Awards Information

Distinguished Lecturers Award

Sunday, February 16th

The IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Lecturer Awards program is designed to honor excellent speakers who have made technical, industrial or entrepreneurial contributions of high quality to the field of lasers and electro-optics, and to enhance the technical programs of Photonics Society chapters. Consideration is given to having a well-balanced variety of speakers who can address a wide range of topics of current interest in the fields covered by the Society. Lecturers are selected each term (July 1-June 30) with some Lecturers extending for a second term. Each Lecturer agrees to give a minimum of six lectures at our Society chapters. Travel reimbursement of up to $6000 per term per Lecturer is provided. Candidates need not be members of the IEEE or the Photonics Society. The Award consists of a plaque, presented at the IEEE Photonics Conference to those completing their term(s).


Aron Kressel Award

Saturday, April 5th

The IEEE Photonics Society Aron Kressel Award is given to recognize those individuals who have made important contributions to opto-electronic device technology. The device technology cited is to have had a significant impact on their applications in major practical systems. The intent is to recognize key contributors to the field for developments of critical components, which lead to the development of systems enabling major new services or capabilities. These achievements should have been accomplished in a prior time frame sufficient to permit evaluation of their lasting impact. The work cited could have appeared in the form of publications, patents, products, or simply general recognition by the professional community that the individual cited is the agreed upon originator of the advance upon which the award decision is based. The award may be given to an individual or group, up to three in number. The Award is endowed by the Sarnoff Corporation and by Nova Information Systems, Inc. The Award consists of an honorarium of $1000 and a certificate. The presentation is made at the IEEE Photonics Conference.


Engineering Achievement Award

Saturday, April 5th

The IEEE Photonics Society Engineering Achievement Award is given to recognize an exceptional engineering contribution which has had a significant impact on the development of laser or electro-optic technology or the commercial application of technology within the past 10 years. It may be given to an individual or to a group for a single contribution of significant work in the field. No candidate shall have previously received a major IEEE award for the same work. Candidates need not be members of the IEEE or the Photonics Society. The Award consists of an honorarium of $1000 and a medal. The presentation is made at the IEEE Photonics Conference.


Quantum Electronics Award

Saturday, April 5th

The IEEE Photonics Society Quantum Electronics Award is given to honor an individual (or group of individuals) for outstanding technical contributions to quantum electronics, either in fundamentals or applications, or both. The Award may be for a single contribution or for a distinguished series of contributions over a long period of time. No candidate shall have previously received a major IEEE award for the same work. Candidates need not be members of the IEEE or the Photonics Society. The Award consists of an honorarium of $4000 and a medal. The presentation is made at the IEEE Photonics Conference.


William Streifer Scientific Achievement Award

Saturday, April 5th

The IEEE Photonics Society William Streifer Scientific Achievement Award is given to recognize an exceptional single scientific contribution which has had a significant impact in the field of lasers and electro-optics in the past 10 years. It may be given to an individual or to a group for a single contribution of significant work in the field. No candidate shall have previously received a major IEEE award for the same work. Candidates need not be members of the IEEE or the Photonics Society. The Award is endowed by Xerox Corp and Spectra Diode Labs. The Award consists of an honorarium of $1000 and a medal. The presentation is made at the IEEE Photonics Conference.


Distinguished Service Award

Wednesday, April 30th

The IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Service Award was established to recognize an exceptional individual contribution of service which has had significant benefit to the membership of the IEEE Photonics Society as a whole. This level of service will often include serving the Society in several capacities or in positions of significant responsibility. Candidates should be members of the Society. The Award consists of an honorarium of $500 and a plaque. The presentation is made at the IEEE Photonics Conference.


John Tyndall Award

Sunday, August 10th

The John Tyndall Award is presented annually to a single individual who has made outstanding contributions in any area of optical-fiber technology, including optical fibers themselves, the optical components used in fiber systems, as well as transmission systems and networks using fibers. The contributions which the award recognizes should have met the test of time and should have been of proven benefit to science, technology, or society. The contributions may be experimental or theoretical. This award is jointly sponsored by the IEEE Photonics Society and the Optical Society of America. Nominees need not be members of the sponsoring societies. The Award is endowed by Corning Inc. The Award consists of a specially commissioned Steuben crystal sculpture, a scroll, and an honorarium. The presentation is made the following year at the Optical Fiber Communication Conference (OFC).


Young Investigator Award

Tuesday, September 30th

The IEEE Photonics Society Young Investigator Award was established to honor an individual who has made outstanding technical contributions to photonics (broadly defined) prior to his or her 35th birthday. Nominees must be under 35 years of age on Sept. 30th of the year in which the nomination is made. Funding for this award is sponsored by the IEEE Photonics Society. The award consists of a certificate of recognition and an honorarium of $1000. The presentation is made at either OFC or CLEO, to be selected by the recipient.


Graduate Student Fellowship

Friday, May 30th

The IEEE Photonics Society established the Graduate Student Fellowship Program to provide Graduate Fellowships to outstanding Society student members pursuing graduate education within the Society field of interest. Students should normally be in their penultimate year of study at time of nomination. Up to ten Fellowships of $1000 each will be awarded, based on research excellence and contributions to the Society’s publications and conferences. The geographic distribution of the awards will take into account the student membership in each of the main geographical regions: Americas, Europe/Mid-East/Africa, Asia/Pacific.


IEEE Photonics Conference Student Paper (formerly Best Student Paper Award)

Submission Deadline: IEEE Photonics Conference paper submission deadline
No nomination form has been posted online. All papers submitted to the IEEE Photonics Conference are considered.

Given annually by the Society, the awards are open to students from universities whose papers have been accepted for presentation at the IEEE Photonics Conference. The top five finalists receive certificates of recognition and monetary awards ranging from $250 up to $1000 for first place.


IEEE Photonics Award

Saturday, January 31st

The IEEE Photonics Award, sponsored by the IEEE Photonics Society, is presented for outstanding achievements in photonics. It may be presented to an individual or a team of not more than three.

Recipient selection is administered by the Technical Field Awards Council of the IEEE Awards Board.

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