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UC Merced Professor Receives Awards from Optics Organizations

MERCED – UC Merced founding professor Roland Winston, considered a pioneer in the field of nonimaging optics, has received distinguished awards from two of the industry’s premier organizations.

The Optical Society of America awarded Winston its 2009 Joseph Fraunhofer Award/Robert M. Burley Prize and the Society of Photographic Instrumentation Engineers’ (SPIE) selected him for its 2009 A.E. Conrady Award.

“I feel very honored to be recognized by two of the major societies in optics,” said Winston, one UC Merced’s founding faculty members. “I am pleased for the university and for my students.”

The Optical Society of America’s Joseph Fraunhofer/Robert M. Burley prize recognizes significant accomplishments in the field of optical engineering. SPIE’s A.E. Conrady Award is given annually to recognize and honor exceptional contributions in design, construction and testing of optical systems and instrumentation.

Nonimaging optics is a science concerned with collecting, concentrating, transporting and distributing light energy in applications such as solar energy, signal detection, illumination optics and measurement and testing.

Winston joined UC Merced’s faculty in 2003. He is jointly appointed to the schools of Engineering and Natural Sciences and holds the UC Presidential Endowed Chair. He has applied the field of nonimaging optics to a variety of problems in radiation detection, illumination and solar energy concentration.

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