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Professor Ellis gives invited talk at Frontiers in Optics; Julia hands out awards

Photograph of Professor Ellis giving an invited talk at the FiO Meeting. (Thanks Xiangzhi!)

Professor Ellis recently gave an invited talk at the Frontiers in Optics conference held in Rochester, NY this past October. The subject of his talk, IRIS – A new paradigm in laser refractive correction, was an overview of how femtosecond lasers and multi-photon absorption can induce meaningful refractive change in cornea and hydrogels. This work, with co-authors Gustavo Gandara, Dan Brooks, Kaitlin Wozniak, Sara Gearhart, Len Zheleznyak, Paul Funkenbusch, Wayne Knox, and Krystel Huxlin, is part of a larger research program centered on non-invasive vision correction.

Julia, handing out an award to 2005 Nobel Physics Laureate John Hall.

In addition to that talk, Professor Ellis was not the only person in the family participating in OSA’s 100 year celebration. Julia Ellis, his daughter, was selected to hand out awards to the panel of seven Nobel Laureates.

Group of Piglets finishes second in ASPE Student Competition

Results from the ASPE Student Competition

Ethan Burnham-Fay, Xiangzhi Yu, Fenghe Zhong, and Allie Browar placed second in the 3rd Annual ASPE Student Competition held in Portland, Oregon in late October this fall.  The group spent all night working on a laser scanning system using MechBlocks from MOTUS Mechanical.

Dan Brooks and Ethan Burnham-Fay discussing their experience in the ASPE Student Challenge.

Also, these four students, along with Chen Wang, Dan Brooks, Kaitlin Wozniak, and Bill Green were all recipients of NSF Grantee Scholarships to attend the ASPE Annual Meeting.

Sam & Mike awarded 1st Place at OptiFab 2015

Congratulations to Sam Butler and Mike Ricci, MS students in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, for presenting their work at the 2015 SPIE OptiFab conference in Rochester, NY. Their work with co-authors Chen Wang (UR-ECE) and Dr. Qun Wei (CIOMP and UR-Optics) entitled Homodyne displacement measuring interferometer probe for optical coordinate measuring machine with tip and tilt sensitivity was awarded 1st prize in the APOMA Outstanding Student Poster Competition, sponsored by the American Precision Optics Manufacturers Association (APOMA). More information on the award can be found here and their paper can be found here.