Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy
Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

Professor Hughes becomes a Fellow of The Optical Society of America 

Posted On: November 11, 2016

Professor Stephen Hughes has been elected as a 2017 Optical Society of America (OSA) Fellow Member. Fellows of the Optical Society are elected based on their significant contributions to the advancement of optics and photonics. Several factors are considered for election, including specific scientific, engineering, and technological contributions, a record of significant publications or patents related to optics, technical or industry leadership in the field as well as service to OSA and the global optics community. 

Professor Hughes comments that "it is a great honor to be selected as an OSA Fellow," and "I am delighted to be joining such a prestigious group." 

The OSA Fellow Members Committee reviews nominations submitted by current OSA Fellows and then recommends candidates to the OSA Board of Directors.  The number of OSA fellows is limited to less than 10 percent of the total OSA membership and the number elected each year is less than 0.5 percent of the current membership total, making the process both highly selective and competitive. As a reflection of the Optical Society's global reach, 59 percent of this year's Fellows reside outside the United States.

Professor Hughes's citation reads, "for significant contributions to the theory and modeling of light-matter interactions in nanophotonics and quantum optics, especially in the fields of photonic crystals and semiconductor quantum dots".

The 2017 class of Fellows will be honored at OSA conferences and meetings throughout 2017.

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