Dr. James C. Wyant
2010 OSA President, University of Arizona
Dr. Vladimir M. Shalaev
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University
Dr. Jean-luc Doumont
Effective Communication in Science, Principiae
Dr. Rachel Won
Nature Publishing Group
James C. Wyant is the dean of the College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona. He received a BS in physics from Case Western Reserve University and an MS and PhD in optics from the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester.
Wyant is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of OSA, SPIE, and the Optical Society of India. He was the 1986 President of SPIE and has held many leadership positions in OSA. He has been an elected member of the OSA Board of Directors and a member of the Executive Committee, the Publications Long-Term Planning Group (chair), Fraunhofer Committee (chair), Adolph Lomb Committee, Education Committee, Finance and Investment Committee, Ives Medal Committee, Investment Subcommittee, Fellows and Honorary Members Committee, and CLEO Optical Metrology Committee.
He has been involved in many journal activities, including the editorial advisory panel of Optics Letters, the associate editor of the Journal of the Optical Society of America (JOSA), associate editor of Applied Optics, topical editor of JOSA, topical editor of Applied Optics, topical editor of Optics Letters, editor of the Optical Technology Division of Applied Optics, associate editor of Optics Express, and editor-in-chief of Applied Optics.
He has received several awards for his technical work, including the OSA Joseph Fraunhofer Award; SPIE Gold Medal; SPIE Technology Achievement Award; R&D 100 Award five times; and Photonics Circle of Excellence awards for optical products five times. He received the University of Rochester College of Engineering Distinguished Alumnus Award and a Doctorado Honoris Causa from the Instituto Nacional de Astrofisica, Optica y Electronica in Puebla, Mexico.
Wyant has also been involved in several entrepreneurial activities. He was a co-founder of the WYKO Corporation and 4D Technology and the president of WYKO from 1984 to 1997, when the company was sold to Veeco Instruments. He has served on several boards of directors, including WYKO (chair) from 1984 to 1997, ILX Lightwave from 1988 to the present, Veeco Instruments from 1997 to 1999, Optics 1 from 1999 to 2008, and 4D Technology (chairman) from 2002 to the present.
For his entrepreneurial activities, Wyant has received several awards, including the University of Arizona College of Business and Public Administration Entrepreneurial Fellow; Arizona’s “Innovator of the Year” Product Award; the Tom Brown Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award; and the University of Arizona Technology Innovation Award.
Wyant is the author of more than 300 written publications and invited talks on interferometry, holography and optical testing. He has been the major advisor of 31 graduated PhD students and 25 MS students.
Professional Recognitions, Awards, and Honors:
Photonics and materials science. Optoelectronic properties of mesoscopic and nanostructured systems. Nonlinear optics and spectroscopy. Optical sensors. Optical properties of nanostructured materials. Metal-dielectric nanocomposites and thin metal films. Nanoparticles and their aggregates. Fractal and percolation composites. Optical communication and quantum electronics. Photonic crystals. Plasmonic nanomaterials.
An engineer from the Louvain School of Engineering and PhD in applied physics from Stanford University, Jean-luc Doumont now devotes his time and energy to training engineers, scientists, business people, and other rational minds in effective communication, pedagogy, statistical thinking, and related themes.
With his rational background, Jean-luc approaches communication in an original, engineering-like way that contrasts sharply with the tradition of the field, rooted in the humanities. He is thus well received by students and professionals in search of a method they can apply with the same rigor they have come to value in every other aspect of their occupations.
An articulate, entertaining, and thought-provoking speaker, Jean-luc successfully reaches a wide range of audiences around the world, in English, French, Dutch, and Spanish—as a trainer or invited speaker at an array of companies, top-ranked universities, research laboratories, and international confer
Working as an editor of Nature Photonics Rachel's main responsibility is to ensure that the journal publishes top-quality research in all areas of photonics. She assesses and selects high-quality work for peer review, and makes decisions on publications. She also plays an important role in shaping the journal's content by giving ideas on Focus issues, reviews, commentaries and Technology Focus issues. She commissions and edits news articles, and writes research highlights, interviews, editorials and press releases. Attending conferences and visiting research institutions worldwide are also essential in her role to keep her up-to-date with the latest photonics research progress and strengthen links with the scientific community.
Before joining Nature Photonics, Rachel worked for Aston University's Business Partnership Unit in Birmingham, UK, as a research commercialization officer commercializing research output of the university, particularly that of photonics research. She obtained her PhD in microwave photonics and nonlinear optics as a member of Aston's Photonics Research Group. Prior to that, she worked for Philips Optical Storage in Singapore as an Optics Engineer. She holds a Master's degree from Nanyang Technological University of Singapore doing research in optical fibre sensing and a Bachelor's degree from the National University of Malaysia.