ECE associate professor Wolfgang Fink has earned this year's SPIE Aden and Marjorie Meinel Technology Achievement Award. This SPIE (International Society for Optics and Photonics) award recognizes outstanding technical accomplishments in optics, electro-optics, photonic engineering, or imaging.
Fink holds a number of appointments, including the inaugural Edward & Maria Keonjian Endowed Chair, associate professor of Ophthalmology and Vision Science, Biomedical Engineering, and Systems and Industrial Engineering. He was also a Senior Researcher at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
“During his tenure at JPL, Professor Fink was an integral part of a team that pioneered the use of snapshot hyperspectral imaging in ophthalmology using a computed tomography imaging spectrometer coupled to a fundus camera for retinal imaging,” says JPL Senior Research Scientist Sarath D. Gunapala. “The first application was retinal oximetry using multi-wavelength oximetry models that benefitted greatly from Professor Fink’s stochastic optimization methods to determine the optimal wavelengths."
The SPIE Society Awards honor exceptional contributions to optics and photonics, both in the realm of technical accomplishments and supporting SPIE. This year, 21 researchers earned SPIE Society Awards.