Ivan P. Kaminow Outstanding Young Professional Prize

Ivan P. Kaminow
Young Professional Prize

Established in 2015, this prize honors Ivan Kaminow for his many contributions to the field of optics and photonics as well as his dedication to mentoring and inspiring young researchers.

Each year, one young professional will receive funding to attend The OSA Winter Leadership Meeting in addition to an OSA-managed meeting of their choice. Recipients will also have the opportunity to be placed and mentored on OSA Committees, further enhancing their professional development. 

This fund is sponsored by the Kaminow family, Intel Corporation and personal donations from the OSA community.

Application deadline was 30 November 2016. 



Rocio Borrego-Varillas
Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
Rocío Borrego-Varillas received the MSc and the PhD in Physics from the University of Salamanca (Spain). Her research interests are ultrafast nonlinear optics, beam shaping and wavefront sensing, spectroscopy and high-power femtosecond lasers. She has been a visiting researcher in Prof. Krausz's group at the MPQ (Germany) and Prof. Lancis' group at the University Jaume I (Spain). In 2013 she was awarded a Marie Curie fellowship to carry out her postdoctoral research on 2D spectroscopy in the UV under the supervision of Prof. Cerullo at the Politecnico di Milano (Italy). 

Dr. Borrego-Varillas has been an active member of OSA since 2013. She has volunteered as a young professional and has participated in grant reviews, youth education material projects as well as a blog contributor. She is also one of the General Chairs of IONS and is involved in the OSA Nonlinear Optics technical group committee.

Prize History

In 2016 the Outstanding Young Professioanls Prize was renamed in honor of Ivan P. Kaminow and is now fully funded by the generous support of OSA Foundation donors to the Ivan P. Kaminow Young Professional Prize Endowment.

Previous Recipients:


  • Alvaro Casas-Bedoya, University of Sydney, Australia
  • Antigone Marino, Italian National Research Council, Italy


  • Arlene Smith, University of Michigan, USA


  • Arti Agrawal, City University, London, United Kingdom


  • Giovanni Volpe, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey
  • Laura Waller, University of California-Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, USA

About Ivan

Ivan was a pioneer who helped revolutionize the telecommunications industry. An OSA Member for 48 years, Ivan received many awards over his career, including the Charles Hard Townes Award, John Tyndall Award, and Frederic Ives Medal/Jarus W. Quinn Endowment. Ivan was respected among his peers and known for influencing and guiding future innovators in the field of optics and photonics. 

More information on Ivan’s accomplishments can be found here.