Engineering Achievement Award

The IEEE Photonics Society Engineering Achievement Award is given to recognize an exceptional engineering contribution which has had a significant impact on the development of laser or electro-optic technology or the commercial application of technology within 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.  The Award consists of an honorarium of $2000 and a medal. 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 Achievment, 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. 

2018 Honoree


Dalma Novak

For the creation and development of breakthrough technologies for the microwave photonics field, in particular for fiber-radio communication systems.


Dalma Novak is Vice President of Engineering at Pharad, LLC where she develops high-perfomance RF-over-fiber technologies.  She received the degreees of Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) with First Class Honors and Ph.D. from the University of Queensland, Australia, in 1987 and 1992, respectively.  From 1992-2004 she was a faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) at The University of Melbourne, Australia.  From July 2000 to January 2001, Dr. Novak was a Visiting Researcher in the Department of Electrical Engineering at UCLA, and at the Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC.  From June 2001 - December 2003 she was a Technical Section Lead at Dorsál Networks, Inc. and later at Corvis Corporation, where she led cross-disciplinary R&D teams developing WDM hardware for long-haul transmission systems.  From January - June 2004, she was Professor and Chair of Telecommunications in the EEE Department at the University of Melbourne.

Dr. Novak's research interests include hybrid fiber radio systems, microwave photonics applications, high speed optical communication systems, wireless communications, and antenna technologies and she has published more than 300 papers in these and related areas, including seven book chapters.

She was elected to the grade of IEEE Fellow in 2007.  Dr Novak was President of the IEEE Photonics Society during 2014-2015 and is currenlty an Associate Editor for the IEEE Photonics Technology Letters and also the IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology.

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