The IEEE Photonics Society recognized Life Fellow Robert L. Byer with its 2009 IEEE Photonics Award for his “seminal contributions to nonlinear optics and solid-state lasers for commercial applications from precision measurement to manufacturing.”
Byer is a professor of applied physics at Stanford University and codirector of the school’s Photonics Research Center. His research in lasers and nonlinear optics has led to such breakthroughs as the demonstration of the first tunable visible parametric oscillator, remote sensing using tunable infrared sources, and precision spectroscopy using coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering. Byer was the 1985 president of the IEEE Lasers and Electro-Optics Society (now the IEEE Photonics Society). He has received many awards, including the IEEE Third Millennium Medal in 2000 for his contributions to the society.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in physics in 1964 from the University of California, Berkeley, and master’s and doctoral degrees in 1967 and 1969 both in applied physics, from Stanford.
The IEEE Robotics and Automation Society presented Fellow Matthew T. Mason with its Pioneer Award for his “pioneering contributions to the fundamental understanding of the mechanics of robotic manipulation and to graduate education in robotics.” The award included a US $2000 honorarium.
Mason is a professor of computer science and robotics at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science, in Pittsburgh. He is also director of the school’s Robotics Institute. In breakthrough research, he demonstrated that robots could manipulate soft objects when he invented the first origami-folding robot in 2004.
Mason earned bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in computer science and artificial intelligence in 1976, 1978, and 1982 from MIT.
The IEEE Long Island (N.Y.) Section honored Life Fellow Veljko Radeka with its Harold Wheeler Award for his “outstanding leadership and accomplishments in detector development, which enabled discoveries in many areas of science and technology in a career of sustained productivity spanning over 50 years.”
Radeka is head of the Instrumentation Division of the U.S. Department of Energy at the Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, N.Y., where he works on large neutrino detectors. Radeka is a member of the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society.
Radeka earned a Ph.D. in engineering sciences in 1961 from the University of Zagreb, in Croatia.