Distinguished Service Award

The IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Service Award was established to recognize an exceptional individual contribution of service which has had significant benefit to the membership of the IEEE Photonics Society as a whole. This level of service will often include serving the Society in several capacities or in positions of significant responsibility. Candidates should be members of the Society. The Award consists of an honorarium of $500 and a plaque. The presentation is made at the IEEE Photonics Conference.

2019 Honoree



Amr S. Helmy

For exceptional contributions to the Photonics Society in the areas of conferences and membership.



Amr is a Professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Toronto. Prior to his academic career, he held a position at Agilent Technologies, R&D division, in the UK between 2000 and 2004. At Agilent his responsibilities included developing InP-based photonic semiconductor integrated circuits and high-power submarine-class 980 nm pump lasers. 

He received his Ph.D. and M.Sc. from the University of Glasgow with a focus on photonic devices and fabrication technologies, in 1999 and 1995 respectively.  He received his B.Sc. from Cairo University in 1993, in electronics and telecommunications engineering science. His research interests include photonic device physics and engineering, with emphasis on nonlinear and quantum optics in III-V semiconductors as well as nanophotonic circuits utilizing plasmonics.

Amr has served the community in numerous roles. He has served as Vice President Membership for the IEEE Photonics Society (2008-2010). He is currently the CLEO Program Chair (2018-2020), where he previously served as the chair for the Semiconductor Lasers committee. He also served as the Technical Program Chair for IPC 2016-2018, where he previously served as the chair for the committees on Semiconductor Lasers, Optical Materials and Metamaterials as well as the committee on Photonic Integration and Packaging.  He has served as an associate editor for the Photonics Journal and is currently an associate editor for Optics Express.



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