Technical Skills Educator Award

The IEEE Photonics Society Technical Skills Educator Award is given to recognize educators specializing in bringing technician and technical skills training within the PHO field of interest to traditionally underserved communities.  While candidates teaching at the technical skills level, such as at US community colleges, are targeted, we also welcome applicants from any accredited, degree- or certificate-granting institutions worldwide.

The award will recognize effective, impactful, and innovative educators who bring specialized training to communities for whom photonics is not typically viewed as a common educational and career path. Contributions to curriculum and course development, industrial and governmental education programs, textbook development, will all be considered in the award evaluation.

The Awards consists of a certificate of recognition and honorarium equaling $1,500.00, with an additional $1,000.00 towards travel to attend the IEEE Photonics Conference for the presentation.


2021 Honoree


Lukas Chrostowski

For outstanding and innovative contributions to silicon photonics education.



Lukas Chrostowski is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada.  Born in Poland, he earned a B.Eng. from Mc Gill University and a PhD from the University of California at Berkeley.  His research interests are in silicon photonics, optoelectronics and lasers, including design fabrication and test, for applications in optical communications, biophotonics and quantum information.

He has published more than 300 journal and conference publications.  He co-authored the textbook "Silicon Photonics Design" (Cambridge University Press, 2015).  Dr. Chrostowski served as the co-director of the University of British Columbia Nanofabrication Facility between 2008 and 2017.  He is the Program Director of the Silicon Electronic-Photonic Integrated Circuits (SiEPIC) research training program in Canada,, and has been teaching numerous silicon photonics workshops and courses since 2008.

Chrostowski received the Killam Teaching Prize at the University of British Columbia in 2014.  He was an elected member of the IEEE Photonics Society Board of Governors; 2014-2016.  He was elected to the college of the Royal Society of Canada in 2019.  He is the Program Director for the NSERC CREATE Quantum Computing research training program in Canada (2020-),