Theodore Maiman Student Paper Competition Semi-Finalists Announced


Lyndsay Meyer
The Optical Society

Theodore Maiman Student Paper Competition Semi-Finalists Announced

Award recognizes outstanding student contributions to optics and photonics; winner to be announced at CLEO/IQEC

WASHINGTON, May 29—The OSA Foundation, HRL Laboratories LLC, the IEEE Photonics Society and the APS Division of Laser Science today announced the semi-finalists for the first annual Theodore Maiman Student Paper Competition. The winners will be announced during this year’s Conference on Lasers and Electro Optics/International Quantum Electronics Conference (CLEO/IQEC), which takes place May 31 to June 5 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

The 23 Maiman Student Paper semi-finalists were selected from more than 920 student paper submissions. The papers were reviewed and scored by the CLEO/IQEC technical program committee and semi-finalists were selected based on standard CLEO/IQEC paper review criteria. The top three semi-finalists will present their research at CLEO/IQEC and will be judged based on innovation, research excellence and presentation ability. One first prize award of $3,000 and the two honorable mentions will be announced on-site during the OSA Foundation Luncheon, Tuesday, June 2.

The Maiman Student Paper Competition honors American physicist Theodore Maiman for his amazing invention, the first working laser, and his other outstanding contributions to optics and photonics. It recognizes student innovation and research excellence in the areas of laser technology and electro optics. The award is endowed by a grant from HRL Laboratories LLC, the IEEE Photonics Society and the APS Division of Laser Science and is administered by the OSA Foundation.

“The Maiman competition recognizes the most promising innovation and research among today’s lasers and electro optics students worldwide and helps identify our industry’s leaders of tomorrow,” said Tim Carrig of Lockheed Martin and one of this year’s CLEO/IQEC technical program chairs. “We were impressed by the quality of the submissions and look forward to the presentations at CLEO/IQEC.”

2009 Finalists

  • Georg Anetsberger, Max-Planck-Instititute of Quantum Optics, Germany
  • Jens Bethge, Max Born Institute, Germany
  • Cheng-Yen Chen, National Taiwan Univ.,Taiwan
  • Long Chen, Cornell Univ., USA
  • Pascal Del'Haye, Max-Planck-Instititute for Quantum Optics, Germany
  • Tal Ellenbogen, Tel-Aviv Univ., Israel
  • D. Hayes, Univ. of Maryland, USA
  • Oliver Heckl, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • Shu-Wei Huang, Massachusetts Institute of Technology,USA
  • Zubin Jacob, Purdue Univ.,USA
  • Noriyuki Lee, The Univ. of Tokyo, Japan
  • Jinkang Lim, Kansas State Univ., USA
  • Euan McLeod, Princeton Univ., USA
  • Jean-Michel Menard, Univ. of Toronto, Canada
  • Scott Nuccio, Univ. of Southern California, USA
  • Andreas Oehler, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • Michael Rill, Univ. Karlsruhe (TH), Germany
  • Christopher Rohde, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
  • Alexander Sell, Univ. of Konstanz, Germany
  • Elizabeth Smythe, Harvard Univ., USA
  • Amy Turner-Foster, Cornell Univ., USA
  • Petter Westbergh, Chalmers Univ. of Technology, Sweden
  • Nanfang Yu, Harvard Univ., USA

With a distinguished history as one of the industry’s leading events on laser science, the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics and the International Quantum Electronics Conference (CLEO/IQEC) is where laser technology was first introduced. CLEO/IQEC combines the strength of peer-reviewed scientific programming with an applications-focused exhibition to showcase the present and future of this technology. Sponsored by the American Physical Society’s (APS) Laser Science Division, the Institute of Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Photonics Society and the Optical Society (OSA), CLEO/IQEC provides an educational forum, complete with a dynamic Plenary, short courses, tutorials, workshops and more, on topics as diverse as its attendee base whose broad spectrum of interests range from biomedicine to defense to optical communications and beyond. For more information, visit the conference’s Web site at

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