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The Kevin P. Thompson Optical Design Innovator Award is being established to honor Kevin P. Thompson, who, among many other accomplishments, was known for leading breakthroughs in the understanding of the aberration fields of a new class of truly nonsymmetric optical systems using freeform optical surfaces.
The award will recognize contributions to optical engineering, lens design, or metrology at an early career stage. Candidates must be within ten (10) years of the completion of their highest degree earned in the year the award is presented. The inaugural honorarium is expected to be $3,000 USD. Additionally, we hope to provide travel stipend and registration to the honoree's meeting of choice to accept the award. (Travel and registration depend on endowment monies raised by 31 Dec 2017.)
The Foundation would like to thank Jannick Rolland and Synopsys for their generous support enabling us to launch this campaign.
More about Kevin
Kevin P. (Rolland-) Thompson, received his Ph.D. in Optical Sciences from the University of Arizona, College of Optical Sciences in 1980, where he worked with Professor Roland V. Shack on optical aberrations for optical systems without symmetry. Thompson’s undergraduate work was done at the University of Minnesota, Institute of Technology in the areas of astrophysics and physics.
Thompson was the Group Director, Research and Development/Optics at Synopsys, Inc. Thompson was known for leading breakthroughs in the understanding of the aberration fields of a new class of truly nonsymmetric optical systems using freeform optical surfaces.
Thompson was an active OSA volunteer having served as the Co-Chairman of the OSA Topical Meeting on Freeform Optics, and as a member of the OSA Fellows Selection Committee and of the Board of Meetings. He also served as Co-Chairman on the OSA Freeform Optics Incubator, as a Topical Editor of JOSA A, Geometrical Optics, and Chairman of the Optical Design Technical Group. He was a member of AAAS, IEEE, SAE, SID, and was an SPIE Fellow.
He was presented the 2015 Alumnus of the Year in Optical Sciences award by the University of Arizona in recognition of his significant contributions to the field of optical sciences and engineering, particularly in optical systems development. Thompson also received The Conrady Award for contributions to Optical Aberration Theory in 2013 from SPIE. Thompson was widely published and held three US patents.
Kevin P. (Rolland-) Thompson passed away on November 20, 2015.