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.

2018 Recipient

2016_Prize_Recipient.jpgAmol Choudhary
University of Sydney, Australia
Dr. Amol Choudhary is the Australian Research Council’s Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA) fellow at the School of Physics, University of Sydney. His area of research is in integrated optics focusing on the development of on-chip mode-locked lasers and nonlinear optical signal processing. His most important contributions are the demonstration of fundamentally mode-locked multi-GHz repetition-rate waveguide lasers  that can have potential applications in optical frequency comb metrology (Optics Letters, 37, 4416-4418, 2012 and Optics Express Optics Express, 21, 19608–19614, 2013) and a technique for the on-chip purification of optical frequency combs for telecommunications applications (Optics Letters , 42, 5074-5077, 2017). He completed his PhD in 2014 from the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) at the University of Southampton after which he was awarded the EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellowship to work on graphene-based pulsed laser Systems at the ORC. He holds a dual MSc Degree in Photonics from the University of St. Andrews, UK and the Gent University, Belgium and an undergraduate degree from the Delhi College of Engineering, University of Delhi, India.

Amol has been an active member of the Optical Society (OSA) for more than 7 years. He is currently serving on the CLEO Science and Innovations Nonlinear Optical Technologies sub-committee (S&I 4). He also volunteers in the OSA’s Young Professionals (YP) program reviewing many grant applications and is also an active reviewer for OSA journals. Amol and his colleagues have recently published papers in Optica, Optics Express and Optics Letters and have also presented their research at OSA conferences: CLEO, ASSL and OFC.

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:


  • 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.

TO APPLY -  Access the application through the OSA SPECTRUM grant and scholarship application portal.

Applications for 2019 will open on 1 October and close on 15 November 2018.