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. 

2020 Honoree



Sanjay Krishna

For the first demonstration of single color and dual color nBn superlattice detectors and focal plane arrays




Sanjay Krishna is the George R Smith Professor of Engineering in the ECE department at the Ohio State University. He was previously the Director of the Center for High Technology Materials and Professor and Regents Lecturer in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of New Mexico.

Sanjay received his M.S. in Electrical Engineering and PhD in Applied Physics from the University of Michigan after which he joined UNM as a tenure track faculty member. His group is involved with research of antimonide based infrared detectors and focal plane arrays. Sanjay has received several awards including the Gold Medal from IIT, Madras, Defense Intelligence Agency Chief Scientist Award for Excellence, NAMBE Young Investigator Award, ISCS Young Scientist award, UNM Teacher of the Year and the SPIE Technology Achievement Award.  Sanjay has more than 300 peer-reviewed journal articles (h-index=54), two book chapters and over 10 issued patents.

He is the co-founder and CTO of SK Infrared, a start-up involved with the use of IR imaging for dual use applications including early detection of skin cancer. He is a Fellow of IEEE, OSA and SPIE.

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