Young Investigator Award

The IEEE Photonics Society Young Investigator Award was established to honor an individual who has made outstanding technical contributions to photonics (broadly defined) prior to his or her 35th birthday. Nominees must be 35 years of age or younger on Sept. 30th of the year in which the nomination is made. Funding for this award is sponsored by the IEEE Photonics Society. The award consists of a certificate of recognition and an honorarium of $2000.

W.AlecGamblingHonoring Professor W. Alec Gambling

Professor W. A. Gambling FRS, FREng (1926 - 2021) was one of the pioneers worldwide in the development and use of optical fiber communications. He began his research in microwave communications in the late 1950s before moving into lasers and optics in the 1960s. In 1966 he founded the renowned Optical Fiber Group at the University of Southampton and led it through to 1989 when it became the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC), of which he was the first Director, from 1989 to 1996. During his distinguished career, he received numerous awards and encouraged and mentored dozens of students and young researchers from around the world and it is in his honor that this award is presented.

2022 Honoree

Deep Jariwala

For breakthrough advances in optical characterization and understanding of light-matter coupling in excitonic and strongly-correlated semiconductors.

Deep Jariwala is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn). Deep completed his undergraduate degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Banaras Hindu University and his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University. Deep was a Resnick Prize Postdoctoral Fellow in Applied Physics and Materials Science at Caltech before joining Penn to start his own research group.

Deep’s research has earned him awards of multiple professional societies including the Russell and Sigurd Varian Award and Paul H. Holloway Award of the American Vacuum Society, The Richard L. Greene Dissertation Award of the American Physical Society, Frontiers in Materials Award of The Minerals, Metal and Materials Society as well as the Intel Rising Star Award. His research interests broadly lie at the intersection of novel, low-dimensional optical and photonic materials, surface science and solid-state devices for computing, opto-electronics and energy harvesting applications in addition to the development of correlated and functional imaging techniques.


: September 30

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