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 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. 

2021 Honoree

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José Capmany

For pioneering and sustained contributions to integrated microwave and programmable photonics including the invention of Field Programmable Photonic Gate Arrays.



José Capmany is a Full Professor in Photonics and leader of the Photonics Research Labs ( at the institute of Telecommunications and Multimedia Applications (, Universitat Politècnica de Valencia, Spain. He has published over 550 papers in international refereed journals and conferences and has been a member of the Technical Program Committees of the European Conference on Optical Communications (ECOC), the Optical Fiber Conference (OFC). He is a Fellow of Optica and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He has acted as a reviewer for over 25 SCI journals in the field of photonics and telecommunications. He is also a founder and chief innovation officer of the spin-off companies VLC Photonics ( dedicated to the design of photonic integrated circuits (recently acquired by Hitachi High Technologies) and iPronics, ( dedicated to programmable integrated photonics.

Professor Capmany has received the 2020 National Research Award in Engineering and the 2012 King James I on novel technologies, both considered the highest scientific distinctions in Spain, for his outstanding contributions to the field of microwave and programmable photonics. He is an ERC Advance Grant Holder and was a distinguished lecturer of the IEEE Photonics Society for the 2013-14 term, an associate Editor of IEEE Photonics Technology Letters (2010-2016) and the IEEE Journal of Lightwave Technology (2016-2018). He currently serves as Editor in Chief of the IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics.


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