News from the Society

Guggenheim Fellowship for Boltasseva / NIHF inductees / Biophotonics Congress / Optica Fellow stories / Pulse oximeters for India and Bangladesh / Colorado Photonics Expo / World Quantum Day / Industry webinars / Kawata in Yokohama / Thank you, editors and volunteers

Alexandra Boltasseva photo

Alexandra Boltasseva.

Boltasseva Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship

Congratulations to Alexandra Boltasseva, the editor-in-chief of Optical Material Express, on being awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for her research topic “Empowering Quantum Nanophotonics with Machine Learning: Towards Quantum On-Chip Meta-Devices.” Boltasseva was one of 180 individuals in the 2022 class of Guggenheim fellows, who were chosen from approximately 2,500 applicants. The fellowships are awarded based on distinguished past achievements and great promise for future successes.

Anderson, Li and Bath photos

National Inventors Hall of Fame / Optica Foundation (left to right: Rox Anderson, Ming-Jun Li and Patricia Bath). [National Inventors Hall of Fame / Optica Foundation]

Optica Members Inducted into NIHF

On 5 May 2022 in Washington, DC, USA, three luminaries with long-standing ties to Optica—R. Rox Anderson of Wellman Center for Photomedicine, USA; Optica Fellow Ming-Jun Li of Corning, USA; and the late Patricia Bath, who was active in both Optica and Optica Foundationwere formally inducted into the US National Inventors Hall of Fame. Anderson is recognized for his invention of laser dermatology treatments and procedures, Li is honored for his role in inventing the bend-insensitive ClearCurve optical fiber, and Bath is celebrated for her invention of Laserphaco, a device and technique for removing cataracts.

Drexler, Mahadevan-Jansen, Macu and Razansky photos

Clockwise from top left: Wolfgang Drexler, Anita Mahadevan-Jansen, Laura Marcu and Daniel Razansky.

Biophotonics Congress: Biomedical Optics

Engineers, optical and medical scientists, physicians, researchers and graduate students converged on Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA, to attend Biophotonics Congress: Biomedical Optics, held in a hybrid format from 24 April to 27 April. Consisting of five co-located meetings, the congress covered diverse topics from Clinical and Translational Biophotonics to Optics and the Brain. It also featured plenary speakers including Wolfgang Drexler, Medical University of Vienna, Austria; Optica Fellow Anita Mahadevan-Jansen, Vanderbilt University, USA; Optica Fellow Laura Marcu, University of California, Davis, USA; and Optica Fellow Daniel Razansky, University of Zurich, Switzerland.

Several special events also demonstrated the breadth and impact of biophotonics. One was the “Endometriosis Innovation Challenge,” in which students and early-career professionals proposed clinical applications relevant to a poorly understood disease. Another session brought biophotonics researchers and physicians together to explore the challenges in translating biophotonic technologies from lab to clinic.

Larry Stotts photo

Larry Stotts.

Optica Fellow Stories

2020 Fellow Larry Stotts has built his career on learning new skills and finding new collaborations. He credits his success to perseverance and tenacity to get things done. Learn more about Stotts and other Optica Fellows at

Pulse oximeters presentation

Syed Hassan Abdullah (right), the Bangladesh head of the South Asia Field Epidemiology and Technology Network (SafetyNet), with Golam Dostogir Harun (left) of health research institute icddr,b, presents pulse oximeters to a city health professional (middle).

Optica Sends Pulse Oximeters to Bangladesh and India

During the COVID-19 pandemic, health care facilities in Bangladesh have faced shortages of working pulse oximeters. Optica has offered support by distributing 1,000 pulse oximeters to health care facilities in Bangladesh.

The Optica Foundation also started the Pulse Oximeter Community Sharing Program in collaboration with India COVID SOS. This initiative leverages Optica volunteers and the India COVID SOS distribution channel to distribute pulse oximeters throughout India. To learn more about these efforts, visit

David Giltner and Olivia Nicoletti photos

David Giltner and Olivia Nicoletti.

Careers in Industry Webinars

Two recent Optica webinars addessed challenges academics face when considering careers in industry. David M. Giltner, whose most recent book is called Turning Science into Things People Need, led a session titled “Can a Scientist Find a Rewarding Career in Industry?” on 20 April, while Olivia Nicoletti, a team manager for startups and emerging companies at PwC Italy, shared her insights in “From Ph.D. to Investor: Financing The Exciting Leap Into Business” on 21 April.

Attendees at the Colorado Photonics Expo

Some attendees at the Colorado Photonics Expo. Left to right: Kevin Keilbach, Akonia Holographics; Paul Searcy, BridgeComm Inc.; Amanda Meier, Front Range Community College; Aleta Sherman, Colorado Photonics Industry Association; Tu Du, Kiosk Systems.

A “Smoking Hot” Colorado Photonics Expo

On 14 April, the Optica Foundation sponsored tables at the Colorado Photonics Expo and Gala in Broomfield, CO, USA. Nearly 200 participants and 20 exhibitors attended the event, which consisted of six sessions featuring stellar talks—about half of them given by women. The topics included aerospace and remote sensing, biomedical technology, AR/ VR, advanced manufacturing, quantum technologies and career connections.

“Overall, I was very impressed,” said Optica member Carl J. Williams after attending the event. “If every local event were of this caliber, we would be smoking hot.”

World Quantum Day

Advancing Quantum Technology

14 April marked the first World Quantum Day, an initiative led by international coalition of quantum scientists to promote public understanding of quantum science and technology. To celebrate the occasion and emphasize the important role of optics and photonics in the continued development of the quantum field, Optica highlighted on its website some of its members who are at the forefront of quantum science. To read more, visit

In the spirit of World Quantum Day, Optica also hosted a workshop from 20 to 21 April examining state-of-the-art quantum technologies from an industry perspective. Attendees had the opportunity to interact with those leading the quantum revolution, including NASA, IBM, Toshiba and more. World Quantum Day also provides a fitting lead-in to Optica’s Quantum 2.0 meeting later this month, where researchers will dig into the current state of the art and future prospects for quantum technologies. The meeting, a hybrid event taking place both online and in person in Everett, MA, USA, will kick off on Monday, 13 June; details are at

Satoshi Kawata and attendees at conference

From left to right: Mami Jinno, assistant manager, Kinokuniya, Japan; Toshiyuki Kawamura, deputy director, Kinokuniya, Japan; Erika Martini, Optica; and Satoshi Kawata, Optica President.

Optica President Visits Conferences in Yokohama

Optica President Satoshi Kawata attended the Optics and Photonics International Congress and Optics and Photonics International Exhibition held in Yokohama, Japan. The congress was held from 18 to 22 April in a hybrid format after going virtual two years in a row, and the exhibition was from 20 to 22 April. Now in its 11th year, the event—the largest conference in optics and photonics in Japan—highlights emerging and exploratory research in the field. This year, it welcomed more than 300 exhibitors and 9,500 visitors—an increase of about 30% from 2021.

Thank You, Editors

We are happy to announce the following individuals were recently appointed as new editors: Applied OpticsSzymon Gladysz, Fraunhofer IOSB, Germany. Biomedical Optics ExpressRoarke Horstmeyer, Duke University, USA; Ramkumar Sabesan, University of Washington, USA; Guoan Zheng, University of Connecticut, USA. JOSA B—Ilaria Cristiani, University of Pavia, Italy. OpticaAlexander Lvovsky, University of Oxford, UK. Optical Materials ExpressAlessandro Salandrino, University of Kansas, USA (as Deputy Editor). Optics ExpressMaria Chekhova, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Germany (as Deputy Editor); Wen Chen, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong; Junho Cho, Nokia Bell Labs, USA; Reuven Gordon, University of Victoria, Canada (as Deputy Editor); Nicolas Joly, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany; Esteban Vera, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile. Optics LettersAntonella Bogoni, Scuola Superiore San’Anna (SSSA), Italy (as Deputy Editor).

We would like to thank the following editors for agreeing to serve a second term: Applied OpticsStavros Pissadakis, FORTH-IESL, Greece; Yiping Wang, Shenzhen University, China. JOSA B—Oleg Kornilov, Max-Born-Institut, Germany. Optics ExpressBenedikt Bläsi, Fraunhofer ISE, Germany.

We would like to thank the following editors, who have recently finished their terms, for their years of service: Biomedical Optics ExpressHao F. Zhang, Northwestern University, USA. Optics ExpressYanne Chembo, University of Maryland, USA; Amy Foster, Johns Hopkins University, USA; Fabien Quéré, CEA Iramis, France; Chang-Jae Yu, Hanyang University, Republic of Korea.

Thank you to the chairs and strategic committee of the Imaging and Applied Optics Congress

Chair and Vice-Chair: Ram Narayanswamy, Teaq Innovations, USA; Amit Ashok, University of Arizona, USA.

Topical Meeting Chairs:

3D Image Acquisition and Display: Technology, Perception and Applications: Ana Doblas, University of Memphis, USA; Hong Hua, University of Arizona, USA; Bahram Javidi, University of Connecticut, USA; Manuel Martinez-Corral, University of Valencia, Spain; Osamu Matoba, Kobe University, Japan; Adrian Stern, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel; Simon Thibault, Université Laval, Canada.

Adaptive Optics: Methods, Analysis and Applications: John Girkin, Durham University, UK; Peter Kner, University of Georgia, USA; Caroline Kulcsar, Institut d’Optique Graduate School, France.

Computational Optical Sensing and Imaging: Qing Chao, Oculus Research, USA; Vidya Ganapati, Swarthmore College, USA; Figen Oktem, Middle East Technical University, Turkey; Prasanna Rangarajan, Southern Methodist University, USA; Gordon Wetzstein, Stanford University, USA; Florian Willomitzer, Northwestern University, USA.

Imaging Systems and Applications: Zhongping Chen, University of California Irvine, USA; Michelle Digman, University of California Irvine, USA; Francisco Imai, Apple Inc., USA; Zeev Zalevsky, Bar-Ilan University, Israel.

Propagation Through and Characterization of Atmospheric and Oceanic Phenomena: Melissa Beason, US Air Force Research Laboratory, USA; Jeremy Bos, Michigan Technological University, USA; Olga Korotkova, University of Miami, USA; Donald McGaughey, Royal Military College of Canada, Canada.

Strategic Committee: Amit Ashok, University of Arizona, USA; Gisele Bennett, MEPSS LLC, USA; James R. Fienup, University of Rochester, USA; Steven Fiorino, Air Force Institute of Technology, USA; Bahram Javidi, University of Connecticut, USA; Dale C. Linne Von Berg, US Naval Research Laboratory, USA; Ram Narayanswamy, Teaq Innovations, USA; Pascal Picart, Laboratoire d’Acoustique de l’Université du Maine, France (Chair), Abbie T. Watnik, US Naval Research Laboratory, USA.

Thank you to the chairs and strategic committee of the Optical Sensors and Sensing Congress

Chair and Vice-Chair: Gerard Wysocki, Princeton University, USA; Adam J. Fleisher, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), USA.

Topical Meeting Chairs:

Applied Industrial Spectroscopy: Tanya Myers, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA; Francis Vanier, National Research Council Canada, Canada.

Laser Applications to Chemical, Security and Environmental Analysis: Christoph Arndt, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany; Frank Beyrau, Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg, Germany; Joakim Bood, Lund University, Sweden; Paul Hsu, Spectral Energies LLC, USA; Anil Patnaik, Air Force Institute of Technology, USA; Anna-Lena Sahlberg, Lunds Universitet, Sweden.

Optics and Photonics for Sensing the Environment: Lukas Emmenegger, EMPA, Switzerland; Jana Jágerská, UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Norway; Genevieve Plant, University of Michigan, USA; Jonas Westberg, NEO Monitors, Norway.

Optical Sensors: Gilberto Brambilla, University of Southampton, UK; Paul Pellegrino, US Army Research Laboratory, USA; Frank Vollmer, Max-Planck-Institut für die Physik des Lichts, Germany.

Strategic Committee: Gilberto Brambilla, University of Southampton, UK; Steve Buckley, Ocean Insight Inc., USA; Adam J. Fleisher, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), USA (Chair); Jianguo Liu, Anhui Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, China; Wesley Moses, Naval Research Laboratory, USA; Thomas Seeger, Universität Siegen, Germany; Kaley A. Walker, University of Toronto, Canada.

Publish Date: 01 June 2022

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