William Streifer Scientific Achievement Award

The IEEE Photonics Society William Streifer Scientific Achievement Award is given to recognize an exceptional single scientific contribution which has had a significant impact in the field of lasers and electro-optics in 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 is endowed by Xerox Corp and Spectra Diode Labs. The Award consists of an honorarium of $2,500 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. 

2019 Honoree

JavidiBahram Javidi

For transformative innovations on automated disease identification using field portable optical-imaging based bio-photonics sensors.




Prof. Bahram Javidi is Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor at the University of Connecticut. His interests are in a broad range of transformative imaging approaches using optics and photonics, for passive and active multi-dimensional imaging from nano to macro scales. His recent research activities include 3D visualization and recognition of objects in photon-starved environments; automated disease identification using biophotonics with compact field portable digital holographic sensors for use in developing countries; optical information security, encryption, and authentication, and bio-inspired imaging. He has 30 patents some of which have been licensed by industry. In 2019, Prof. Javidi received The Optical Society (OSA) C. E. K. Mees Medal. In 2018, he was awarded The OSA Joseph Fraunhofer Award / Robert M. Burley Prize. In 2015, Prof. Javidi received the European Physical Society (EPS) Prize for Applied Aspects of Quantum Electronics and Optics. In 2008, he was awarded the IEEE Donald G. Fink Paper Prize (2008), chosen from among all, that is over 130 IEEE transactions, journals, and magazines. He was the recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellow Award (2008), the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Germany) Prize (2007) for senior scientists, the SPIE Dennis Gabor Award in Diffractive Wave Technologies (2005), and the SPIE Technology Achievement Award (2008). He was named an IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Lecturer in 2004 and in 2005, and he was the 2010 recipient of the George Washington University's Distinguished Alumni Scholar Award, the university’s highest honor for its alumni in all disciplines. Prof. Javidi was selected in 2003 as one of the nation's top 160 engineers between the ages of 30-45 by the National Academy of Engineering to be an invited speaker at The Frontiers of Engineering Conference which was co-sponsored by the the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. He is an alumnus of the Frontiers of Engineering of The National Academy of Engineering since 2003. Early in his career, the National Science Foundation (USA) named him a Presidential Young Investigator; and he received the Engineering Foundation and the IEEE Faculty Initiation Awards. Prof. Javidi has over 1000 publications which have been cited over 43,000 times (h-index=97, i10-index=692) according to Google Scholar. He has been named Fellow of eight societies, including IEEE, OSA, SPIE, European Optical Society (EOS), and Institute of Physics (IoP). Prof. Javidi received the B.S. degree from George Washington University, and the M.S. & Ph.D. degrees from Pennsylvania State University.

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