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Recognizing faculty, student, staff, alumni accomplishments

Faculty Awards

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Govind Agrawal, the James C. Wyant Professor in Optics, received the Hajim School Lifetime Achievement Award.

Miguel Alonso, professor of optics, was named the new editor-in-chief of Optics Letters.

Riccardo Betti, the chief scientist at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics and the Robert L. McCrory Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, is a recipient of this year’s Lev D. Landau and Lyman Spitzer Jr. Award for Outstanding Contributions to Plasma Physics from the plasma physics divisions of the American and European Physical Societies.

Mujdat Cetin, professor of electrical and computer engineering, was appointed director of Goergen Institute for Data Science.

Chen Ding, professor of computer science, received the College Award for Undergraduate Teaching and Research Mentorship. 

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Marvin Doyley, professor and chair of electrical and computer engineering, was selected to be a fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering.

Sandhya Dwarkadas, the Arthur Arendt Hopeman Professor of Engineering and professor of computer science, received the Edmund A. Hajim Outstanding Faculty Award.

Greg Gdowski, executive director of the Center for Medical Technology and Innovation (CMTI)  and associate professor of biomedical engineering, was selected a fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation.

Ehsan Hoque, associate professor of computer science, was selected as an Emerging Leader by  the National Academy of Medicine.

Jennifer Kruschwitz, assistant professor of optics, was elected a board member of the Inter-Society Color Council, the principal professional society in the field of color in the United States. 

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Jiebo Luo, professor of computer science, was appointed editor-in-chief of the IEEE Transactions on Multimedia.

Gonzalo Mateos, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, was appointed as the Asaro Biggar Family Fellow in Data Science.

Benjamin Miller, professor of dermatology and of biomedical engineering, was selected as a fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering.

Andrea Pickel, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, received a Doctoral New Investigator Award from the American Chemical Society.

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Jannick Rolland, the Brian J. Thompson Professor of Optical Engineering, director of the Center for Freeform Optics, and co-founder of LighTopTech, received an Engineer of Distinction Award from Rochester Engineering Society and was selected as the 2020 recipient of The Optical Society (OSA) Joseph Fraunhofer Award/Robert M. Burley Prize

Michael Scott, the Arthur Gould Yates Professor of Engineering and chair of computer science, received the William H. Riker University Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching.

Scott Seidman, professor of biomedical engineering, received the Goergen Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

Nick Vamivakas, professor of quantum optics and quantum physics and AS&E dean of graduate education and postdoctoral affairs, received the Kate Gleason Young Engineer of the Year Award  from the Rochester Engineering Society.

David Williams, the William G. Allyn Professor of Medical Optics and director of the Center for Visual Science received the 2021 David F. Weeks Award for Outstanding Vision Research from the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology. 

Staff awards

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Aaron Bauer, a research engineer in Jannick Rolland’s group at The Institute of Optics, was the 2020 recipient of the Kevin P. Thompson Optical Design Innovator Award by the Optical Society (OSA).

Bonnie Lipari, the senior faculty research administrator in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, received the 2020 Hajim Outstanding Staff Award.

Dustin Newman, undergraduate program manager at the Institute of Optics, received the Dottie Welch Award.

Wolfgang Theobald, a senior scientist at the Laboratory of Laser Energetics, is a recipient of this year’s Lev D. Landau and Lyman Spitzer Jr. Award for Outstanding Contributions to Plasma Physics from the plasma physics divisions of the American and European Physical Societies.

David Turnbull, a scientist at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE), is a recipient of the 2020 Excellence in Fusion Engineering Award from Fusion Power Associates for his plasma photonics and laser-plasma instability research, and for his leadership abilities. 

 

Student awards

(see recipients of Hajim School and Department Awards here)

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Raquel Esther Ajalik, PhD student, biomedical engineering, received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

Ashan Ariyawansa, an optics PhD student, received an Optics and Education Scholarship from SPIE.

Laasya Bangalore, PhD student in computer science, received a 2020 Edward Peck Curtis Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student.

Jeffrey William Beard, PhD student in biomedical engineering, received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

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Caroline Cardinale ’21 of mechanical engineering received an Astronaut Scholarship.

Lele Chen, PhD student in computer science, received a Donald M. and Janet C. Barnard Fellowship.

Joseph (Tre) Dipassio, PhD student in electrical engineering, received a 2020 Edward Peck Curtis Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student.

Ethan Fahnestock ’21, interdepartmental engineering, received a Goldwater Scholarship.

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Gary Ge, MD/PhD student in optics, received an NIH Kirschstein National Research Service Award of $202,000 to continue his research on medical imaging - ultrasound, optical, and magnetic resonance imaging. He also received an Optics and Education Scholarship from SPIE.

Mitchell Juneau, PhD student in chemical engineering, received a Donald M. and Janet C. Barnard Fellowship.

Jacob Kallenbach, PhD student in biomedical engineering, received a predoctoral fellowship from the Wilmot Cancer Institute.

Antonio Ladron de Guevara Ruiz, PhD student in biomedical engineering, received a 2020 Edward Peck Curtis Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student.

David Lippman, an optics PhD student, received the Optical Design and Engineering Scholarship from SPIE.

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Christie Massie, a PhD student in biomedical engineering, received a Donald M. and Janet C. Barnard Fellowship.

Adwityeea Misra, a PhD student in biomedical engineering, received a NIH Kirschstein National Research Service Award of $202,000 to continue her research won Influence of Cytokines on the Regenerative Potential of the Epicardium

Benjamin Nussbaum ’21 of optics received an Optics and Education Scholarship from SPIE.

Sedigheh Sheykholeslami Poul, PhD student in mechanical engineering, received a 2020 Edward Peck Curtis Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student.

Geemi Wellawatte, PhD student in chemical engineering, received a Molecular Sciences Software Institute fellowship.

Alumni awards

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Daniel Blumenthal ‘81 of electrical engineering, now a professor at the University of California Santa Barbara, was the recipient of OSA’s 2020 C.E.K. Mees Medal for his work with photonic integrated circuits and their applications.  

Eva Hansen ’18 biomedical engineering, now at the University of California at San Francisco, received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

Gregory Hernandez ’20 of audio and music engineering, received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and a Fulbright grant.

Susan Houde-Walter ’83MS ’87PhD, the Institute of Optic's first tenured woman professor and CEO of LMD Power of Light Corp. (doing business as LaserMaxDefense), received the 2019 Engineer of the Year Award from the Rochester Engineering Society. 

Anna Kopp ’18 chemical engineering, now at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

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Daniel Krajovic ’20 of chemical engineering, now at University of Minnesota, received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

Suman Kumar ’19 of mechanical engineering received the Global Engineering Student Award from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Emma Luke ’19 biomedical engineering, now at the University of Utah, received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

Robert Shannon, ‘54’ 57 (MA) received an honorary doctor of engineering degree from the University.

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Gabriel Sarch ’20 of biomedical engineering, now at Carnegie Mellon University, received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

Sydney Shannon ’20 of biomedical engineering, now at Johns Hopkins University, received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

Anna Weldy ’20 of chemical engineering received a Fulbright grant to study at University of Copenhagen.

Raymond Yu ’19 of optics, now at the University of Southern California, received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

Fernando Zvietcovich, an optics PhD student now a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Houston, received the 2020 Outstanding Dissertation Award from AS&E for “Dynamic Optical Coherence Elastography.”