Distinguished Service Award

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.

2016 Honoree


A. Catrina Coleman

For sustained leadership in society governance with significant contributions to conferences and publications.




Catrina Coleman (M’91–SM’99–F’08) received her PhD in Physics from the University of Glasgow, UK. In 1985 she joined the Department of Electronics and Electrical Engineering at the University of Glasgow to work on MBE growth of InP, in 1987 she became a member of the Optoelectronics Research Group and began working on III-V semiconductor devices and photonic integration. She and her colleagues developed techniques for fabricating photonic integrated circuits on III-V semiconductor chips based on quantum well intermixing. In 2006 she was a co-recipient of the IEEE Photonics Engineering Achievement Award. In January 2012 she joined the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Illinois and in August 2013 moved to the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Texas at Dallas. Currently her work is concentrated on developing mode-locked laser diodes and photonic integration. She is currently the IEEE Photonics Society Vice President for Publications and has served as an elected member of the board of governors and as chair of CLEO. She is a Fellow of the IEEE and OSA.


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