorate in physics from Duke in 1999, and then joined the George R. Harrison Spectroscopy Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a postdoctoral fellow of the National Institutes of Health. He has been a faculty member at Duke since 2002.
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