Distinguished Service Award

The IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Service Award was established to recognize an exceptional individuals 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.

2020 Honoree



Arti Agrawal

For exceptional contributions to the Photonics Society as a champion of Diversity and Inclusion initiatives.



Arti Agrawal joined the University Technology Sydney in 2018 as an Associate Professor and the Director of Women in Engineering & IT.Previously, Agrawal worked at City, University of London from 2005-2017 as a Royal Society Postdoctoral Fellow, and her PhD was on modelling methods for optical components, completed at the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi in 2005. 

Dr. Agrawal’s research interests lie in optics: modelling of photonic components such as solar cells, optical fibers, sensors, lasers etc. She is an expert on numerical methods for optics such as Finite Element Method (FEM). She has written a book on FEM, and edited a book on trends in computational photonics. She is also an Associate Editor for the IEEE Photonics Journal.

She is passionate about increasing the representation of women in Science and Engineering. In 2014 with Society President Dalma Novak, Arti launched the IEEE Women in Photonics program. The program is now a global initiative that has significantly increased the visibility of women in the scientific community. Arti also actively supports gender diversity programs as a leader & community advocate, such as the Society's Pride in Photonics initiative. Currently serving as the Associate Vice President of Diversity for the IEEE Photonics Society and an OSA Board Member, she is an inspiration to many, facilitating collaboration, mentorship, networking & technical dissemination.



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