Engineering Achievement Award

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 $2000 and a medal. The presentation is made at the IEEE Photonics Conference.

2016 Honoree


Karen Bergman

For pioneering contributions to optical interconnection networks and photonic-enabled architectures that advance communications and computing systems.



Keren Bergman is the Charles Batchelor Professor and Chair of Electrical Engineering at Columbia University. She was a founding member and currently serves as the inaugural Scientific Director of the Columbia Nano Initiative launched in 2014. Prof. Bergman received the B.S. from Bucknell University in 1988, and the M.S. in 1991 and Ph.D. in 1994 from M.I.T. all in Electrical Engineering. At Columbia, she leads multiple cross‐disciplinary programs at the intersecton of computing and photonics. Prof. Bergman published two books and four book chapters on optically interconnected networks and photonic architectures for computation systems ranging from chip‐scale to supercomputers. She authored or co‐authored over 450 journal articles and conference papers. Prof. Bergman is a Fellow of the OSA and IEEE.

April 5th

Nominate a colleague today!

Nomination period: Feb 1 - April 5

Nomination Requirements

Submit Nomination