Four OSA Members Elected to the National Academy of Engineering


Lyndsay Meyer
The Optical Society

Four OSA Members Elected to the National Academy of Engineering

WASHINGTON, Feb. 24—Four members of the Optical Society (OSA) were recently elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in scientific research and engineering. They were among 66 new members and 10 foreign associates of the NAE in 2012.

The OSA fellows and members elected to the National Academy of Engineering are:

  • James J. Coleman, Intel Alumni Endowed Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering; professor of materials science and engineering; director of the Semiconductor Laser Laboratory, University of Illinois-Urbana, USA -- For contributions to semiconductor lasers and photonic materials.

  • James R. Fienup, Robert E. Hopkins Professor of Optics; professor, Center for Visual Science; senior scientist, Laboratory for Laser Energetics; professor of electrical and computer engineering, University of Rochester, USA -- For development and applications of phase retrieval algorithms.

  • Alan H. Gnauck, distinguished member of the technical staff, Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent, USA -- For contributions to high-speed, high-capacity lightwave communications systems.

  • Roger H. Stolen, distinguished visiting professor in materials science and engineering; faculty member in the Center for Optical Materials Science and Engineering Technologies, Clemson University, USA -- For contributions to fiber nonlinear optics and invention of polarization preserving fiber.

According to the NAE, Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to "engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature," and to the "pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education."

For a list of all of this year’s elected members and associates, view the full National Academy of Engineering press release.

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