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Tingye Li CLEO Prize

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The Tingye Li Innovation Prize, established in 2013, honors the global impact Tingye Li made to laser science and optical fiber communications.



The prize is presented to an early career professional who has demonstrated innovative ideas in their accepted paper to CLEO, the premier conference for lasers and electo-optics. The recipient recieves a US$3,000 prize, an invitation to the CLEO Chairs’ Reception and special recognition during the conference. This honor is endowed by Alliance Fiber Optic Products, Inc., AT&T, The Optical Society, IEEE Photonics Society, IEEE Communications Society, Thorlabs, Inc., the Li Family and supporters of the Tingye Li Memorial Fund.


How to Apply:

You can apply through the CLEO registration process. Learn more on the conference website.

Application Dates:

The submitting author must opt-in to the competition during the regular paper submission process and follow all of the instructions provided on the submission site.
Paper Submission Deadline: 02 December 2021

Applicants Must:

  • Applicant must have an accepted paper to CLEO or a Post Deadline Paper (PDP) who "opted in" during the submission process.
  • Eligible applicant is no older than the age of 39 during the calendar year the prize is given.
  • Applicant must be responsible for and exhibit innovative ideas in their research.
  • Applicant must agree to let The Foundation use their picture, name and story in program marketing opportunities.

Learn more about submitting a paper to CLEO.


Selection Committee

The winner is selected by the CLEO conference chairs.

2021 Recipient

2021 Tingye Li Innovation Prize Recipient Yating Wan

Yating Wan, University of California Santa Barbara

Wan received the prize for her paper "1.3 µm regrown quantum-dot distributed feedback lasers on Si: a pathway to scale towards 1 Tbit/s." This innovative work offers a path towards high-volume, low-cost commercial transceivers enabled by silicon photonics. It is one of the many technical advances she has demonstrated in integrated photonics.


Past Recipients

  • Julia Gessner, National Institute of Standards & Technology, USA (CLEO - 2020)
  • Di Che, Nokia Bell Labs, USA (OFC - 2020)
  • Shai Tsesses, Technion- Israel Institute of Technology, Isreal (2019)
  • Eric Numkam Fokoua, University of Southampton, UK (2019)
  • Benjamin Lee, IBM TJ Watson Research Center, USA (2018)
  • Logan G. Wright, Cornell University, USA (2018)
  • Tetsuya Hayashi, Sumitomo Electric, Japan (2017)
  • Yoshitomo Okawachi, Columbia Univ., USA (2017)
  • Marcus Seidel, Max-Planck-Institute of Quantum Optics, Germany (2016)
  • Kohki Shibahara, NTT, Japan (2016)
  • Tae Joon Seok, University of California, Berkeley, USA (2015)
  • Antonietta De Sio, Universitat Oldenburg, Germany (2015)


View Past Winners