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OSA Foundation Awards Travel Grants to 15 Students for CLEO: 2012

WASHINGTON, May 9 – The OSA Foundation (OSAF) is pleased to announce the 2012 recipients of the Newport Student Travel Grants and the Incubic/Milton Chang Student Travel Grants. The 15 recipients, from 10 countries, will present research papers this week at the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO: 2012) in San Jose.

Sponsored by Newport Corporation, the Newport Student Travel Grants recognize the research excellence of students presenting their work at CLEO: 2012. The winners, selected by the CLEO: 2012 program chairs, will each receive a $1,000 travel grant.

The Incubic/Milton Chang Student Travel Grants, endowed by Milton and Rosalind Chang, provide 10 grants up to $500 to enable students to present at the annual CLEO and Frontiers in Optics meetings. Grant applications are reviewed by the Awards & Grants Subcommittee of OSA’s Membership and Education Services Council. Students’ paper submissions, financial need and letters of recommendation are all carefully reviewed during the selection process.

The Newport Travel Grant recipients are:

  • Vinivus de Olivera, Federal University of Technology, Panara, Brazil
    Paper: Green Synthesis of Sub-10 nm Gold Nanoparticles by Two-step Laser Irradiation

  • Boris Desiatov, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
    Paper: Parabolic Tapered Photonic Crystal Cavity in Silicon

  • Nazanin Hoghooghi, University of Central Florida, USA
    Paper: 120 dB.Hz2/3 Spur Free Dynamic Range from a Resonant Cavity Interferometric Linear Intensity Modulator

  • Ondrej Kitzler, Macquarie University, Australia
    Paper: High Power CW Diamond Raman Laser: Analysis of Efficiency and Parasitic Loss

  • Christos Vagionas, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
    Paper: All Optical Flip Flop with Two Coupled Traveling Waveguide SOA-XGM Switches

The Incubic/Milton Chang Travel Grant recipients are:

  • Jehan Akbar, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom
    Paper: High average power (200 mW) 40 GHz mode-locked DBR lasers with integrated tapered optical amplifiers

  • Sharad Bhooplapur, University of Central Florida, USA
    Paper: Coherent Optical Measurement of the Modulation Dynamics of Injection-Locked VCSELs

  • Francesco de Ros, DTU Fotonik, Denmark
    Paper: Gain optimization in fiber optical parametric amplifiers by combining standard and high-SBS threshold highly nonlinear fibers

  • Ming Ding, University of Southampton, United Kingdom
    Paper: Robust Mode-Selection in Optical Bottle Microresonators

  • Moshen Rahmani, National University of Singapore, Singapore
    Paper: Planar Isotropic Rotor-Shaped Nanostructures: an Alternative to Develop Oligomers

  • Sergey Stremoukhov, M.V. Lomonsov Moscow State University, Russia
    Paper: Effective Methods of Simultaneous Control over Terahertz and High-Order Harmonic Generations

  • Xiao Sun, University of Toronto, Canada
    Paper: Compact Hybrid Plasmonic TE-pass Polarizer on SOI

  • Sebastian Wuestner, Imperial College London, United Kingdom
    Paper: Nonlinear mode competition in a lasing nanoplasmonic metamaterial

  • Soroush Hossein Yazdi, University of Maryland, USA
    Paper: A Nanoporous Optofluidic SERS Microsystem for Sensitive and Repeatable On-Site Detection of Melamine

  • Wei Yu, University of Maryland, USA
    Paper: Optofluidic SERS on Paper: A Lateral Flow Concentration Assay Using Inkjet Fabricated SERS-Active Substrates

About the OSA Foundation

The OSA Foundation (OSAF) was established in 2002 to support philanthropic activities that help further the Optical Society's (OSA) mission. The OSAF is concentrating its efforts on programs that provide career and professional development resources and support awards and honors that recognize technical and business excellence. The grants funded by the OSA Foundation are made possible by the generous donations of its supporters as well as the dollar-for-dollar match by OSA. The Foundation is exempt from U.S. federal income taxes under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is a public charity. To learn more about the OSA Foundation, please visit www.osa-foundation.org.

About Newport Corporation

Newport Corporation is a leading global supplier of advanced-technology products and systems to customers in the scientific research, aerospace and defense/security, microelectronics, life and health sciences and precision industrial manufacturing markets. Newport's innovative solutions leverage its expertise in photonics technologies, including lasers, photonics instrumentation, sub-micron positioning systems, vibration isolation, optical components and subsystems and precision automation, to enhance the capabilities and productivity of its customers' manufacturing, engineering and research applications. Newport is part of the Standard & Poor's SmallCap 600 Index and the Russell 2000 Index.

About CLEO

With a distinguished history as the industry's leading event on laser science, the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO) is where laser technology was first introduced. CLEO unites the field of lasers and electro-optics by bringing together all aspects of laser technology, with content stemming from basic research to industry application. CLEO: Expo showcases the latest products and applications from more than 300 participating companies from around the world, providing hands-on demonstrations of the latest market innovations and applications. The Expo also offers valuable on-floor programming, including Market Focus and the Technology Transfer program.

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 provides the full range of critical developments in the field, showcasing the most significant milestones from laboratory to marketplace. With an unparalleled breadth and depth of coverage, CLEO connects all of the critical vertical markets in lasers and electro-optics. For more information, visit the conference's website at www.cleoconference.org.

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