Prof. Joseph H. Eberly

University of Rochester

Eberly has been the recipient of the Charles Hard Townes Award, the Smoluchowski Medal and the Senior Humboldt Award. He was the president of the Optical Society of America in 2007. For his outstanding contributions in the theory of electron localization in atoms and molecules he was awarded in 2010 the Frederic Ives Medal, the highest award of the Optical Society of America. He has strong research ties to Poland that started from sharing his office with Polish physicist Adam Kujawski in the 60s, continued with longtime scientific collaboration with Iwo Bialynicki-Birula and culminated in becoming a Foreign Member of the Academy of Sciences of Poland. He also has multiple publications with Kazimierz Rzazewski who pointed out that the superradiant phase transition originally discovered at the University of Rochester is physically not possible without an "extraterrestrial" ether with both the real and negative dielectric constant filling the quantum vacuum which is less than one because the classical electromagnetic gauge fields can be always eliminated from the statistical sum totally and therefore cannot cause any phase transition (electromagnetic version of Bohr–van Leeuwen theorem). Eberly has published more than 300 scientific journal articles and other scientific papers. He has co-written two textbooks and has contributed chapters to many more.

Prof. Robert W. Boyd

University of Ottawa

Robert W. Boyd was born in Buffalo, New York. He received the B.S. degree in physics from MIT and the Ph.D. degree in physics from the University of California at Berkeley. His Ph.D. thesis was supervised by Charles Townes and involves the use of nonlinear optical techniques in infrared detection for astronomy. He joined the faculty of University of Rochester in 1977 and in 2010 became Professor of Physics and Canada Excellence Research Chair in Quantum Nonlinear Optics at the University of Ottawa. His research involves studies of optical physics and of nonlinear optics. Professor Boyd has written two books, co-edited two anthologies, published over 400 research papers (≈46,000 citations, Google h-index 100), and been awarded ten patents. He is a member of the Heidelberg Academy and of the Royal Society of Canada. He is a past winner of the Townes Award, Schawlow Prize and a Humboldt Research Award. He is a fellow of IEEE, OSA, APS and SPIE.

Prof. James Wyant

The University of Arizona

James Clair Wyant is professor at the College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona where he was Director (1999–2005) and Dean (2005–2012). He received a B.S. in physics from Case Western Reserve University and M.S. and Ph.D. in optics from the University of Rochester.
He was a founder of the WYKO Corporation and served as its president and board chairman from 1984 to 1997 and he was a founder of the 4D Technology Corporation and currently serves as its board chairman. Wyant is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of OSA (Optical Society of America), SPIE (International Society of Optics and Photonics), and the Optical Society of India, an honorary member of the Optical Society of Korea, and former editor-in-chief of the OSA journal Applied Optics. He was the 2010 president of OSA and the 1986 president of SPIE. Since 2010 he has been a member of the Board of Trustees of Case Western Reserve University. In April of 2019, the College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona was renamed to be the James C. Wyant College of Optical Sciences in his honor.

  • AccountabilIT Lifetime Achievement Award from the Arizona Technology Council, 2019
  • SPIE Visionary Award, 2019
  • OSA Joseph Fraunhofer Award
  • SPIE Gold Medal, 2003
  • SPIE Technology Achievement Award
  • SPIE Chandra Vikram Award
  • University of Rochester College of Engineering Distinguished Alumnus Award
  • Doctorado Honoris Causa from the Instituto Nacional de Astrofisica, Optica y Electronica in Puebla, Mexico
  • Arizona's "Innovator of the Year" Product Award
  • Tom Brown Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award
  • University of Arizona Technology Innovation Award
  • Arizona Technology Council William F. McWhortor Award

Prof. Joseph T. Goodman

Stanford University

Dr. Goodman is a Fellow of the OSA, the IEEE, and the SPIE. In 1971, he was chosen the recipient of the Frederick Emmons Terman Award of the American Society for Engineering Education. He received the 1983 Max Born Award of the Optical Society of America for his contributions to physical optics, and in particular to holography, synthetic aperture optics, image processing, and speckle theory. He received the 1987 IEEE Education Medal for his contributions to Electrical Engineering education,[9] the 1987 Dennis Gabor Award of the International Optical Engineering Society (SPIE) for his contributions to holography, optical processing and optical computing, the 1995 Esther Hoffman Beller Medal of the OSA, and the 1990 Frederick Ives Medal, the highest award of the Optical Society of America. In 2018 he was elected one of 16 Honorary Members of the OSA. In 2007, he received the SPIE Gold Medal, the highest award of that society, and in 2009 he was named the winner of the Emmett Leith Medal of the OSA. He was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering in 1987, and a Fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1996. Also in 1996, he received an honorary D.Sc. degree from the University of Alabama, and in 2012 he received an honorary D.Sc. degree from the St. Petersburg (Russia) the National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics. He is the author of approximately 220 technical publications, including the textbooks Introduction to Fourier Optics (1968, Second Edition 1996, Third Edition 2005, Fourth Edition 2017), Statistical Optics (1985, Second Edition 2015), Speckle Phenomena in Optics (2006, Second Edition 2020) and (with R.M. Gray) Fourier Transforms: An Introduction for Engineers (1995). His first full-length publication (Proc. I.E.E.E., Vol. 53, 1688 (1965)) was named a "Citation Classic" by the Institute for Scientific Information.

Prof. Milton Chang

Director of mBio Diagnostics and Aurrion

Milton Chang earned his B.S. engineering degree with highest honors from the University of Illinois and Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology, and received Distinguished Alumni awards from both universities. He also attended the Harvard Owner/President Management Program (OPM) and was a member of the Young President Organization (YPO). He is a Fellow of OSA, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, and the Laser Institute of America. He is past president of IEEE Photonics Society and the Laser Institute of America, and is a member of the Committee of 100.
Chang is the author of Toward Entrepreneurship and managing director of Incubic Management, USA. Previously, he was president of Newport and New Focus, which he took public. Chang has incubated multiple companies without a single failure, resulting in six IPOs and seven acquisitions.
He is a Trustee of the California Institute of Technology and has recently served on the SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies. He also served on the Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology of the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the authoring committee of the National Academies' Optics and Photonics: Essential Technologies for Our Nation. He writes a monthly business and management column for Laser Focus World and for the quarterly journal of the IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Society.
He served on the OSA Board of Directors, along with a number of OSA voluntary roles including Past Chair of OIDA, organizer of conferences (OFC, CLEO & FiO), the Nominating Council, Publications Council, and Strategic Planning Council. In addition, Chang has generously funded OSA and its outreach programs, such as the Incubic Milton Chang Travel Grant and the Milton and Rosalind Chang Pivoting Fellowship, which provides an unrestricted fellowship to talented young optical scientists and engineers as they advance science through non-traditional career paths (e.g. public policy, government, and journalism).

Prof. John A. Rogers

Northwestern University

Rogers’ research includes fundamental and applied aspects of nano and molecular scale fabrication as well as materials and patterning techniques for unusual electronic and photonic devices, with an emphasis on bio-integrated and bio-inspired systems. He has published more than 750 papers, and is an inventor on over 100 patents and patent applications, more than 70 of which are licensed or in active use by large companies and startups that he has co-founded.
His research has been recognized with many awards including, most recently, the Sigma Xi Monie Ferst Award (2021), a Guggenheim Fellowship (2021), the Nano Research Award from the Springer/Nature journal Nano Research (2020), Nancy DeLoye Fitzroy and Roland V. Fitzroy Medal of the ASME (2020), the Herbert Pardes Clinical Research Excellence Award (2020), the Benjamin Franklin Medal from the Franklin Institute (2019), the MRS Medal from the Materials Research Society (2018), the Samuel R. Natelson Award from the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (2018), the Nadai Medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (2017), the IEEE EMBS Trailblazer Award (2016), the ETH Zurich Chemical Engineering Medal (2015), the A.C. Eringen Medal from the Society for Engineering Science (2014), the Smithsonian Award for American Ingenuity in the Physical Sciences (2013), the Robert Henry Thurston Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (2013), the Mid-Career Researcher Award from the Materials Research Society (2013), the Lemelson-MIT Prize (2011), a MacArthur Fellowship from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (2009), the George Smith Award from the IEEE (2009), the National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellowship from the Department of Defense (2008), the Daniel Drucker Eminent Faculty Award from the University of Illinois (2007) and the Leo Hendrick Baekeland Award from the American Chemical Society (2007). Rogers is a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE; 2011), the National Academy of Sciences (NAS; 2015), the National Academy of Medicine (NAM; 2019) and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS; 2014), a Fellow of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE; 2009), the American Physical Society (APS; 2006), the Materials Research Society (MRS; 2007), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS; 2008) and the National Academy of Inventors (NAI; 2013). He received an Honoris Causa Doctorate from the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, from the University of Houston, and holds Honorary Professorships at Fudan University, Shanghai Jiaotong University and Zhejiang University.

Prof. Francis T. Yu

Penn State University

Francis T.S. Yu obtained his B.S degree in electrical engineering from Mapua Institute of Technology (Manila) in 1956, M.S. and Ph.D degrees from University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) respectively in 1958 and 1964. He is currently an Evan Pugh Emeritus (university) Professor of Electrical Engineering at Penn State. He has authored and co-authored twelve books, co-edited four books, and over 300 refereed papers. Some of his books have been translated into Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. He is a Life Fellow of IEEE, a Fellow of OSA and SPIE. He was the recipient of the SPIE 2004 Dennis Gabor Award and the co-recipient of the1998 IEEE Donald G. Fink Prize Award. He was a consultant to Jet Propulsion Laboratory. More recently, he received the 2016 Emmett N. Leith Medal from OSA.
Yu’s research experiences include one-step rainbow holograms; partial coherent information processing; white-light holography; photorefractive and fiber holograms; optical correlators as applied to pattern recognition and target tracking; high-capacity photorefractive fiber memory; fiber specklegram sensors; information optics; optical computing; optical neural networks; optics and information theory. His recent work on: neural networks and education; time-space, information and life; science and the myth of information.

Prof. Anatoly Zayats

Department of Physics and London Centre of Nanotechnology, King's College London, London, United Kingdom

Professor Dr. Sci. Anatoly Zayats Anatoly is the head of the Photonics & Nanotechnology Group at King's College London. He obtained his Ph.D. from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. Before joining King's College London in 2010, he was the Chair in Physics at Queen's University Belfast. Prof. Zayats is also a Co-Director of the London Centre for Nanotechnology and the London Institute for Advanced Light Technologies. He is a founding co-editor-in-chief of Advanced Photonics journal. Prof. Zayats has been awarded as a holder of the Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award, a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (IOP), the Optical Society of America (OSA), the SPIE, and the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

Valeria Piazza, Ph.D.

Laboratorio de Biofotónica, Centro de Investigaciones en Óptica, A.C.

SNI 2.
2010-2012: “Alexander von Humboldt post-doctoral fellow”, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Alemania.
2006-2010: “post-doctoral fellow”, Harvard Medical School y Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Boston, EUA.
2006: PhD en Bioquímica y Biofísica, Universidad de Padova y VIMM (Venetian Institute of Molecular Medicine), Padova, Italia. Denominación de “Doctor Europaeus”. 2000 Licenciatura en Biología Molecular, Universidad de Padova, Italia.

Ángel Pérez del Pino, Ph.D.

Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona

El Dr. Ángel Pérez se licenció en Física por la Universidad de Barcelona (1999) y se doctoró en el Departamento de Física Aplicada y Óptica de la misma universidad (2003). El trabajo de tesis se basó en el procesado láser de titanio. Posteriormente, se incorporó al Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC) como responsable del servicio científico-técnico de microscopias de sonda de barrido. En 2009, obtuvo un puesto de científico titular en ICMAB y creó el grupo de investigación de procesado láser (2010). Es especialista en fabricación de nanomateriales funcionales mediante técnicas láser (procesado superficial, depósito por pulsos láser y evaporación por pulsos láser asistida por matriz); así como en análisis estructural, composicional y funcional de nanomateriales.
Las líneas de investigación actuales se centran en la fabricación de materiales nanoestructurados mejorados mediante técnicas láser innovadoras, para ser aplicados principalmente en los campos de la energía (supercondensadores, baterías, generación de H2) y medio ambiente (fotodegradación de compuestos orgánicos).
Los objetivos científicos y técnicos están orientados a la innovación en técnicas láser para la obtención de nuevos materiales, así como a la implementación de estas tecnologías en dispositivos y procesos industriales de próxima generación.

Carolina Romero Vázquez, Ph.D.

Faculty of Sciences Universidad de Salamanca

Carolina Romero is assistant professor in Physics at the Universidad Salamanca (Salamanca, Spain) in the research group Aplicaciones del Láser y Fotónica (ALF). She graduated in Physics at the Universidad de Santiago de Compostela (Santiago de Compostela, Spain) in 2006, in the specialty of Optoelectronics. A year after, she obtained her master`s degree at the Universidad de Salamanca. In 2012, she finished her PhD with European Mention also at the Universidad de Salamanca, obtaining the Extraordinary Doctorate Award. During the thesis period she made an internship in the Centre Lasers Intenses et Applications (Celia) in Bordeaux (France). She also made a two-year postdoctoral stay at the Centro de Láseres Pulsados (CLPU) in Salamanca.
Her research lines deal with the interaction of ultrashort pulses (in the range of femtoseconds) with materials, mainly with transparent dielectrics. She focused on the manufacture of photonic devices (waveguide type) by direct laser inscription. She is interested on developing novel waveguide fabrication techniques for their application in functional photonics devices, with interest in different fields, such as atmospheric sensing or bio-sensing.

Camacho López Santiago, Ph.D.

Department of Optics, CICESE

Dr. Santiago Camacho López leads the Ultrashort Pulse Lasers and Processing of Materials Research Group at the Optics Department in CICESE. His expertise includes the design and building of ultrashort pulse lasers, laser processing of materials, nonlinear optics and biophotonics. He is a Physicist by the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Iztapalapa (CDMX, México), and a PhD in Physics by the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine (London, UK). He spent a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Physics Department at the University of Toronto (Toronto, Canada). Since 2003 he is a fulltime researcher at the Optics Department in CICESE (Ensenada, México), where he served as Department Chair (2010-2017). He spent a six-month Faculty Fellowship (2007) at the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the University of California Riverside, where since 2013 he was appointed Adjunct Professor.

Daniel Jáuregui Vázquez, Ph.D.

Universidad de Guanajuato

He received the B.S. degree in Electronics from Universidad de Guanajuato in 2009, and the M. Eng. and Dr. Eng. degree in Electrical Engineering, in 2010 and 2015 respectively. He is currently working as an associated professor at the Universidad de Guanajuato, since 2015. He is a member of the OSA and IEEE. His research is devoted to fiber optics sensors and fiber optic lasers.

José Rafael Guzmán Sepúlveda, Ph.D.

Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute (CINVESTAV Unidad Monterrey)

He received his Ph.D. in Optics from CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics, University of Central Florida, in 2019. He is currently a full-time researcher at the Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute (CINVESTAV Unidad Monterrey). His research interests focus on the development of fiber-based implementations of optical sensing techniques based on light scattering, for the measurement of the structural and microrheological properties of dynamic complex media such as colloids and biological fluids. He is a member of different optics associations (OSA, SPIE, IEEE, AMO) as well as of the Mexican National System of Researchers (SNI 1).

Rosario Porras-Aguilar, Ph.D.

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Dr. Rosario Porras-Aguilar is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Optical Science at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She is the Head of the Active and Reconfigurable Optics Laboratory. Dr. Porras's research harnesses the optical properties of nanomaterials to obtain quantitative 3D information with high accuracy and specificity. This research impacts the study, understanding, diagnosis, and personalized treatment of diseases that affect the health of humanity in this century. Her research can also impact ultra-precision manufacturing industries, e.g., metrology of freeform optical elements, additive manufacturing, and contactless and highly sensitive nuclear decay tests. Her research is financed by the National Science Foundation, Research Corporation for Science Advancement, Center for Free Form Optics, and the Center for Precision Metrology.
Committed to fostering environments of inclusion and diversity in STEM, Dr. Porras has organized numerous events to encourage and promote the participation of women in STEM areas in Mexico and the involvement of first generation-Latin@ students at UNC Charlotte (first generation in their families to attend college). Her leadership contributions include her service to professional societies, such as the International Society for Optics and Photonics. She serves as the co-chair of the Interferometry Conference in the SPIE Optics + Photonics 2020-2025, Chair and Founder of the SPIE Maria Goeppert-Mayer Award 2019-2021, Member of the SPIE Membership & Communities Committee 2020-2022, among several additional leadership positions.
In 2021, Dr. Porras-Aguilar was recognized with the NSF-CAREER Award, the National Science Foundation's most prestigious award for young investigators with the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education in the United States. In addition, this year, Dr. Porras-Aguilar was named a "Cottrell Scholar." This recognition is given by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement to only 25 outstanding scholars within the United States and Canada each year. This program honors and helps develop exceptional scholars recognized by their scientific communities for the quality and innovation of their research programs and their potential for academic leadership.

Daniel A. May-Arrioja, Ph.D.

Fiber and Integrated Optics Laboratory, Centro de Investigaciones en Óptica

Daniel A. May-Arrioja is a full-time researcher at the Optics Research Center (CIO), where he leads the Fiber and Integrated Optics Laboratory (FIOLab). He received her Ph.D. degree in optics from CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics, University of Central Florida. His current research interests include integrated photonics and fiber-optic devices with applications to lasers, sensors and biosensors, and microelectromechanical systems. He authored or co-authored 100 proceedings, 3 book chapters, and more than 60 journal articles. He is a National Researcher Level III.

Prof. Sabino Chávez Cerda

Instituto Nacional de Astrofísica, Óptica y Electrónica, Departamento de Óptica, Puebla, México

Professor Chávez-Cerda is a full-time professor at Instituto Nacional de Astrofísica, Óptica y Electrónica (INAOE) in the Optics Department. He obtained his Ph.D. degree from Imperial College London. Dr. Chávez-Cerda's main research interests are rigorous mathematical physics aspects of optics, propagation of non-diffractive fields, and the human eye's modeling. Dr. Chávez-Cerda is currently a fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA) and a CONACYT's National Researcher Level III.

Brian Vohnsen, Ph.D.

Advanced Optical Imaging Group, School of Physics, University College Dublin, Ireland

Dr. Brian Vohnsen is an Associate Professor (senior lecturer) at University College Dublin and the Advanced Optical Imaging Group head. He obtained his Ph.D. at Aalborg University, Denmark. The research of Dr. Vohnsen addresses Optics and Advanced Optical Imaging applied to topics at the Nano-Bio interface in particular. Some of this research straddles the interface with LifeSciences, including ocular optics of the human eye and the probing of tissues with non-toxic light. Dr.Vohnsen is an Optical Society of America (OSA) Senior Member.

Yobani Mejía Barbosa, Ph.D.

Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Yobani Mejía Barbosa recibió los títulos de Físico (1991) y Maestría en Ciencias – Física (1995) en la Universidad Nacional de Colombia. El Centro de Investigaciones en Óptica, México, le otorgó el título de Doctor en Ciencias – Óptica, con calificación Laureada.
En 1996 se vinculó a la Universidad Nacional de Colombia, donde es profesor Titular. Su labor ha sido la docencia en física y la investigación en óptica aplicada. Propuso la creación del curso Fundamentos de Óptica para la carrera de Física y varios cursos electivos en óptica: Óptica de Fourier, Diseño Óptico, Óptica Difractiva e Interferometría, de los cuales también ha sido docente. Junto con tres profesores del Departamento de Física fundó el Grupo de Óptica Aplicada.
Sus investigaciones en óptica se han centrado en óptica visual, óptica de Fourier y coherencia clásica. Ha publicado cerca de 40 artículos nacionales e internacionales. Desde 2018 es Senior de la Sociedad Americana de Óptica (OSA).

Guillermo Salceda Delgado Ph.D.

Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León

Guillermo Salceda-Delgado received the Engineering degree in electromechanics from the Instituto Tecnologico de Leon, Mexico, in 2009, the M.Sc. degree in optics from the Centro de Investigaciones en Optica (CIO), in 2011, and the Ph.D. degree in optics from the Centro de Investigaciones en Optica (CIO), Leon, Mexico, in 2015. From 2013 to 2015, he realized a research internship at the College of Optics and Photonics (CREOLE) in University of Central Florida (UCF), Orlando, FL, USA. Since 2015, he has been with Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon as a Researcher Professor Titular A. His research interests include optical fiber sensors, optical fiber micro structured devices, and optical fiber lasers.

Prof. Virgil-Florin Duma

Aurel Vlaicu University of Arad

Virgil-Florin Duma is Professor at the Aurel Vlaicu University of Arad, as well as head and founder of the 3OM Research Group (http://3om-group-optomechatronics.ro/), for which he has secured funds in excess of 2M Euro in the last decade. He received his PhD cum laude in 2001, from the Polytechnic University of Timisoara (UPT), where he was admitted and graduated in Fine Mechanics and Optics in 1991, valedictorian. He was a Fulbright Senior Research Fellow at The Institute of Optics, University of Rochester, NY, USA (2009-2010), where he is Visiting Scientist. He is also Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the University of Kent, UK and Adjunct Professor at UPT, at the latter as PhD Advisor. Prof. Duma defended his Habilitation Thesis in 2013 at the Polytechnic University of Bucharest. He is author of over 40 publications in journals indexed in Web of Science (with an impact factor higher than 65) and of over 110 papers in conference proceedings in WoS, 15 books & book chapters, and has 1 patent awarded and 2 patents pending. He delivered more than 45 invited presentations at international conferences and universities, including as SPIE Visiting Lecturer. Prof. Duma is reviewer for more than 40 journals indexed in Web of Science, for several funding programs, and chair of several SPIE conferences. He is currently guest editor of several special issues, of Materials, Photonics and Applied Sciences. His main research interests are in Measuring Systems, Optomechatronics and Biomedical Imaging, for the latter with a focus on Optical Coherence Tomography (https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Virgil-Florin_Duma). He is member of OSA, Senior Member of SPIE, and Life Member of the Fulbright Association.