Industry Awards

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LIA will present the 2019 Arthur L. Schawlow Award for Pioneering Basic and Applied Research in Laser Science and Engineering at ICALEO. However, it will also be presenting the coveted William M. Steen Award to organizations in each industry that demonstrate significant innovation in the use of lasers for advanced materials processing. The Theodore H. Maiman Award, the industry’s “Top Gun” award, will be conferred by LIA to the Steen Award recipient that demonstrates the highest achievement in advancing laser materials processing technology.

The Laser Institute (LIA) has unveiled two inaugural awards. The two awards, which LIA will hand out for the first time in ICALEO history, are the William M. Steen Award and the Theodore H. Maiman Award, respectively.

Arthur L. Schawlow Award

Outstanding Contribution to Basic and Applied Research in Laser Science and Engineering

The Arthur L. Schawlow Award recognizes outstanding, career-long contributions to basic and applied research in laser science and engineering leading to fundamental understanding of laser materials interaction and/or transfer of laser technology for increased application in industry, medicine and daily life. Examples of fields of contribution include the following in addition to many relevant topics:

  • Laser spectroscopy and its application in materials processing and diagnostics
  • Laser-aided materials processing
  • Laser interaction with biological tissues
  • Development of new lasers

Nominations are open to candidates who made outstanding contribution to basic and applied research in laser science and engineering. The recipient does not have to be a member of LIA but sustained service to LIA can be one of the additional contributions that is considered for the award. Nominations are active for three years.

LIA will be accepting public nominations for the Arthur L. Schawlow Award through the nomination form .

Theodore H. Maiman Award

Organizations with Highest Achievement in Advancing Laser Materials Processing

Theodore H. Maiman developed the first operational laser and numerous applications thereafter. His pioneering spirit and tenacity accelerated commercial adoption of the industrial laser. The Theodore H. Maiman Award will be annually conferred by LIA to the Steen Award recipient organization that demonstrates the highest achievement in advancing laser materials processing technology. LIA will present this award annually at it’s ICALEO conference.

William M. Steen Award

Organizations with Significant Innovation in the use of Lasers for Advanced Materials Processing

The William M. Steen Award will be annually conferred by LIA to user organizations that demonstrate significant innovation in the use of lasers for advanced materials processing. Each of the following industries will be represented by a Steen Award.

  • Academic & Public Sector
  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Defense
  • Medical Devices
  • Microelectronics
  • Life Sciences
  • Research & Development
  • Academic & Public Sector
  • Specialized Manufacturing & Services

LIA will be accepting public nominations for the William M. Steen Award through the nomination form .

Fellow Award

LIA's most Prestigious Level of Membership

The grade of Fellow is the highest level of membership in the LIA. It is awarded to recognize members of the institute who have:

  • attained unusual professional distinction in the LIA mission areas of laser science and technology, laser applications and/or laser safety, and
  • provided outstanding service to their field.

Nominations are open to candidates who must have practiced the profession of laser science and engineering in academia, medicine, industry or government for at least 10 years, and fellow membership for any individual shall not be instituted or remain in effect unless his/her membership is current. For exceptional candidates, the Executive Committee may waive the eligibility requirements.

LIA will be accepting public nominations for the Fellow Award through the nomination form .

JLA Best Paper Award

Excellence in Laser Applications Research

The Journal of Laser Applications Best Paper Award is given annually in recognition of outstanding laser applications research to the primary author of a selected paper published in the journal in the preceding three years. Each Editor nominates a single paper in their topical area for consideration by the full Editorial team based on the quality and significance of the work.

The winning author receives free registration to ICALEO and a Crystal Award.

Student Paper Award

Recognizing Student Excellence

Full-time students (Student ID required with conference registration and application form) are encouraged to submit papers on their research in the field of laser applications and electro-optics. Awards will be presented to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. Prize winners will be announced during the Closing Plenary Session of ICALEO® and included in an article in the LIA TODAY newsletter featuring ICALEO. Winning papers will be submitted to LIA’s Journal of Laser Applications® (paper will go through peer review process).

Submitted papers will be reviewed by conference chairs and slotted into appropriate sessions. Judges will not review their own students. Students with accepted papers will be judged by an international panel based on the following criteria:

  • Originality of Topic / Material Presented
  • Scientific and Technical Merit / Impact
  • Clarity of Presentation (Oral & Visual)
  • Space in this contest is limited—encourage your students to participate!

Space in this contest is limited—encourage your students to participate!

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