Quantum Electronics Award

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. 

2017 Honoree

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Jia-Ming Liu

For pioneering and lasting contributions to ultrafast laser-matter interactions and nonlinear dynamics of lasers.




Jia-Ming Liu (M’83-SM’85-F’08) is Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and Associate Dean for Academic Personnel of the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of California, Los Angeles. He received his Ph.D. degree in Applied Physics from Harvard University in 1982. He has pioneered a number of research areas, including ultrafast laser-matter interactions, wavelength-tunable ultrashort laser pulses, nonlinear laser dynamics, laser chaos, chaotic optical communications, chaotic radar and lidar, and photonic microwave generation. His current research interests also cover nanophotonic imaging, neurophotonics, and graphene photonics. He is a fellow of the IEEE, the American Physical Society, the Optical Society of America, and the Guggenheim Foundation. Professor Liu has published over 250 scientific papers and 14 book chapters. He holds 12 U.S. patents. He coedited the book Digital Communications Using Chaos and Nonlinear Dynamics (Springer, 2006) and authored two books: Photonic Devices (Cambridge University Press, 2005) and Principles of Photonics (Cambridge University Press, 2016).

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