Students to Receive New Robert S. Hilbert Memorial Travel Grant


Lyndsay Meyer
The Optical Society

Students to Receive New Robert S. Hilbert Memorial Travel Grant

WASHINGTON, June 14—The OSA Foundation (OSAF) and Optical Research Associates (ORA®) are pleased to announce the establishment of the Robert S. Hilbert Memorial Travel Grant. Funded by ORA as a memorial to their former President and Chief Executive Officer Robert S. Hilbert, this program recognizes the research excellence of students in the areas of optical engineering, lens design, and/or illumination design.

The first recipients of these grants will present their papers at the Optical Society’s (OSA) 2010 International Optical Design Conference (IODC) taking place this week in Jackson Hole, Wyo. The recipients were formally recognized today during the Surface Plasmons Plenary and during a reception hosted by ORA.

The following students were awarded this years grants:

  • Amber M. Beckley, University of Rochester, USA
    Paper: Imprinting Aberrations in the Stokes Parameters of a Focal Spot

  • Joshua J. Kim, University of Arizona, USA
    Paper: Modeling Transflective LCD Illumination Systems

  • Garam Yun, University of Arizona, USA
    Paper: Three-dimensional Polarization Ray Tracing and Diattenuation Calculation

“We are excited to recognize the impressive research skills that these students demonstrated by awarding them with the Hilbert Memorial Travel Grants,” said IODC Program Chair Julie Bentley. “This grant is a fitting tribute to Bob Hilbert and we look forward to seeing the many accomplishments that these students will achieve in the future, just as Bob did in his productive career.”

“Bob Hilbert had a longstanding commitment to fostering technical innovation in optics and supporting optics education,” said George Bayz, president and chief executive officer of ORA. “This grant honors his memory by providing extraordinary opportunities for students to pursue their careers in optics by attending professional meetings and conferences. ORA is delighted to highlight the achievements of this year’s grant recipients and congratulates them on their contributions to the 2010 IODC.”

The Robert S. Hilbert Memorial Travel Grants are awarded to students presenting at IODC; OSA’s Annual Meeting, Frontiers in Optics (FiO); and selected other OSA topical meetings. The 2010 recipients were selected by the program chairs of IODC. More information on this grant and the other OSA Foundation grants please visit the OSAF website.

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 by concentrating its efforts on programs that advance youth science education, provide optics and photonics education to underserved populations, 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

About ORA

Optical Research Associates (ORA) is the industry's leading supplier of imaging and illumination design/analysis software: CODE V® and LightTools®. ORA’s Engineering Services group provides imaginative, cost-effective solutions across the entire spectrum of optical design, with more than
4,800 completed projects since the company was founded in 1963. Working with their software distribution partners, ORA now has customers in more than 25 countries. For more information, visit

About OSA

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