LIA to Hand Out Inaugural Steen and Maiman Awards for Advanced Materials Processing at ICALEO 2019

ORLANDO, Fla.June 20, 2019 (PRWeb) — The Laser Institute (LIA) has unveiled two inaugural awards for this year’s International Congress on Applications of Lasers & Electro-Optics (ICALEO), which runs 7-10 October, 2019. The two awards, which LIA will hand out for the first time in ICALEO history, are the William M. Steen Award and the Theodore H. Maiman Award, respectively.

The William M. Steen Award will be annually conferred by LIA to user organizations that demonstrate significant innovation in the use of lasers for advanced materials processing in the following industries: Academic & Public Sector, Aerospace, Automotive, Defense, Medical Devices, Microelectronics, Life Sciences, Research & Development, and Specialized Manufacturing & Services.

LIA will then pick a Steen Award recipient who demonstrates the highest achievement in advancing laser materials processing technology and award the organization with the Theodore H. Maiman Award.

LIA will announce Steen Award recipients for each industry on August 12, 2019, ahead of ICALEO 2019. The award finalists and recipients will present their innovations during ICALEO’s Market Driver Symposium or Live Users Solution Forum and interview with the media after the event. This year’s Market Driver Symposium and Live Users Solution Forum, both dynamic and interactive ICALEO events, will for the first time be compartmentalized into four focus industries across the four days of the conference: Aerospace, Medical Devices & Life Sciences, Microelectronics, and Automotive.

The introduction of these two new awards will compliment the awarding of the 38th Arthur L. Schawlow Award at ICALEO 2019, which recognizes individuals with outstanding, career-long contributions to basic and applied research in laser science and engineering.

Last year’s Schawlow Award winner was Dr. Don Scifres, recognized as a pioneer in high power semiconductor diode laser arrays, whose work enabled the first generation of diode pumped solid state lasers, telecom amplifiers and led to the development of fiber lasers. Other past recipients of the award include Professor Reinhart Poprawe, Dr. Valentin Gapontsev and Dr. David Sliney.

Now in its 38th consecutive year, ICALEO is the premier conference on laser applications and will draw global leaders from industry and academia. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to gain insightful knowledge on the latest advancements and cutting-edge solutions to challenges in the industry. Register now on the ICALEO website.