Published on 26/11/2021
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  • Professor Igor Meglinski elected as a Fellow Member of Optica (formerly OSA)
  • Optica is the leading organization for scientists, engineers, business professionals, students and others interested in the science of light
  • Professor Meglinski was honoured for pioneering innovations to research with applications in biomedical optics and imaging

Professor Igor Meglinski, a biophotonics expert from the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences at Aston University, was elected as a fellow member of Optica (formerly OSA) at the Society’s November 2021 Board of Directors meeting.  

Igor is being honoured specifically for pioneering innovations and sustained contributions to the studies of coherent polarized light with applications in biomedical optics and imaging.

Optica (formerly OSA) is dedicated to promoting the generation, application, archiving and dissemination of knowledge in optics and photonics worldwide. Founded in 1916, it is the leading organization for scientists, engineers, business professionals, students and others interested in the science of light.

Optica Fellows are selected based on several factors, including distinguished contributions to education, research, engineering, business and serving the community in the fields of optics and photonics. 

The Optica Fellow Members Committee reviewed a record 262 nominations submitted by current Fellows. As Fellows can account for no more than 10 per cent of the total membership, the election process is highly competitive. Candidates are recommended by the Fellow Members Committee and then submitted for review and approval by the Awards Council and Board of Directors.

Professor Igor Meglinski said: “I am delighted to see our research achievements in the field of coherent polarized light in biomedical imaging and diagnosis recognized internationally. 

“This is really encouraging us to go further – to investigate diversity of quantum properties of light and their usage for more advanced imaging of cells and biotissues with immediate technology transfer for emerging needs of health care and life sciences.”

Professor Sarah Hainsworth, executive dean of the college of engineering and physical sciences at Aston University, said:  “I would like to congratulate Igor on his election as Fellow of the Optical Society of America. This is fantastic recognition for the standing of his work and I am delighted for his success, which brings him personal recognition for his research and also reflects highly on Aston University”.

Optica 2021 president Connie Chang-Hasnain, whinnery chair professor emerita of EECS at University of California, Berkeley, USA said: “Congratulations to the 2022 Optica Fellows. These members exemplify what it means to be a leader in optics and photonics. Their election, by their peers, confirms the important contributions made within our field. I would like to thank them for their dedication to Optica, and for advancing the science of light.”

The new Optica Fellows will be honoured at the Society’s conferences and events throughout 2022.

For more information about our research into biomedical photonics go to our research pages and to find out more about studying photonics please go to our college website.

Notes to editors

About Aston University

Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston is a long established university led by its three main beneficiaries – students, business and the professions, and our region and society. Aston University is located in Birmingham and at the heart of a vibrant city and the campus houses all the university’s academic, social and accommodation facilities for our students. Professor Alec Cameron is the Vice-Chancellor & Chief Executive.

Aston University was named University of the Year 2020 by The Guardian and the University’s full time MBA programme has been ranked in the top 100 in the world in the Economist MBA 2021 ranking. The Aston MBA has been ranked 12th in the UK and 85th in the world. The University also has TEF Gold status in the Teaching Excellence Framework.  

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