Women in Science

International Women's Day
8 March  2017


OSA is celebrating women in our field by sharing special tributes from Members.  The goal of the program is to honor and highlight aspiring and established women.

Help our community raise the profile of the amazing women impacting optics and other STEM fields by posting an accolade for someone you admire and respect. 

Additionally visit the OSA Stories section of our website to watch videos of OSA members as they share about their with and sources of inspiration.

International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

 

Anne_Tropper_and_Melanie_Campbell.jpgCommemorate the Women of Optics and Photonics Today!

Join us in honoring women who have made an impact on your research, career or life by submitting your tribute story.

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Marija Strojnik paid tribute to by Dr. Jaime Sandoval

I consider myself beyond fortunate to have had Dr. Strojnik as my mentor. Those years under her guidance were the most influential in defining my career. When I first started working with her, my...

Professor Millie Dresselhaus paid tribute to by Dr. Stephen Smith

I would rather be tasked with solving the three body problem and the Goldbach conjecture than trying to accurately portray the scope of scientific knowledge and mentoring of careers that Millie...

Marija Strojnik paid tribute to by Mr. Antonio Ortega

Dr Strojnik has been the advisor of many scientists in the Mexican optics and infrared community. She is a very special advisor. She managed to be just like a professional father (and mother!) to...

Marija Strojnik paid tribute to by Prof. Dr. Jorge L. Flores

Prof. Strojnik was my adviser during doctoral studies. She is a brilliant, enthusiastic, and dedicated researcher and an excellent professor. For that, I feel fortunate to have been working with...

Prof. Dr. Ling Fu paid tribute to by Prof. Dr. Qingming Luo

Dr. Ling Fu is a member of Britton Chance Center for Biomedical Photonics, Huazhong University of Science and Technology. She makes remarkable contributions as a scientist in field of optical...

Cristina Hernandez-Gomez paid tribute to by Dr. Klaus Ertel

I would like to thank Cristina for both supporting and challenging me over the last years. She's been an invaluable source of suggestions, advice and constructive criticism.

Natalia Maksimova paid tribute to by Prof. Dr. Evgueni F. Martynovich

For many years Natalia has been engaged in scientific research and teaching activities at the Irkutsk State University in Eastern Siberia. She is an expert in the field of luminescence and the...

Tracy Clement paid tribute to by Dr. Scott A. Diddams

Tracy Clement was my postdoc advisor when I started at JILA in 1996. She helped spark my interest in ultrafast nonlinear optics and always provided great energy, ideas, and positive guidance...

Millie Dresselhaus paid tribute to by Dr. William D. Phillips

Millie Dresselhaus, 1930-2017 was an inspiring figure of 20th century and 21st century physics. The recipient of both the US National Medal of Science and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, along...

Moumita Dutta paid tribute to by Dr. Goutam K. Samanta

I owe a lot to the lovely women in my life, Moumita, whom I met first time during our undergraduation. Her dedication and passion in science have been a major inspiration to me. Her attitude of not...

Antoinette Taylor paid tribute to by Dr. Rohit Prasankumar

Toni Taylor has been an inspiring mentor to countless students, postdocs, and scientists at LANL. Despite her significant leadership responsibilities, she has always made the time to guide junior...

Prof. Dr. Angela Guzman paid tribute to by Prof. Dr. Efrain Solarte

Angela is my friend, my classmate and the colleague of a thousand battles for the progress of the Optics in our country Colombia. She has firmly, kindly and enthusiastically maintained the banner...

Sara Seager paid tribute to by Prof. Dr. James van Howe

Sara Seager makes me want to drop what I am doing and help hunt for exoplanets! Grateful for the work of this brilliant physicist who is solving difficult problems while captivating our...

Jean Bennett (deceased) paid tribute to by Ursula J. Gibson

I first met Jean Bennett early in my time at the University of Arizona, and her enthusiasm for her work was infectious. Over the years, we met in various contexts and locations, and her positive...

Dr. Amalia Martínez paid tribute to by Dr. Eric Rosas

Dr. Amalia Martínez became te first women presiding the Academia Mexicana de Óptica and has fostered the participation and recognition of women in optics and photonics. She outstandingly lead the...

Dr Mona Bakr Mhamed paid tribute to by Mrs. abeer mohamed salah

Mona decided to spread her knowledge in Nanotechnology and Laser Techniques to all Egypt scientists. She is a brilliant scientist and exceptional leader who inspire me and numerous students; I saw...

Dr.Weining Man paid tribute to by Mr. Hong Zhu

On Summer 2015, I had a summer research internship with Dr. Weining Man at San Francisco State University. On that summer, I learned about different 2D structures of photonic crystal and computer...

Prof. María J. Yzuel paid tribute to by Prof. Carlos Ferreira

I know Prof. Yzuel for more than 40 years. I was very lucky of having the opportunity to work with her in several coordinate projects, under her supervision. She is a brilliant researcher, full of...

Dr. Torre Bydlon paid tribute to by Dr. Nathaniel Groothoff

I know Torre to be an enthusiastic, dedicated, committed and humble person displaying great purpose that I find truly inspirational. She applies all of these attributes, as a biomedical engineering...

Margaret Murnane paid tribute to by Maithreyi Gopalakrishnan

Dr. Margaret Murnane was an incredible role model and an inspiration to me through my three years of working for her. She is a brilliant scientist in the ultrafast field, and an exceptional leader...

Professor RAZEGHI Manijeh paid tribute to by Dr. Vinod Eric Sandana

It is my great pleasure to be a former PhD student of Professor Razeghi. I was guided by her into cutting edge research. She always sets high challenge for her students and gives them tools to...

Professor RAZEGHI Manijeh paid tribute to by Dr. Ferechteh Teherani

Professor Razeghi is the most amazing woman I have ever met. As a Professor and scientist, she has been sharing, teaching and training scientists with passion, generosity and patience. As a human...

Dr. Ladan Arissian paid tribute to by Dr. Jean-Claude M. Diels

Through her enthusiasm and creativity, from general laser science book writing to most complex high field physics and atomic and molecular optics, she has been an inspiration to me and to numerous...

Dr. Margarita Cunill Rodríguez paid tribute to by Ms. Alejandra Cárdenas Rosales

I wish to honor Dr. Cunill because she is a person who always has new and great ideas for applying science to benefit the health of people through research projects in the field of Biomedical...

Manijeh Razeghi paid tribute to by Dr. Yanbo Bai

I am extremely grateful to Prof. Razeghi as my Ph.D advisor. She led me to the exciting realm of quantum cascade lasers. Undoubtedly, she is the most energetic, optimistic, and passionate person I...

Manijeh Razeghi paid tribute to by Can Bayram

Prof. Razeghi has been an inspiration to me professionally and personally, more than a decade now. Every day, I strive to match her energy, her drive for excellence, and her leadership skills. I...

Manijeh Razeghi paid tribute to by Prof. Hooman Mohseni

I had the unique opportunity to have Manijeh as my PhD advisor almost two decades ago. I found her to be the most inspiring and yet demanding person, with an unstoppable dedication to science and...

Margaret Murnane paid tribute to by Franklin Dollar

As a collaborator, an advisor, a mentor, and a friend; there is not enough I can write to express my gratitude for all she has done. I strive to achieve the excellence and achievement which she...

Michal Lipson paid tribute to by Mengjie Yu

It is my great pleasure to work with Michal's group through my PhD career. As a pioneering scientist in silicon photonics, she is always very motivating and encouraging. One example is that she...

Nathalie Picque paid tribute to by Mengjie Yu

I am fortunate to meet Dr. Nathalie Picque, one of the leading researchers in the field of spectroscopy, and even cooperate with her as I first step into this field. Not only has she been...

Katharine Blodgett Gebbie paid tribute to by David Wineland

For more than two decades, Katharine Gebbie was director of the Physics and Physical Measurement Laboratories of NIST of which I am a member. Famous for her philosophy of finding good scientific...

Nimmi Ramanujam paid tribute to by Dr. Quan Liu

I would like to express my appreciation to my PhD advisor, Prof. Nimmi Ramanujam. I was among the first batch of PhD students when Nimmi was in Madison. I gained my first experience related to the...

Manijeh Razeghi paid tribute to by Olivier Acher

I had the chance to have Manijeh as mentor during my PhD, and I got from her many lessons and driving ideas that have guided me through my further career as a scientist and as an innovation...

Prof. Quing Zhu paid tribute to by Dr. Daqing (Daching) Piao

I have been fortunate to be selected by Dr. Zhu as her first PhD advisee who has since aspired to become someone like she is. What Dr. Zhu has always inspired me is her athleticism in academics...

Professor Maryellen L. Giger paid tribute to by J. Mulshine, Rush Univ.; J. Solway, Univ. Chicago; T. Baer, SPRC

Professor Maryellen L. Giger of the University of Chicago has been a pioneer in the development of quantitative radiomics and has made sustained, world-class contributions in the fields of medicine...

Gloria Hoefler paid tribute to by Dr. Amir Hosseini

Gloria joined our company with an ambitious goal of forming and leading a new group to identify and develop future technologies years ahead of our current product as well as starting the first US...

Maria Virgínia dos Santos paid tribute to by Miss Tâmara Ribeiro de Oliveira

I met Virgínia when I was 19 as an undergraduate student in physics in Recife,Brazil. She leads the chemistry lab in the department being a member of nonconvencional polymers group. I changed form...

Manijeh Razeghi paid tribute to by Jean-Pierre C. Leburton

Dr. Manijeh Razeghi is an enthusiastic and dedicated scientist with a phenomenal research activity. I have known her for more than 30 years, during which her enthusiasm with photonic devices never...

Dr. Thangam Parameswaran paid tribute to by Dr. Krishnan Parameswaran

My mother Dr. Thangam Parameswaran is an outstanding scientist who inspired me to pursue a career in optics. I fondly recall her bringing a HeNe laser and mirrors to my high school physics class...

Angela Guzman paid tribute to by Prof. Dr. Roman Castaneda

Angela has been definitive for the development of Optics in Colombia (Angela's land and mine too). For years she leader the Colombian Optics Net and its Optics National Meeting, which stablished a...

Donna Strickland paid tribute to by Prof. Gérard A. Mourou

Working with Donna particularly on the demonstration of CPA is certainly one of my most cherished moments in my life. I am greatly indebted to her talent and enthusiasm for the success of this...

Fiona Fuu paid tribute to by Mr. Wu Sun

Ms. Fiona Fuu is an excelent lady who has been concentrated in her own study field and she always offers me great support and understanding.Also she has given me a lot of useful advice and guidance...

Ms. Hui Wang paid tribute to by Mr. Wu Sun

I'd prefer to pay my tribute to Ms. Hui Wang, deputy director of CIOMP International Cooperation Department.She has been working for internaltional communication and cooperation in the field of...

Dr. Rema Nandakumar paid tribute to by Mr. Hari Nandakumar

Dr. Rema Nandakumar was my first teacher. She was also my Mother and an Ophthalmologist. She used to sit with me fo my studies in high school. She was one of the reasons I had an excellent rank in...

Nancy Spaulding paid tribute to by Ms. Marcia S Lesky

Nancy Spaulding was the first person who made science come alive for me. I was lucky to have her – the woman who wrote the book on Earth Science – as my 7th grade science teacher. She invited...

Dunja Soldo Roudnicky paid tribute to by Dijana Bogunovic

Dunja Soldo Roudnicky was an amazing role model, mentor, colleague and friend throughout my undergraduate years and early career at the Ruđer Bošković Institute in Zagreb, Croatia. Her expertise...

Sonaly Goswami paid tribute to by Prof. Dr. Debabrata Goswami

I owe a lot to the best person in my life, Sonaly, who is a uniquely inspiring person, with an incredible drive and passion. She knows no obstacles for achieving the goals and has been behind all...

Caroline Kulcsár paid tribute to by Carlos Correia

Caroline Kulcsár was co-adviser during my Ph.D. and is nowadays an excellent friend and colleague. She gave me real examples of inquisitive thinking, forbearance, resilience and devotion to science...

Prof. Maureen Reedyk paid tribute to by Dr. Aaron Slepkov

Dr. Reedyk was my undergrad thesis supervisor, summer research employer, and optics course instructor. The fact that she was (is!) the only female professor in the physics department was part of...

Jannick Rolland paid tribute to by Mr. Julius Augustin Muschaweck

Jannick is at the cutting edge of research in freeform optics for imaging - key results in theory and application come from her research group at Rochester. As director of the NSF Center for...

Lene Hau paid tribute to by Kirstine Berg-Sørensen

Prof. Lene Hau was my advisor/boss during my first postdoc, and has been a great inspiration as someone who has dared to change field of research - in her case from a Ph.D. in theoretical condensed...

Dr. Imrana Ashraf paid tribute to by Dr. Arif Ullah

Dr. Imran Ashraf, the first women in Pakistan to receive a PhD in the field of quantum optics, is best known for her achievements and accomplishments. As a teacher and adviser during my M Phil...

Prof. Susana Marcos paid tribute to by Ms. Aiswaryah Radhakrishnan

Susana has been my mentor during my doctoral research and she has taught me a lot more than what was required for the Dissertation. She introduced me to many aspects of optical instrumentation. She...

Dr. Jennifer Heath paid tribute to by Female Physics Students

Sometimes the world of physics can be a daunting and demoralizing experience for female students begining their studies. But with the availablility and support of two phenomenal female professors,...

Dr. Joelle Murray paid tribute to by Female Physics Students

Sometimes the world of physics can be a daunting and demoralizing experience for female students begining their studies. But with the availablility and support of two phenomenal female professors,...

Michal Lipson paid tribute to by Prof. Gustavo Wiederhecker

Michal’s achievements and major role in the field of nanophotonics isn't news around here. I would like to take this opportunity to applause her for being such a fantastic and generous mentor...

Manijeh Razeghi paid tribute to by Dr. Simeon Bogdanov

Dr Razeghi is a uniquely inspiring person, with an incredible drive and passion. She knows no obstacles for achieving technological wonders in her laboratory. Her courage, strong will and...

Nana Ama Browne Klutse paid tribute to by Mr. Andrew Huzortey

A day for honouring women in science should not pass without mentioning you Nana Ama Browne Klutse. Your genuine and sincere interest to offer assistance to anyone and everyone within and even...

Dra. Silvia Ledesma paid tribute to by Dr. Guillermo Pablo Ortiz

When I was still an undergraduate student, Silvia helped me to look for the needed confidence to try to be a researcher. And, other women also have impacted deeply in my career and life. Thank you...

Krauss Group Past and Present paid tribute to by Todd D. Krauss

Thanks to all our many women students and postdocs, past and present, who have contributed to the success of the group over the past 16 years!

Kathryn McCarthy (1924-2014) paid tribute to by Judy Donnelly

In 1968 as a nervous sophomore at Tufts University trying to hide my identity by using initials on homework (my name would have given me away as "the girl"), Dr. McCarthy invited me and a friend...

Michal Lipson paid tribute to by Dr. Sterling J. Backus

I have only worked with Michal briefly on the CLEO 2017 committee. In that time she has gained my respect and admiration as a scientist, and someone who is truly interested in our photonics...

Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Green paid tribute to by Dr. Patricia E. Bath

Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Green is a pioneering young professor who has combined medical knowledge and laser smarts to develop a methodology for treating cancer by using laser activated nano-particles...

Professor Alexandra Boltasseva paid tribute to by Justus Ndukaife

I have had the fantastic opportunity of being mentored by Professor Alexandra Boltasseva during my PhD program at Purdue University. I have found her to be very diligent, supportive, inspiring, and...

Prof. Jannick Rolland paid tribute to by Prof. Dr. Chandra Roychoudhuri

My first scientific encounter with Prof. Jannick Rolland was at an OSA annual conference at Rochester few years ago. I was presenting a poster paper on the deeper implications of Non-Interaction of...

Dr. Ana Predojevic paid tribute to by Dr. Tobias Huber

Dr. Predojevic helped me, gave me advice, showed me how to work scientifically, taught me about optics, lasers and quantum optics and discussed problems all the long years from my Master's thesis...

Margaret Murnane paid tribute to by Dr. Sterling J. Backus

I have worked with Margaret for most of my career. Margaret is an amazing scientist, exampled by the many awards she has been given. She is driven like no other scientist I have ever seen. Her...

Julie paid tribute to by Dr. Joseph M. Howard

Kudos to Julie Bentley for her unselfish commitment to education in optical design, as her many students over the past decade (or more) can attest to. I have her to thank for my own successful...

Margaret Murnane paid tribute to by Dr. Christopher Andrew Mancuso

In the five years Margaret advised me she taught me so much, not only about being a technically good scientist, but to really care about how science and technology can impact the world. She was...

Koena Mukherjee paid tribute to by Dr. Ajanta Barh

It has been immense pleasure and satisfactory to discuss and communicate on various scientific and philosophical things with Dr. Koena Mukherjee during my graduate days. She did her PHD from IIT...

Megan O'Hara paid tribute to by Dr. Robert Joseph Weiblen

Megan inspires me every day by protecting our water and natural resources every day by pollution control analysis methods and other micro- and macro-biological environmental scientific methods. She...

Prof. Camille Sophie Brès paid tribute to by Dr. Can Yao

Struggling to go back to the academic field after 2 years caring my first child, I am really lucky to meet Camille. She has offered me all her laboratory and information resources, so I was updated...

Mrs. Anita Upadhyay & Dr. Aradhana Upadhyay paid tribute to by Aditi Upadhyay

My tribute goes to my dear mother & sister for believing in me & inspiring me to follow my dreams. Mumma, your guidance, motivation & blessings have sustained me this far. Words can't express how...

Professor Melanie Campbell paid tribute to by Chelsea Liekhus-Schmaltz

Thank you Professor Campbell. I learned so much from your advanced optics class. You are an amazing teacher who made learning the subject straightforward and interesting. I feel like now I use...

Prof. Natalia Litchinitser paid tribute to by Dr. Apra Pandey

Dr. Natalia Litchinitser has been my mentor through my graduate studies and beyond. I would like to express my deepest respect and gratitude for her kindness and support.

Prof. Michal Lipson paid tribute to by Dr. Kasturi Saha

Prof. Michal Lipson, a world leader in research related to nanophotonics, has been my mentor and guide throughout my graduate life and beyond. I would like to take this opportunity to thank her for...

Prof. Lingbing Chen paid tribute to by Dr. Jianzhao Li

I am deeply grateful to Prof. Lingbing Chen, who was the supervisor of my M.Sc. study. I was guided by her into cutting edge research and got the foundation of my research interest and skills well...

Dr. Marija Strojnik paid tribute to by Camille Vasquez-Jaccaud

Dr. Strojnik accompanied me during my doctorate; playing an important role during these years of academic training. Her great ability to work and love for science are exceptional, she is a source...

YUAN Jingze paid tribute to by Hui Wang

Dr. Yuan is an amazing PhD student in Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics (CIOMP). During the International Year of Light 2015, Dr. Yuan is the students chapter leader of...

Liz Rogan paid tribute to by Dr. Susan N. Houde-Walter

Liz Rogan may not be a scientist, but she is important to scientists, esp. in optics. Scientists and engineers benefit from her effectiveness at running a dynamic and robust professional society...

Prof. Lene Hau paid tribute to by Dr. Susan N. Houde-Walter

I invited Prof. Hau to give a talk at the University of Rochester years ago when she was first becoming known for her work on slow light. She gave one of the most beautiful physics lectures I have...

Alexis Vogt paid tribute to by Dr. Susan N. Houde-Walter

Alexis Vogt runs the optics program at Monroe Community College in Rochester NY (succeeding Damon Diehl). It is a heavy teaching and administrative load that she shares with only one other faculty...

Dr. Janet Fender paid tribute to by Dr. Susan N. Houde-Walter

Janet Fender was the third woman to be elected as President of OSA. She is currently Chief Scientist, Air Combat Command, US Air Force. She is a serious scientist who also understands large...

Elsa Garmire paid tribute to by Dr. Susan N. Houde-Walter

Elsa Garmire was the second woman to be elected president of OSA. I met her when organizing a seminar about balancing career and personal life. I published her remarks in chapter 49 of "A Jewel In...

Jean Bennett (deceased) paid tribute to by Dr. Susan N. Houde-Walter

Jean Bennett was the first woman to be elected OSA President. I was a graduate student at the time, and she visited with students at U. Rochester and encouraged us to get involved with OSA. We...

Dr. Julie Bentley paid tribute to by Hillary Balonek

One of the main reasons why I left my first job to pursue an M.S. in Optics at U of R was to take Julie’s lens design class. I have since returned to industry, and the engineering skills that I...

Dr. Jennifer D. T. Kruschwitz paid tribute to by Hillary Balonek

I took Jen's thin film coating design classes as an undergraduate optics student at U of R. She is, first and foremost, a passionate and inspirational teacher, but she was also the first female...

Dominique Dagenais paid tribute to by Prof. Mario Dagenais

Dominique has been my soulmate since Graduate School at the University of Rochester. Through working at the US Naval Research Laboratory, in the private sector at Alcatel, and Avanex, and finally...

1/3 of all astronomers (1850-1940) paid tribute to by Dr. Mary Lou Jepsen

1/3 of all astronomers working globally from 1850 to 1940 were women. The invention of photography enabled a new kind of analysis that women were allowed to do. These women developed techniques to...

LAURA ROMERO paid tribute to by Mr. LUIS ARTAGNAN

Laura has been a star all along her career in the Nat. U. of Mexico and a powerful inspiration to our family to take the path of knowledge, joy and generosity as a way to give the best of us to...

Prof. María J. Yzuel paid tribute to by Dr. Carlos Lopez-Mariscal

I first met Prof. Maria Yzuel as a graduate student during a visit to our student chapter. Her constant advice and support ever since has strongly influenced my my professional career. She is not...

Malgorzata Kujawinska paid tribute to by Joanna Schmit

Malgorzata Kujawinska was my first mentor at work and she introduced me to many fascinating topics in optical testing; she demonstrated an infectious enthusiasm for science; she taught me the...

Prof. Caroline Boudoux paid tribute to by Dr. Jiawen Li

Caroline is kind, responsible and pleasant to work with. It has been a privilege and pleasure collaborating with her. She is a pioneer in many ways. She is not only a fabulous scientist, but also...

Julie Frish paid tribute to by Mickey Frish

What can a Daddy say to honor his daughter who chose to put herself in the world of nanophontonics without any parental encouragement? Maybe it started with the laser absorption spectroscopy demo...

Professor Carolyn Aita paid tribute to by Dr. Nada OBrien

Prof. Carolyn Aita was my Ph.D. advisor in the Materials Science and Engineering department. In addition to learning from her the process and science behind sputter deposition of transition metal...

Elizabeth (Betsy) Fantone paid tribute to by Dr. Stephen D. Fantone

I am grateful to my wife, Betsy, and her partnership, not specifically in the fields of science and optics, but in every field of life. Her support and encouragement, starting during my graduate...

Yuhong Bai paid tribute to by Hui Wang

I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to Dr. Yuhong Bai, the Director of the Journals Office in Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics (CIOMP), who led her team to...

Sister Diana Malone, BVM paid tribute to by Dr. Maryann Fitzmaurice

Sister Diana was my chemistry teacher in high school in 1969. She was the only person who took my interest in science seriously. My guidance counselor suggested that I train to be a secretary or...

Sylvia Freiman paid tribute to by C. David Chaffee

Mrs. Freiman was my fourth grade teacher in the 1960s. I wrote a paper, "Mrs. Freiman's Class Goes to the Moon." She was so delighted with it that she had me read it in front of the whole class...

Prof. Kaoru Minoshima paid tribute to by Thomas R. Schibli

I have the highest respect for Prof. Kaoru Minoshima, who is not only an outstanding researcher with seemingly limitless energy, but also a dear friend of some 15 years.

Alexandra Boltasseva paid tribute to by Soham Saha

Professor Boltasseva has made significant contributions to the world of optics by pioneering research in alternative plasmonic materials, together with her co-PI, Prof. Shalaev. She is an inspiring...

Dr. Karen Liu paid tribute to by Rebecca Andersen

For over fourteen years, Dr. Karen Liu worked to provide thoughtful and accurate research to the optical communications industry. Due to her research and analysis, countless companies within the...

QinQin Yu paid tribute to by Prof. Ping Yu

QinQin Yu graduated from MIT with a BS in physics in 2015. In 2014, QinQin along with her team started to initiate “Kepler Tech Lab”, a low-cost science laboratory in Rwanda. With partial support...

Margit Zacharias paid tribute to by Prof. Dr. Cornelia Denz

I know Margit since my first career steps in physics, as we both started our own projects. During our common career paths, we often met and supported each other as well as networking for women in...

Ursula Gibson paid tribute to by Ms. Amy Phillips

Ursula Gibson came to the Optical Sciences Center in Tucson, Arizona when I had just started a graduate program there. Standing in for Dr. Bernard Seraphin while he was on sabbatical, she set a...

Dr. Mala Mateen paid tribute to by Michael Hart

As a PhD student at UA's College of Optical Sciences, studying adaptive optics, Mala showed me what it really meant to "learn from one's student". Her whole approach was, and remains, one of...

Dr. Arlene Smith paid tribute to by Isabel Allegro

Arlene visited our student chapter to give a talk on professional development. By telling us about her successful career path, with some spontaneous decisions and not always a predefined plan to...

Deborah Jin paid tribute to by Dr. William D. Phillips

Debbie Jin (1968-2016) pioneered ultra-cold Fermi gases. After the 1995 demonstration of Bose-Einstein condensation (BEC) in an atomic gas, the next frontier was a quantum degenerate Fermi gas...

Katharine Blodgett Gebbie paid tribute to by Dr. William D. Phillips

Katharine Gebbie (1932-2016) was my leader at NIST for more than 30 years. She was the best laboratory director anyone could want. After a distinguished career in astrophysics, she devoted...

Ruth Houbertz sen. paid tribute to by Dr. Ruth Houbertz

This is a tribute to my mom Ruth (and my dad Dieter) who always believe in me. She is a great female who impacted my career in many different fields. They gave me strength, wisdom, passion...

Dr. Gloria Hoefler paid tribute to by Dr. Ruth Houbertz

This is my tribute to my very dear friend Gloria whom I know already from the beginning of our careers, now about 30 years. Although having received different education by training (I am physicist...

Dr. Serim Ilday paid tribute to by Dr. Ghaith Makey

I joined dr. Ilday's work in nonlinearity engineering two years ago. She is a great scientist with remarkable enthusiasm and limitless ideas. I hope the best to Serim and her family.

Dr. Monica L. Minden paid tribute to by Dr. David M. Pepper

I have known Monica for over 35 years as a laser physicist at HRL Labs (formerly, Hughes Research Labs). She's one of the most brilliant theoretical and experimental physicists I've had the...

Halina Rubinstein-Dunlop paid tribute to by Dr. Daryl Preece

If you are walking round a conference and a random women comes up to you and thanks the person your with for all their help chances are your walking with Halina. After blazing a trail herself and...

Anne L'Huillier paid tribute to by Dr. Anderson S. L. Gomes

My tribute goes to Prof Anne L’Huillier, whom I first met in Saclay (1988 – 1991), working in the first experiments on high order harmonic generation with a Nd:YAG laser. Although after that...

Monika Ritsch-Marte paid tribute to by Prof. Miles John Padgett

I first met Monika 10 years ago at a conference she had organised on Optical Tweezers at Obergurgl. There are people who write papers and then there are the people who write the papers that I wish...

Dr Carol Trager-Cowan paid tribute to by Prof. Gail McConnell

Anyone who has been taught by Carol cannot dispute her boundless enthusiasm for physics. She is a talented science communicator, and is passionate about teaching and research. She inspired me as an...

Jean Bennett (deceased) paid tribute to by Dr. James C. Wyant

Jean Bennett, who was the first female president of OSA, was an extremely interesting and pleasant person to work with and she was a pioneer in many ways. She taught me a lot about surface...

Ajanta Barh paid tribute to by Mr. Serhii Polishchuk

Kind and sincere person. Wise and strong woman. Passionate and intelligent scientist. She is a decent example of humanity and professionalism to follow. Her encouraging word, helping hand and...

Dr Parama Pal paid tribute to by Prof. Bishnu P. Pal

My professional colleagues tell me I am lucky that my daughter Parama chose Optics as a career. I treasure an amusing childhood (2-year old) photograph of her holding an issue of Photonic Spectra...

Nina Byers (deceased) paid tribute to by Prof. Anne Tropper

Nina Byers taught me quantum mechanics at Oxford in 1973. She was a Visiting Fellow from UCLA: in 8 tutorials she transformed my view of physics, and my estimation of my own ability. My previous...

Dr Ajanta Barh paid tribute to by Prof. Bishnu P. Pal

It has been a pleasure and academically stimulating to brainstorm on contemporary scientific ideas in Optics and Photonics with one of my woman graduate students Dr Ajanta Barh, who has been one of...

Dr. Asta Juzeniene paid tribute to by Dr. Kristian Pagh Nielsen

Dr. Asta Juzeniene is a leading scientist in the field of biomedical optics. She leads the research group on photobiophysics and supervise students at The Norwegian Radium Hospital in Oslo. I had...

Prof Elsa Garmire paid tribute to by Prof. Deborah M Kane

Thank you Elsa for giving generously of your time to provide feedback on one of my early research grant applications. It was a revelation to get feedback that really helped, and you had no...

Jia Yuan Yin paid tribute to by Prof. Tie Jun Cui

I’d like to recognize Jia Yuan Yin for her excellence in the fields of spoof surface plasmon polaritons. She is one of the few female PhD students in my group. She keeps a modest attitude, has...

Anna Consortini paid tribute to by Christopher Dainty

Anna Consortini, as a teacher and professor at the University of Florence, made a huge contribution over her career to the experimental characterisation of light that propagates through atmospheric...

Dr. Jasna Crnjanski paid tribute to by Ms. Angelina Totović

I am sure I am speaking in the name of all the students that ever had the pleasure and privilege to collaborate with Jasna when I say that she is not only a wonderful teacher, but rather a true...

Norna Robertson paid tribute to by Prof. Gabriela Gonzalez

I met Norna Robertson first in early 90's, when she visited Syracuse University as a professor from University of Glasgow and I was a graduate student at Syracuse. I was already working in LIGO...

Prof Anne Neville paid tribute to by Prof. Animesh Jha

Anne Neville is a true academic with great vision for science and engineering. Anne opened a new opportunity for research in my career via Oncological Engineering Workshop which she organised...

Dr. Susan Houde-Walter paid tribute to by Per Sven Adamson

Dr. Susan Houde-Walter was one of my first mentors at The Institute of Optics. I witnessed her passion for sharing knowledge with others. Susan was one of the few professors that had the depth and...

Prof. Michal Lipson paid tribute to by Prof. Jaime Cardenas

Prof. Michal Lipson is a leader in the fields of nanophotonics and neurophotonics, an advocate for women in scientific and leadership roles, and a role model for scientists and engineers. She has...

Catherine Hirshfeld Crouch paid tribute to by Dr. Guy Beadie

I first met Catherine (now Prof. Crouch) in college, as we each took sophomore Physics in our first year. As the 4 years progressed, my appreciation only grew for how she intertwined her intellect...

Ana María Cetto paid tribute to by John Dudley

Ana María Cetto is a highly distinguished scientist who has served the community extensively over many years through senior appointments at the interface of science and politics. I had the great...

Ursula Keller paid tribute to by Dr. Eric W Van Stryland

I have known Dr. Ursula Keller since she was a graduate student, and have watched her career grow. I continue to be impressed with her contributions to science and technology.

Susan Houde-Walter paid tribute to by Dr. Eric W Van Stryland

Susan was my predecessor as OSA President and was an excellent mentor. I learned a great deal watching her lead meetings and strategic planning.

Marie Laslandes paid tribute to by Dr. Emmanuel Hugot

Marie Laslandes has been an amazing PhD student, working in the field of active and adaptive optics for astronomy in our group, had a post doctoral fellowship at Caltech on space active mirrors and...

Melanie Ott paid tribute to by Dr. Linda Mondin

I first met Melanie in 2005. I was junior staff at CNES, and I had just been tasked with getting a fibre laser in space (the first one, to my knowledge). I attended an ESA/NASA workshop, and found...

Dr Iwona Gorczynska paid tribute to by Dr. Danuta M Sampson

I would like to honor my friend Dr Iwona Gorczynska. For her passion to science, knowledge exchange and people. She is a great member of the scientific community. She is always very supportive and...

Prof. Dr. Ursula Keller paid tribute to by Dr. Alexandra Boltasseva

I am very grateful to Prof. Dr. Ursula Keller for her support and mentoring during my postdoc years when we interacted through European research program. Ursula played an important role in my...

Susan Houde-Walter paid tribute to by Dr. Damon W. Diehl

Susan has always expressed interest and support in my career, more so than any other faculty member outside my thesis advisor.

Prof. Michaela Kleinert paid tribute to by Jan Kleinert

Michaela and I connected as undergraduates via poetry at the MPI-K in Heidelberg. For her PhD, she started in an all-male research group at the U of Rochester, NY, forging a path, despite eternal...

Laura Ulitzky paid tribute to by Gustavo Schujman

I want to thank Laura, my wife, for sharing with our family her passion in Science. She is a biologist/researcher that evaluates medical devices for virus detection in human specimens to make...

Dr. Sumei Sun paid tribute to by Mr. Nicholas H. L. Wong

I wish to thank Dr. Sumei Sun for her mentorship during the formative years of my career. I met her when she was my supervisor in a project that I did on wireless relay network coding, during my...

Beverly Berger paid tribute to by Prof. Rana X Adhikari

Beverly Berger gives a lot of great advice. As a graduate student, making progress was sometimes like rolling a boulder up a hill over and over. Beverly had a knack of making just the right...

Prof. Ekaterina Shamonina paid tribute to by Prof. Dr. Boris Lukyanchuk

Prof. Ekaterina Shamonina reached excellent results in plasmonics and waves in metamaterials. She is certainly among the leaders in the field. I remember how my teacher, Alexey Abrikosov, told me...

Maria J. Yzuel paid tribute to by Pascuala Garcia-Martinez

I met Prof. Yzuel when I was a PhD student more than 20 years ago. She was the head of the project in which I was involved. The advance of Optics in Spain cannot really be undestood without the...

Sonja Franke-Arnold paid tribute to by Neal Radwell

I would like to thank Sonja for being so supportive and inspirational to me throughout my whole career. As a pioneering scientist of OAM and atom optics she has taught me so much and has always...

Mrs.Bharathi paid tribute to by Mr. Manjunath Somarapalli

Hey Mamma, You might have hold my hand for few years when I was young, but will hold my heart for ever. You own me and anything I do in this in this world is on behalf of you. I'll represent you...

Marja Admiraal paid tribute to by Mr. Joseph J van Rooij

My mother Marja, not active in the field of science herself, always encouraged me to pursue further studies. After my BSc in physics, I thought physics wasn't for me, so I did a MSc degree in...

Prof. Ling Fu paid tribute to by Fei Xia

I am grateful for Prof. Ling Fu's guidance in getting me started in the field of biomedical optics when I was an undergraduate. She has been both an excellent researcher and a dedicated educator...

Dr. Desiré Whitmore paid tribute to by Dr. Brian Monacelli

You'll seldom encounter a technical teacher as passionate about her work as Desiré. She's a brilliant scientist, a clear communicator, and a strong role model for her students, so I am honored to...

Pr Jannick Rolland paid tribute to by Ass Pr Thierry Lepine

Thank you OSA to give me the opportunity to sincerely thank Pr Jannick Rolland for her leadership in optical engineering, and especially for her major contributions in the field of optical systems...

Dr Jennifer Hastie paid tribute to by Alan Kemp

Over the years, my colleague Jennifer Hastie has set the standards for rigour, insight and constructive collaboration that I aspire one day to match. 15 years of working with you have made me a...

Mrs. Kamala Kumari Behera paid tribute to by Ms. Saraswati Behera

She is my mother and best friend who is the inspiration behind my journey to research. She is the woman who took all pain throughout her life and struggled with finance, support, health and...

Dr. Arti Agrawal paid tribute to by Dr. Manish Tiwari

I would sincerely thank Dr. Arti Agrawal for all her help, support and guidance during my visit to City University London in a UKIERI project. I learnt a lot from her about modeling and simulation...

Dr K.S.Lakshmi paid tribute to by Prof. R. Vijaya

Dr.K.S.Lakshmi was the principal of the college I applied to after my school education. I did not get admission to Engineering college in spite of my good marks because of the government policy of...

Prof. Monika Ritsch-Marte paid tribute to by saranjam Khan

I am deeply indebted to Prof. Monika Ritsch-Marte. I have had the pleasure of working under her supervision during my PhD studies. She has guided me at every step throughout my doctoral career. I...

Gwo-Ching Wang paid tribute to by Dr. Xi-Cheng Zhang

I would like to use this opportunity to sincerely thank Prof. Gwo-Ching Wang for her leadership and dedication at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where I spent 20 years as a physics faculty.

Dr. Jennifer Choy paid tribute to by Prof. Mikhail Kats

I'd like to recognize Jennifer Choy for her excellence in the fields of nanophotonics (while at Harvard) and cold-atom-based inertial sensors (at Draper), and for always making everyone around her...

Dr.Marija Strojnik paid tribute to by Dr. Guillermo García-Torales

I sincerely thank Dr.Marija Strojnik for encouraging me to follow the “path of light”, sharing generously her deep knowledge of optics as my adviser, his love for science as a researcher and her...

Prof. Nathalie McCarthy paid tribute to by Prof. Sophie LaRochelle

I am deeply indebted to Prof. Nathalie McCarthy who introduced me to optics when I was an undergraduate student. With patience and dedication, she trained me in the basics of experimental research,...

Dr. Kathleen Richardson paid tribute to by Erick Koontz

Kathleen's impact on my graduate and professional career is impossible to overstate. She is a pioneering glass scientist, first rate professor, manager, and an amazing person. Without Kathleen's...

Prof. Alexandra Boltasseva paid tribute to by Prof. Nathaniel Kinsey

I'm eternally grateful for the amazing training, leadership, and unwavering support that Prof. Boltasseva provided me during my PhD. During this time she trained me in the field of optical...

Professor Eleanor E.B. Campbell paid tribute to by Prof. Nadezhda M Bulgakova

Professor Eleanor Campbell is Chair of Chemistry, School of Chemistry, University of Edinburgh. Her research interests are ranging from fundamental studies of interaction of fs laser pulses with...

Angela Guzmán paid tribute to by Dr. Abdiel Osvan Pino

Ángela, has contributed to the development of Optics and Photonics in Latin America. She is an enterprising lady, collaborated and she has supported me a lot in the diffusion of the Optics in my...

Professor Sue A. Carter paid tribute to by Sage Doshay

I am deeply thankful for Professor Carter's having given me my first research position, when I was an undergrad, and for encouraging me to continue on towards a Ph.D at a top-tier institution.

Dr.Noginova paid tribute to by Miss Alexis Dominque Bullock

Hello, My name is Alexis Bullock, and I am a Researcher at CMR. My academic, and research advisor is Dr. Noginova she is an amazing leader whom enhances students knowledge to an infinite number...

Mercedes Gimeno-Segovia paid tribute to by Sam Morley-Short

I'd like to thank Mercedes for the countless hours of tutelage, help and advice she has given me in my PhD so far, and thank her in advance for those she has (hopefully!) yet to give. Her...

Susan Houde-Walter paid tribute to by Mr. Ronian Siew

Professor Susan Houde-Walter has had a significant influence as teacher, researcher, past president of the OSA, and co-founder and CEO of Lasermax. She was very generous with her time, and she let...

Xomalin G. Peralta paid tribute to by Mr. Guillermo A Naranjo

I have had the pleasure of working with Dr. Peralta since 2013. She has guided me every step of the way throughout my doctoral career. I am what I have become today thanks to her guidance and...

Tayyaba Hasan paid tribute to by Prof. Irene Georgakoudi

For over twenty years now, Dr. Tayyaba Hasan has been a wise mentor, an inspiring and trusting research advisor, a colleague and collaborator. She has guided me throughout critical moments of my...

Dr. Miriam Deutsch paid tribute to by Fehmi Sami Yasin

Dr. Miriam Deutsch created an NSF GRFP workshop in which she provided mentor ship to tens of students and guided us through the application process. I am indebted to her for her confidence in me as...

Shannon O'Leary paid tribute to by Prof. Dr. Michael J Crescimanno

Shannon's profound physical intuition and masterful experimental technique has made a deep impression on her colleagues and the many students she trained in her experimental quantum optics...

Adriana H. Aceves paid tribute to by Dr. Alejandro B. Aceves, OSA Fellow

I met Adriana in 1977, when we were Physics undergraduate students at UNAM, Mexico. In 1981 we bacame partners for life and continued our journey into family and science. Remarkably, we both did...

Kiki L'Italien paid tribute to by Dr. Yoshitomo Okawachi

Kiki was the OSA Chapters & Student Services Manager when we first got started as students in our respective Student Chapters and is responsible for all of the getting us all in the thick of things...

Renata Reisfeld paid tribute to by Dr. Lilia Coronato Courrol

Renata Reisfeld is an Israeli Professor of Chemistry and D.H.C. Enrique Berman Professor of Solar Energy at Institute of Chemistry of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, author of 532...

Dr. Susan Schneider paid tribute to by Dr. Anis Rahman

I have worked in Susan Schneider's lab in the late 80s and early 90s to earn PhD in engineering. Without her active help it would not have been possible for me to earn the degree.

Arti Agrawal paid tribute to by Jennifer Mehltretter

I have worked with Arti this past year and she has been a great OSA role model for me to learn from. It can be daunting as a new staff member to learn about an organization, but Arti has been so...

Ada Lovelace paid tribute to by Ms. Mary E Wheeler

Known as the first computer programmer, Ada Lovelace has inspired generations of successors and represents the often under stated importance and role of women in science and technology. She viewed...

Lauren Lazarus paid tribute to by Catherine M. Johnson

From the time she was a young girl, Lauren impressed me with her sense of curiosity, her creativity and her appreciation of science. She pushed the limits of education, earning a PhD in...