Aron Kressel Award

The IEEE Photonics Society Aron Kressel Award is given to recognize those individuals who have made important contributions to opto-electronic device technology. The device technology cited is to have had a significant impact on their applications in major practical systems. The intent is to recognize key contributors to the field for developments of critical components, which lead to the development of systems enabling major new services or capabilities. These achievements should have been accomplished in a prior time frame sufficient to permit evaluation of their lasting impact. The work cited could have appeared in the form of publications, patents, products, or simply general recognition by the professional community that the individual cited is the agreed upon originator of the advance upon which the award decision is based. The award may be given to an individual or group, up to three in number. The Award is endowed by the Sarnoff Corporation and by Nova Information Systems, Inc. The Award consists of an honorarium of $1000 and a certificate. The presentation is made at the IEEE Photonics Conference.

Please note that no candidate shall have previously received a major IEEE award for the same work.  Previous winners of a Photonics Society Career Award (Aron Kressel, Engineering Achievement, Quantum Electronics, William Streifer Scientific Achievement) are not eligible candidates for consideration of the same work. Candidates need not be members of the IEEE or the Photonics Society. 

2019 Honoree

MawstLuke J. Mawst

For contributions to novel materials growth, fabrication and device design of semiconductor diode lasers.



Luke J. Mawst was born in Chicago, IL., in 1959.  He received the B.S. degree in engineering physics and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1982, 1984, and 1987, respectively.  His dissertation research involved the development of index-guided semiconductor lasers and laser arrays grown by MOCVD. He joined TRW, Inc., Redondo Beach, CA, in 1987, where he was a senior scientist in the research center, engaged in design and development of semiconductor lasers using MOCVD crystal growth. He is co-inventor of the Resonant Optical Waveguide (ROW) antiguided array and has contributed to its development as a practical source of high coherent power, for which he received the TRW Group Level Chairman's award.  He developed a novel single- mode edge-emitting laser structure, the ARROW laser, as a source for coupling high powers into fibers. He became a Faculty member in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1996. He is currently a Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where his research interests are in the area of novel III/V compound semiconductor materials and devices; including vertical cavity surface emitters (VCSELs), active photonic lattice structures, dilute-nitride-bismide lasers, quantum dot lasers, lasers employing metamorphic buffer layers, and quantum cascade lasers (QCLs). He is a co-founder of Intraband LLC, a start-up company in Madison, Wisconsin aimed at commercializing high power QCLs.  In 2017 he was awarded the UW-Madison Vilas Associates Award. Prof. Mawst has authored or coauthored more than 250 technical papers, holds 26 patents, and is a Fellow of IEEE.

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