SPIE Optics and Photonics event a success

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Experts from around the world attending the SPIE Optics and Photonics conference in San Diego, California, reported on advances in technologies for sustainable energy and research in nanoscience, photonics, and optical engineering.

With 4,837 attendees, the meeting served as a focal point for optical engineering and for nanoscience and nanoengineering. Despite the year’s economic struggles, the 248 exhibitors said that they made good connections, and the number of walk-in visitors to the exhibition was up compared to last year.

The meeting’s solar energy programme attracted capacity crowds to hear experts discussing commercialisation of next-generation solar technologies.

Among Society awards presented, Richard Hoover of NASA received the Gold Medal of the Society, Bruce Tromberg was awarded the SPIE Directors Award, and Hans Tiziani was awarded the SPIE President’s Award. Banquet speaker Charles Vest, president of the National Academy of Engineering, received the inaugural Chandra Vikram Award for Optical Metrology.