Kevin P. Thompson Optical Design Innovator Award

Kevin P. Thompson Optical Design Innovator Award

The Kevin P. Thompson Optical Design Innovator Award was established in 2017 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 recognizes significant contributions to lens design, optical engineering, or metrology by an individual as evidenced by one or more of the following: innovative and rigorous research; optical system design with a foundation in aberration theory; development of advanced metrology capabilities; product development; patents; or publications.

Candidates must be within ten (10) years of the completion of their highest degree earned in the year the award is presented, excluding career breaks (e.g., eldercare, maternity or paternity leave, adoption). The contribution is deemed significant, in that, an individual, who is at such an early phase of their career, has contributed substantially by advancing the discipline or application area.

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View the current Kevin P. Thompson Optical Design Innovator Award Selection Committee.

This award is endowed through The OSA Foundation. Please consider making a donation to this award endowment.

2018 - Ulrike Fuchs [Citation]

For interlinking aspects of optical design, tolerancing, metrology and manufacturing for aspherics to enable their usage as reasonable choice in optical systems.

Ulrike Fuchs, 2018 Recipient