Professor named Fellow of famous scientific society

Professor Misha Sumetsky

13 January 2014  

An Aston University professor renowned for his work in the field of photonics has been named a Fellow Member of an esteemed international society for business and science leaders.  

Professor Misha Sumetsky, of the Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies (AIPT), was awarded the Fellow Membership of the Optical Society of America (OSA) for his seminal work in the theory and experimental demonstration of new fibre optic devices used for telecommunications and computing. 

Candidates for an OSA Fellow Membership can only be chosen by their professional peers who have already attained Fellow status. OSA Fellows are selected based on their impact in the field of optics – the branch of physics which involves the behaviour and properties of light.  

The Fellowship is generally considered the most prestigious honour for researchers in the fields of optics and photonics, with more than 30 Nobel laureates within its ranks. 

The fact that I have been nominated by my peers, world-class scientists I respect and admire and whose work consistently inspires, makes the award even more personally significant

Professor Sumetsky said: “It is an honour to be elected as a Fellow Member of the OSA. The fact that I have been nominated by my peers, world-class scientists I respect and admire and whose work consistently inspires, makes the award even more personally significant.” 

The professor, who recently joined Aston University after working at OFS Labs and Bell Labs in America, is responsible for creating SNAP technology (Surface Nanoscale Axial Photonics).The system, which is predicted to create ground-breaking developments in optical communications, will be further developed at Aston with fellow scientists in the AIPT. 

Donna Strickland, OSA President, said: “The distinction of OSA Fellow signifies members who are at the top of the optics and photonics profession. On behalf of OSA, I am pleased to acknowledge Professor Sumetsky’s outstanding contributions and honour him with this well-deserved distinction.” 

Only two other scientists in the UK were named OSA Fellows in 2014. The process for election is extremely competitive, with the number of OSA Members recommended for Fellowship each year limited to less than 0.5% of the total OSA Membership. 

Founded in 1916, the OSA is the leading professional society for scientists, engineers, students and business leaders. Through publications, meetings and programmes, the OSA aims to provide quality research and resources to its global network of optics and photonics professionals. 

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