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Professor M.J. Soileau honored by Photonics Spectra in "Beacons of the Photonics Industry"

For the second year running, Photonics Media is honoring those in the photonics and optics industry whose outstanding contributions have advanced light-based technologies in the scientific, business, academic and consumer communities. Industry Beacons are nominated by you, our readers, and selected by the editorial staff of Photonics Media. 

M.J. Soileau has garnered attention for his many technical and scientific papers, but his role in leading the creation of the Center of Research and Education in Optics and Lasers (CREOL) is a crowning achievement. Soileau actively participates in the community and occupies positions on a variety of boards and committees, including the Florida Research Consortium and the Astronaut Memorial Foundation. Under his leadership, research funding for UCF’s Office of Research and Commercialization increased from $36.6 million in 1998 to $1.2 billion since 2000. Soileau has also served as an officer in the United States Air Force and worked as a research scientist for the U.S. Navy. He served as vice president for research and commercialization from 1999 to 2016 and currently is Distinguished Professor of Optics and Photonics, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Physics at the University of Central Florida. He has published over 170 technical and scientific papers on optics, laser-induced damage to optical materials and nonlinear optics.

Soileau has been named to the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame (FIHF) in recognition of his innovative research in the advancement of high-energy laser optics. Among other recognitions, he has also received the Gold Medal of the SPIE and the OSA Ester Hoffman Beller Award. He is a Fellow of SPIE, OSA, IEEE, AAAS, and the National Academy of Inventors (NAI), and in 2016 was elected a Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Science.

Soileau received a bachelor’s degree in astronomy and physics from Louisiana State University, a master’s degree in physics/optics from the University of Utah and a doctorate degree in electrical engineering/quantum electronics from the University of Southern California.

Posted Monday, September 18, 2017

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