Nominations Open for the 2023 Women in Photonics Excellence Award

Eligible candidates will be accepted until May 31, 2023.

The inaugural IEEE Photonics Society Women in Photonics Excellence Award was established to recognize an exceptional technical, educational, or societal contribution made by a woman which has had a significant impact to the photonics community-at-large. Funding for this award is sponsored by Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd. (

The nomination process starts here. (

Supporting information and endorsements are required to demonstrate achievements and technological advancements. Alas, self-nominations are not permitted. Recipients may be proposed by their colleagues, peers in the field, IEEE volunteers who recognize their unique contributions, industry leaders, and/or by engineering professors from across the globe. 

An individual recipient will receive a certificate, a cash honorarium, and complimentary registration to the IEEE Photonics Conference where the award will be presented.

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"As a woman in science, I feel a sense of responsibility to be the voice of change for diversity and inclusion. Diverse scientific teams can push the boundaries of science and generate new and creative research ideas," stated Hani Nejadriahi, IEEE Women in Photonics Task Force Chair and Postdoctoral Researcher at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. "Awards like this allow us to celebrate the scientific contributions of women and visible role models who inspire the next generation of women in photonics."

The IEEE Women in Photonics initiative's main goal is to increase the participation, engagement and advancement of women in the optics and photonics community. The Society sets out to encourage gender inclusivity within technical, professional and educational opportunities, and is committed to continually improving its practices in order to build and maintain an environment that reflects the rich diversity of the photonics and optics scientific community.


The IEEE Photonics Society is the professional home for a global network of engineers, scientists, and allied professionals who represent the laser, optoelectronics, and photonics community. As a Technical Society of the IEEE, the world's largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity, the IEEE Photonics Society inspires community through highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities. (

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