Bernard J. Couillaud ultrafast laser Prize deadline is 8 March 2019

Jan. 18, 2019
One early career professional will receive a $20,500 dollar prize and $5,000 dollars in travel expenses.

IMAGE: Apply by March 8th for the Bernard J. Couillaud Prize for ultrafast laser innovation. (Image credit: The OSA Foundation)

The OSA Foundation (OSAF) and Coherent (Santa Clara, CA) have partnered to create the Bernard J. Couillaud Prize. The Prize provides the opportunity for an early career professional (1-5 years post highest degree) to pursue a compelling and innovative project that has the potential to make a meaningful and positive impact on the science and applications of ultrafast lasers. One early career professional will receive a merit-based award which includes a $20,500 dollar prize and $5,000 dollars in travel expenses.

The goal is to support individuals in the area of ultrafast photonics for the purpose of providing dynamic and rigorous research with a state-of-the-art approach to solving difficult, real-world problems. Recipients will be granted total research freedom with consideration being given to the following: 1. Work focused on advancing basic research or; 2. Efforts focused on transitioning an idea into a commercial innovation. The prize is expected to help the recipient in their pursuit of the most compelling and interesting research issues in ultrafast optics. The Bernard J. Couillaud Prize is a personal prize and is not renewable. This merit-based prize is a $20,500 stipend along with up to $5,000 in travel expenses to attend an OSA scientific conferences. Travel expense reimbursement subject to OSA's most current travel reimbursement policy.

You must apply by 8 March 2019, be an early career professional (1-5 years post highest degree) pursuing a compelling project that has a meaningful global impact. You must work in the field of ultrafast photonics and have demonstrated the unique nature and global reach of the project.

The Prize will honor the extraordinary contributions of Bernard J. Couillaud, former president and CEO of Coherent and later chairman of the Board of Directors. A native of France, Couillaud earned his PhD in Laser Physics in 1978 at the University of Bordeaux and later became a full-time professor there. During his time at Bordeaux, he formed a colorful and storied partnership with colleague André Ducasse that pioneered continuous-wave and pulsed dye lasers. Finding his way to California, he completed a three-year visiting fellowship at Stanford University that yielded, in collaboration with T.W. Hansch, the Hansch-Couillaud technique of laser frequency stabilization.

Joining Coherent in 1983, he was instrumental in the development of numerous Dye, DPSS, and Ti:Sapphire lasers in his roles as director of engineering, business unit manager, and vice president of the Laser Group. Along the arc of this extraordinary academic and industrial career, he authored 65 publications and received numerous patents. He became president and CEO of Coherent in 1996 and served in that capacity until 2002. Couillaud then became chairman of the Board of Directors until his retirement in 2007. He gave more than a lifetime's worth of dedication and achievements to physics, lasers, and photonics, and he remains an inspiration to everyone that called him friend, colleague, boss, or mentor.

See the source link for full requirements and judging panel members.

SOURCE: The OSA Foundation;

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Gail has more than 30 years of engineering, marketing, product management, and editorial experience in the photonics and optical communications industry. Before joining the staff at Laser Focus World in 2004, she held many product management and product marketing roles in the fiber-optics industry, most notably at Hughes (El Segundo, CA), GTE Labs (Waltham, MA), Corning (Corning, NY), Photon Kinetics (Beaverton, OR), and Newport Corporation (Irvine, CA). During her marketing career, Gail published articles in WDM Solutions and Sensors magazine and traveled internationally to conduct product and sales training. Gail received her BS degree in physics, with an emphasis in optics, from San Diego State University in San Diego, CA in May 1986.

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