Volkan Demir, director of UNAM – The National Nanotechnology Research Centre of
Turkey and Bilkent’s Institute of Materials Science and Nanotechnology and a
member of the Departments of Electrical and Electronics Engineering and
Physics, was elected a Fellow of The Optical Society (OSA) by the society’s
board on September 16, during the OSA’s annual meeting in Washington, DC.
The OSA’s mission is “to promote the generation, application and archiving of knowledge in optics and photonics and to disseminate this knowledge worldwide.” The society, founded in 1916, describes itself as “the world’s leading champion for optics and photonics, uniting and educating scientists, engineers, educators, technicians and business leaders worldwide to foster and promote technical and professional development.”
Prof. Demir’s election to Fellow status recognizes his distinct and significant contributions to the advancement of optics and photonics, in particular for pioneering and sustained contributions to the research and development of semiconductor lighting, nanocrystal optoelectronics and nanophotonics. Several factors are considered for election including specific scientific and technological contributions, a record of significant publications and patents, technical and industry leadership in the field as well as service to the society and the global optics community.
The number of OSA fellows elected each year is less than 0.5 per cent of the current membership total, making the process both highly selective and competitive. The 2020 class of Fellows will be honored at OSA conferences and meetings throughout 2020.
Our Ph.D. student Polat Göktaş has received the 2019 Leopold B. Felsen Excellence in Electrodynamics Award. EMC Turkey and Leopold B. Felsen Fund, Boston has been bestowing an award for Excellence in Electromagnetics to promote contributions of the Turkish researchers to the field of Electrodynamics since 2007.