Educational Award finalists announced by Edmund Optics

Sept. 8, 2015
Edmund Optics has named the 45 finalists for its 2015 Educational Award, selected from over 850 applications in 23 countries.

Edmund Optics (Barrington, NJ) has named the 45 finalists for its 2015 Educational Award, selected from over 850 applications in 23 countries. The final Educational Award recipients will be announced on October 14, 2015.

The awards consist of Edmund Optics products valued at over $80,000. Each region--the Americas, Europe, and Asia--will be granted a Gold ($10,000 in products); a Silver ($7,500 in products); and a Bronze ($5,000 in products) Award. Edmund Optics will also present 36 matching product awards in the amount of $500 each to 12 recipients in each of the three regions. Nine global student winners will also be selected to receive prizes such as tablets, digital cameras, and activity trackers. All finalists will be eligible for the Norman Edmund Inspiration Award--an additional $5,000 in products being announced on November 11, 2015, to the program that best embodies the legacy of Edmund Optics' founder, Norman Edmund, for inspiring others to become interested in science and engineering.

The 45 research finalists and their teams submitted applications ranging from creating a vision system for the early detection of forest fires and the advancement of optical techniques to investigate alternative energy sources to discovering new non-invasive methods for pneumothorax diagnosis in premature babies and the development of a smartphone spectrometer for real-time environmental monitoring or health diagnostics such as Ebola detection.

Here are the finalists representing the Americas, Asia, and Europe:


Duke University, USA – Xiaofeng (Steve) Zhang

Johns Hopkins University, USA – Andrew Li

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA – Dr. Bevin Lin

Oklahoma State University, USA – Daqing Piao

Rutgers University, USA – Ashley Pennington

Schepens Eye Research Institute, USA – Michael Stahl

Temple University, USA – Vira Oleksyuk

Tennessee Technological University,USA – Micah Eller

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico – Dr. Miguel Banuelos Saucedo

University of Alberta, Canada – Hillary Sweet

University of Miami, USA – Dr. Nelson Salas

University of Rochester, USA – Dr. Jie Zhang

University of Washington, USA – Jarred Swalwell

University Santa Maria, Chile – Moulay Akhloufi

UT Southwestern Medical Center, USA – Dr. Kevin Dean


University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (中国科学院大学), China – Shan Gao

Tsinghua University (清华大学), China - 黄海东

Osaka University (大阪大学), Japan - Dr. 石井克典

Yamagata University (山形大学), Japan – Prof. 渡部裕輝

Osaka University (大阪大学), Japan - 小橋淳二

Nagoya University (名古屋大学), Japan – Dr. 山中真仁

Pohang University of Science and Technology (포항공과대학교), Korea – 다솔이

Korea Institute of Science and Technology (한국과학기술연구원), Korea – Jiwon Yune

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore – Dr. Yongfu Wen

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong – Alexandr Melnikov

AUT University, New Zealand – David Taylor

Indian Institute of Technology Patna, India – Dr. Naveen Nishcal

Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India - Sridhar Reddy Kandlagunta

University of Sydney, Australia – Prof. John Canning

Suranaree University of Technology, Thailand – Dr. Panomsak Meemon


Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic – Lukas Flajsman

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland – Outi Supponen

Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands – Peter Christian Bakker

ETH Zürich, Switzerland – Dr. Nadia Gambino

Fachhochschule Südwestfalen, Germany – Prof. Dirk Berben

Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany – Prof. Dr. Thomas Pertsch

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany – Hannes Rossmann

INEB, University of Porto, Portugal – Dr. Faustino Wahaia

Institut Fresnel, Aix-Marseille University, France – Charankumar Godavarthi

University of Barcelona, Spain – Dr. Jaume Garcia

University of Copenhagen, Denmark – Dmtiry Postnov

University of Kent, United Kingdom – Yong Hu

University of Latvia, Latvia – Edgars Nitiss

University of Pavia, Italy – Marco Rossi Borghesano

University of Zurich, Switzerland – Dr. Jerry Chen

Source: Edmund Optics

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