The National Science Foundation Veterans Research Supplement Program at the BU Photonics Center helps students progress in their careers aftering serving in the military. To read more about this program, as well as to read Photonics Center Director Tom Bifano comment on veterans Cliff Chan and Chris Stockbridge, click here.
The Boston University Photonics Center will be hosting the 17th annual Photonics Center Sympsoium on December 5, 2013. This year’s symposium, chaired by Professor Xin Zhang, is focused on innovations at the intersections of micro/nanofabrication technology, biology, and biomedicine. Visit the symposium website, here.
Photonics Professor Ted Moustakas won the 2012 Innovator of the Year award at the annual Tech, Drugs and Rock & Roll (TDRR) event at Boston University on July 16, 2013. BU Provost and Chief Academic Officer Jean Morrison presented the award to Professor Moustakas. To read the full story in BU Today, click here.
Photonics Professor Siddharth Ramachandran has developed a new fiber-optic technology that can trasnmit large of amounts of data at a very low cost. To read the full article in BU Today, click here.
Photonics Assistant Professor John Connor has been promoted to Associate Professor. Read the full article in BU Today.
As president of the Boston University chapter of the Optical Society of America (OSA), Photonics Center Ph.D. student Alket Mertiri met with members of congress in Washington D.C. to talk about support of sustained funding for science. On March 12-13, he participated in training programs and briefings from Congressional staff and staff from the Administrative and American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Among the speakers was Kei Koizumi, a Boston University alumni who now is an adviser to President Barack Obama. During the meetings, Alket described the importance of funding science and engineering and discussed the impact those fields have on the economy, job creation and research advancements. He hopes that his visit brings awareness to the lawmakers on Capitol Hill about the importance of sustained funding in science and engineering. More information is available at: http://setcvd.org/.
Boston University awarded full professorships to 17 BU faculty. Photonics faculty members Professors Enrico Bellotti and Siddharth Ramachandran received this honor. To read the full story in BU Today, click here.
The Boston University Photonics Center and the Optical Society (OSA) hosted a town hall discussion on February 22, 2013. The discussion was devoted to the National Academy of Sciences report, “Optics and Photonics: Essential Technologies for Our Nation.” In the new report, NAS identifies technological opportunities and applications in optics today from solid-state lighting, photovoltaics, manufacturing, fiber optic telecommunications, defense, displays, to diagnostic medicine. The report assesses the current state of optics worldwide from a market perspective, prioritizes a set of “grand challenge” questions to fill technological gaps, and recommends actions for development and maintenance of the field.
Watch the video of the town hall below.
Photonics Director Tom Bifano has received the Distinguished Scholar Award from Boston University’s College of Engineering. The Distinguished Scholar Award honors a faculty member engaged in outstanding, high-impact research, and provides the recipient with a public forum to discuss his research before the Boston University academic community. Professor Tom Bifano’s research focuses on the design and manufacture of micro-electro-mechnical systesm (MEMS) in optical applications. To find out more about Tom Bifano’s work, background, and public lecture in the Spring semester, click here.
Photonics faculty member Theodore Moustakas has been elected as a charter fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, for the numerous patents that he has developed. He is most well known for discovering the method used to create the blude, green, and white light-emitting diodes (LEDs) used in computer, televisions, and outdoor displays. He is now working on ultraviolet LEDs. For the full article in BU Today, please click here.