William Streifer Scientific Achievement Award

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 $2,500 and a medal. The presentation is made at the IEEE Photonics Conference.

2016 Honoree

MingMing C. Wu

For pioneering contributions in micro-opto-electro-mechanical systems. (MOEMS)




Ming C. Wu is Nortel Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the Universiyt of California, Berkeley. He is also Co-Director of Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center (BSAC) and Faculty Director of UC Berkeley Marvell Nanolab.       

Dr. Wu received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from National Taiwan University in 1983, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley in 1986 and 1988, respectively. From 1988 to 1992, he was Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, New Jersey. From 1992 to 2004, he was Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He has been a faculty member at Berkeley since 2004. His research interests include optoelectronics, nanophotonics, MEMS, MOEMS, and optofluidics. He has published 8 book chapters, over 500 papers in journals and conferences, holds 23 U.S. patents. Prof. Wu is a Fellow of IEEE. He was a Packard Foundation Fellow (1992 – 1997), and received the 2007 Paul F. Forman Engineering Excellence Award from Optical Society of America.

Professor Wu has pioneered the development of optical MEMS for communications and biomedical applications. In 1995, he developed a free-space integrated optics platform based on the surface-micromachining technology. Using this technology, his group has demonstrated single-chip optical disk pickup heads and 2D MEMS optical switches. 8x8 and 16x16 switches have been successfully commercialized by OMM Inc., a company Prof. Wu co-founded. Prof. Wu has also developed one- and two-axis analogy micromirror arrays that were used in high-port count wavelength-selective switches. More recently, he has combined MEMS actuation with silicon photonics, and demonstrated 64x64 switches, the largest integrated photonic switchs ever reported, with low on-chip loss of 3.7dB. The MEMS switching mechanism is more effective, and consumes less power, than electro-optic or thermos-optic switchings.

Prof. Wu has also developed a nano-optofluidic platform known as Optoelectronic Tweezers (OET) that enables manipulation of microparticles and biological cells using projected light images.  The required optical intensity is 10,000 times lower than in traditional laser tweezers. In his 2005 Nature paper and subsequent publications, he and his collaborators have showed OET can effectively capture, transport, and separate individual cells from a large population (tens or hundreds of thousands). This technology is being commercialized by Berkeley Lights Inc. (BLI) for antibody discovery, cell line development, and single cell genomics applications. 

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