Professors in photonic technologies honoured by The Optical Society

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Optical Society of America announces 2018 OSA Fellows

26 October 2017

  • Two academics from the School of Engineering and Applied Science are elected Fellows
  • Fellowship one of most prestigious honours for researchers in optics and photonics
  • OSA is leading professional organisation for scientists, engineers and business leaders

Two professors from Aston University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science have received one of the most prestigious honours for researchers in optics and photonics – Fellowships from The Optical Society.

Candidates for an OSA Fellow Membership are selected by other OSA Fellows based on their impact in the field of optics, the branch of physics that involves the behavior and properties of light.

Andrew Ellis, Professor of Optical Communications, was chosen specifically for his “pioneering contributions in the areas of all-optical signal processing and mitigation of linear and nonlinear transmission impairments.”

Nick Doran, Professor of Photonics, was selected for his “technical leadership on nonlinear fibre transmission and devices, including amplifiers and switches, and for his pioneering contribution to soliton transmission and processing.”

Both are in the Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies (AIPT) and are among just 10 OSA members from the UK out of 101 to be elected to the 2018 OSA Fellows Class.

Nick said of the award: “I am deeply honoured by this recognition and very grateful to those colleagues who worked anonymously to secure this award. I also am grateful for the essential contributions made by all the brilliant people - too many to list - whom I was so fortunate to have working with me over the last 36 years.”

Andrew said:"It is a privilege to be awarded this Fellowship, which is a testament to the foresight of my managers and supervisors - one of whom was Nick Doran - who set me on this track at the start of my career in optical communications.

"I am humbled to be considered in the same company as other OSA Fellows, many of whom I have respected for decades, and I am proud that the work carried out by my team and I has been recognised in this way. I can genuinely say that I had no conception of winning such an honour when I entered the University of Sussex as an undergraduate!" 

The OSA is the leading professional organisation for scientists, engineers, students and business leaders and Fellows are chosen for their scientific, engineering, and technological contributions or technical or industry leadership in the field as well as service to the OSA and the global optics community.

Eric Mazur, 2017 President, The Optical Society, said: “The 2018 OSA Fellows will continue, through their work, to foster growth in their individual fields. Their achievements are excellent examples of the substantial impact of optics and photonics on the global sphere. We had a record number of applicants this year and the group’s diversity is a testament to The Optical Society’s growing global influence.”

Elizabeth Rogan, CEO, The Optical Society said, “It’s an honour to congratulate the new Fellows, who have contributed to the growth of our industry. This impressive group of individuals will continue to add tremendous value to the optical science ecosystem.”

The OSA Fellow Members Committee reviews nominations submitted by current OSA Fellows, then recommends candidates to the OSA Board of Directors. No more than 10 per cent of the total OSA membership may be chosen as Fellows, making the process both highly selective and competitive.
The new Fellows will be honoured at OSA conferences and meetings throughout 2018.


Notes to the Editor:  

About Aston University:  Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston is a long established research-led university known for its world-class teaching quality, and strong links to business and the professions. 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 has been a leading university for graduate employment success for over 25 years and our students do extremely well in securing top jobs and careers.  Our strong relationships with industry partners mean we understand the needs of employers, which is why we are also ranked in the top 20 for graduate employability.

About The Optical Society:  Founded in 1916, The Optical Society (OSA) is the leading professional organisation for scientists, engineers, students and business leaders who fuel discoveries, shape real-life applications and accelerate achievements in the science of light. Through world-renowned publications, meetings and membership initiatives, OSA provides quality research, inspired interactions and dedicated resources for its extensive global network of optics and photonics experts. For more information, visit

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