Ivan P. Kaminow Outstanding Early Career Professional Prize

Ivan P. Kaminow
Outstanding Early Career
Professional Prize

Established in 2012, this prize honors Ivan Kaminow for his many contributions to the field of optics and photonics as well as his dedication to mentoring and inspiring early career researchers.

Each year, one early career professional member of OSA will receive funding to attend The OSA Leadership Meeting in addition to an OSA-managed meeting of their choice. Recipients will also have the opportunity to be placed and mentored on OSA Committees, further enhancing their professional development. 

The individual needs to be a current OSA Early Career Professional or Recent Graduate member. Active Individual OSA members may apply as long as they have achieved their highest degree in the last five to seven years.

This fund is sponsored by the Kaminow family, Intel Corporation and personal donations from the OSA community.

2019 Recipient

2019_Prize_Recipient.jpgRobert Woodward
Macquarie University, Australia

Dr. Robert Woodward is a Research Fellow at Macquarie University in New South Wales, Australia. His research interests broadly span the areas of ultrafast laser physics and optical fiber technology, with the aim of developing new fiber-based light sources for a range of applications. Specifically, Robert has contributed to the development and understanding of new nanomaterial-based saturable absorbers for flexible pulse generation and most recently, to various advancements of the state-of-the-art in mid-infrared fiber laser technology. Prior to this, he was awarded a Doctoral Prize Fellowship at Imperial College London (UK) following his PhD at the same institution, preceded by an MA and MEng from the University of Cambridge.

Robert has been an active member of the OSA community for many years, including as a Student Chapter President, Technical Group Committee Member and most recently, founding President of the Sydney Local Section. His work is regularly published in OSA journals / conferences and in 2017, he was awarded the OSA Outstanding Reviewer Recognition for contributions to peer review.

Prize History

In 2016 the Outstanding Young Professioanls Prize was renamed in honor of Ivan P. Kaminow and is now fully funded by the generous support of OSA Foundation donors to the Ivan P. Kaminow Early Career Professional Prize Endowment.

Previous Recipients:


  • Amol Choudhary, University of Sydney, Australia


  • Adam J. Fleisher, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), USA


  • Rocio Borrego-Varillas, Politecnico di Milano, Italy


  • Alvaro Casas-Bedoya, University of Sydney, Australia
  • Antigone Marino, Italian National Research Council, Italy


  • Arlene Smith, University of Michigan, USA


  • Arti Agrawal, City University, London, United Kingdom


  • Giovanni Volpe, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey
  • Laura Waller, University of California-Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, USA
OSA Foundation
Ivan Kaminow

About Ivan

Ivan was a pioneer who helped revolutionize the telecommunications industry. An OSA Member for 48 years, Ivan received many awards over his career, including the Charles Hard Townes Award, John Tyndall Award, and Frederic Ives Medal/Jarus W. Quinn Endowment. Ivan was respected among his peers and known for influencing and guiding future innovators in the field of optics and photonics. 

More information on Ivan’s accomplishments can be found here.

Applications for 2020 will open in October 2019.