2 May 2018


The Optical Society Announces the 2018 Esther Hoffman Beller Medal Recipient

WASHINGTON—The Optical Society (OSA) is pleased to name Uli Lemmer, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany, the recipient of the 2018 Esther Hoffman Beller Medal. Lemmer is honored for developing a vision for an international education program in optics that appreciates its importance as an enabling technology, and successfully establishing the Karlsruhe School of Optics & Photonics.
In 2006, Lemmer established the Karlsruhe School of Optics & Photonics (KSOP), Germany, and today the program has nearly 600 Master and PhD students and alumni from 40 different countries. KSOP embodies the cross-disciplinary nature of the field bringing together physicists and electrical engineers with scientists from other disciplines such as biology, chemistry, zoology, mechanical engineering, computer science, and many more. Lemmer’s work has ensured that KSOP students not only have solid foundations in research but benefit from the school’s industry-oriented MBA Fundamentals Program.
“Professor Lemmer’s approach with the Karlsruhe School of Optics & Photonics is an outstanding blueprint for education and training,” stated Award Selection Committee Chair, Andrea Blanco Redondo, University of Sydney, Australia. “The program has evolved to meet the changing needs of our field, while instilling in its students the value of good fundamentals. I commend Uli for his work in preparing the next generation for accelerated careers at world leading academic institutions and in high-technology industries.”

Uli Lemmer received the diploma degree in physics from Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen in 1990 and a Ph.D. from the University of Marburg in 1995. From 1995 to 1996, he held a postdoctoral position with the University of California at Santa Barbara. He was with the University of Munich from 1996 to 2002. In 2002, he was appointed a full Professor and director of the Light Technology Institute, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Since 2006, he has also worked as the coordinator of the Karlsruhe School of Optics & Photonics (KSOP) and is heading the device physics competence center, within the Innovation Lab in Heidelberg. His research interests are in the technology and the applications of printable organic and inorganic semiconductors.

About The Optical Society
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