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ICO/ICTP Gallieno Denardo Award

The winners of the ICO/ICTP Gallieno Denardo Award

2000: Arbab Ali Khan,Pakistan

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A graduate of Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad, Pakistan, where he is now working as assistant professor, A.A. Khan worked mainly in the field of quantum computing. He has also worked in the fields of optical and computer generated holography, fiber and integrated optics and in lasers and optics instrumentation implementing optical computing via classical methods.

2001: Arashmid Nahal, Iran, and Fernando Pérez Quintián, Argentina

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A graduate of the University of Tehran and from Kharkov State University, A. Nahal had been working under the supervision of Prof. Vladimir K. Miloslavsky on the influence of the polarization on radiation-induced formation of spontaneous periodic structures in thin photosensitive films.

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A graduate of the Universidad de Buenos Aires, F.P. Quintián is working as an Assistant at the School of Engineering of that University. His research interests are light scattering, metrology, laser ultrasonics and interferometry.

2002: Alphan Sennaroglu, Turkey

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A graduate of Cornell University and an Associate Professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering at  Koç University in Istanbul, Turkey. A. Sennaroglu's research focuses on the development of solid-state lasers, spectroscopic investigation of new laser media, experimental and theoretical study of thermal effects, ultrashort pulse generation, and nonlinear optics.

2003: Robert Szipöcs, Hungary

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A graduate of Technische University of Budapest and a reseacher at the Research Institute for Solid State Physics and Optics in Budapest, Hungary. R. Szipöcs's research focuses on femtosecond nonlinear pulse propagation in microstructure (photonic crystal) optical fibers, femtosecond time resolved spectroscopy and two-photon microscopy.

2004: Imrana Ashraf Zahid, Pakistan, and Revati Nitin Kulkarni, India

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Dr. Imrana Ashraf Zahid from Quaid-I-Azam University, Pakistan, was awarded for her contributions in the field of Quantum and Atom Optics and Lasers.

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Dr. Revati Nitin Kulkarni from the International Institute of Information Technology, Pune, India, was awarded for her contributions in the field of Adaptive Optics. 

2005: Sarun Sumriddetchkajorn, Thailand

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A researcher from the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), Pathumthani, Thailand's Ministry of Science and Technology.He made his PhD at CREOL, Florida, USA.The main subject of his research was multiwavelength fiber-optic switch array retro reflective structures, under both theoretical and experimental studies to analyze optical crosstalk level. He has developed an optical touch switch based on total internal reflection (TIR) to be used by disable persons.

2006 Héctor Manuel Moya-Cessa, Mexico.

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H. Moya-Cessa did his MSc in the Centro de Investigaciones en Optica, and his PhD at Imperial College in London, England. He is a researcher at the Instituto Nacional de Astrofísica, Optica y Electrónica (INAOE), in Puebla, México. He was awarded in recognition of his outstanding research activities on the foundation of Quantum Optics and for his involvement in organizational activities aimed at diffusing the interest on Quantum Optics in Latin America.

2007 Svetlana Boriskina,Ukraine

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Svetlana Boriskina received the M.Sc. (hons.) and Ph.D. degrees in Radio-physics from V. Karazin Kharkov National University (KNU), Kharkov, Ukraine, institution where she works as a Senior research scientist. The citation of the Prize reads: "The prize is assigned for her original work in the development of numerical modeling techniques for optoelectronic devices, micro-optical resonators, dielectric lenses and waveguides and for her active commitment aimed at the diffusion of research in optics in Ukraine".

2008 Mourad Zghal, Tunisia

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Mourad Zghal received his MSc and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from the National Engineering School of Tunis. He is a faculty member from the Higher School of Communications of Tunisia. The citation of Zghal's award reads: "The prize is assigned for his original work in the development of numerical modeling techniques for photonic crystal fibres, microstructured optical fibres, polarization, and for his active commitment aimed at the diffusion of research in optics in Africa."

2009 Saifollah Rasouli, Iran

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Saifollah Rasouli is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Physics Department of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Basic Sciences (IASBS) in Iran, the institution that granted his MSc and PhD degrees in Physics with specialization in Optics. The citation of Rasouli's award reads: "The prize is assigned for his creative implementation of Moirè interferometry to fiber optics, optical metrology, and atmospheric optics, including measurements of turbulence parameters, and possible applications to wavefront distortion compensation in adaptive optics systems".

2010 Cleber Mendonça, Brazil

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Cleber Mendonça received his PhD in physics in 2000 from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Upon completing his doctorate he spent seven months as a postdoc at the College of Optics and Photonics (CREOL) in Florida. In July 2001 he was hired as a faculty member at the University of São Paulo (Institute of Physics of Sao Carlos). The prize was awarded to C. Mendonça "for the development of novel methods and procedures of nonlinear optics, in particular the use of femtosecond pulses and femtosecond laser micro-fabrication in polymers for investigating nonlinear optical properties of organic compounds, and for establishing effective interdisciplinary collaborations within Brazil".

2011 Iván Moreno, Mexico, and Ryan Balili, Philippines

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Ivan Moreno obtained his Bachelor Degree in Physical Engineering in 1998 from the Tecnológico de Monterrey, in México, and his PhD in 2003 at the Centro de Investigaciones en Optica (CIO) in León, México. He is member of the Physics Faculty at the University of Zacatecas in México. During the last seven years, Dr. Moreno has consolidated an original research program in radiometry and photometry of light-emitting diode-based illumination in Mexico. He was awarded "for valuable contributions to optics in the field of radiometry and photometry of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) that have significantly impacted the design of systems that use such LEDs."

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Ryan Balili received his PhD degree in 2009 at the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, USA. He was thereafter reinstated as Assistant Professor in Iligan Institute of Technology, Mindanao State University. He was named a "Young Researcher Awardee" by Physica Status Solidi in 2006. He was also given the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in 2007 for excelling in research and also in academics. He was awarded the ICO/ICTP Gallieno Denardo Award for his "pioneering work in the trapping and condensation of polaritons, providing an important new system in which quantum coherence can be studied, and having potential applications in quantum information processing."

2012 Selçuk Akturk, Turkey

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Akturk obtained his bachelor degree in 2001 from Bilkent University (Ankara, Turkey) and his PhD in 2005 at Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, USA), both in physics. From 2006 to 2009, he worked at Laboratoire d’optique Apliquee of Ecole Polytecnique at Palaiseau, France. Since 2009, he has been a faculty member at Istanbul Technical University (Istanbul, Turkey), Department of Physics Engineering, currently at associate professor level. He was awarded “for his valuable work in the field of ultrashort optical pulses and in particular for his contributions to the development of ultrashort pulse characterization techniques and their applications to ultrafast nonlinear optics”.

2013 Mohammad D Al-Amri, Saudi Arabia

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Mohammad D Al-Amri is Associate Professor of Physics at the National Center for Mathematics and Physics (NCMP) at King Abdualaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST). He obtained his MSc with distinction from Sussex University, UK, in 2001, and his PhD in physics in 2004 from the University of York. He was awarded for “his pioneering research in the field of optical lithography and microscopy, quantum teleportation and multi-qubit systems, and the reversal of weak measurements in optical systems, as well as for his leadership role in establishing a quantum optics research program at KACST, Saudi Arabia under difficult circumstances.”

2014 María Florencia Pascual-Winter, Argentina, and John Fredy Barrera Ramírez, Colombia

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María Florencia Pascual-Winter is a perrmanent researcher of the Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET), Argentina, working in the Institute for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at the Atomic Center of Bariloche (ACB). She was awarded “For her creative theoretical and experimental investigation of original schemes for coherent coupling of optical and microwave interactions in quantum memories for light, and for her commitment to the expansion of the scope of scientific collaboration between diverse research groups.” Read more

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John Fredy Barrera Ramírez received his BSc, MSc, and PhD degrees in physics from the University of Antioquia (Medellín, Colombia) in 2001, 2003, and 2007, respectively. His Doctoral Thesis received the academic distinction of Summa Cum Laude. Since 2006 he has been with Antioquia University, where he is currently associate professor in the Physics Institute and coordinator of the Optics and Photonic’s Group. John Fredy was awarded “For his breakthrough contributions to the field of Optical Encryption and its potential applications, as well as his promotion of research and training in optics in Colombia, and dedication to public outreach.” Read more

2015 Rim Cherif (Tunisia), and Rajan Jha, India

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Prof. Rim Cherif (right) has conducted her research activities in the Green and smart communication systems laboratory (Gres’Com) at the Engineering School of Communications of Tunis (Sup’Com), University of Carthage, since 2005. She was awarded for “her achievements in the field of nonlinear optics and in particular for her valuable contributions to the design of highly nonlinear fibers for supercontinnuum generation, as well as for her active commitment aimed at the diffusion of research in optics and photonics in Tunisia.” Read more

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Awarded for “his breakthrough contributions in the modelling, design and development of high-performance optical sensors and waveguides as well as for promotion of research activities in optics and photonics in India”. He is Assistant Professor of Physics in the School of Basic Sciences at Indian Institute of Technology Bhubaneswar, India, and works at the Nanophotonics and Plasmonics Laboratory (NPL), a lab committed to the design and development of optical devices that can meet industrial and societal needs. Read more

2016 Jehan Akbar (Pakistan), and Mati Horprathum, (Thailand)

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Dr Jehan Akbar is Assistant Professor of Physics at Hazara University Mansehra, KPK, Pakistan, and an ICTP Junior Associate. Dr Akbar was awarded for “his breakthrough contributions in the design and fabrication of high performance semiconductor lasers and amplifiers as well as for promotion of research activities in optics and photonics in Pakistan.” Read more

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Dr Mati Horprathum, a researcher with the National Electronics and Computer Technology Center, Thailand, was awarded for “his valuable contributions in the development of optical thin-film technology for innovative surface functionality as well as for his commitment in the diffusion of optical thin-film research in Thailand.” He received his B Ed in science– physics from Srinakarinwirot University and his MS and PhD in physics from King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, Thailand.  Read more

2017 Dr. G K Samanta, (India)

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Dr. Goutam Kumar Samanta, Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad, India, was awarded for “his significant contributions to the field of nonlinear optics, lasers and quantum optics, as well as his efforts in popularizing science among school students in India.” He received his BTech and MTech degree in optics and optoelectronics from the University of Calcutta and a PhD in photonics from the Institute of Photonics Sciences (ICFO), Barcelona, Spain, in July 2009. Read more