EE PHD Student Mateus Corato-Zanarella Awarded an SPIE Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship

BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA – May 12, 2020 – Mateus Corato-Zanarella has been awarded a 2020 Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, for their potential contributions to the field of optics, photonics or related field.

Mateus Corato-Zanarella is a PhD student at Columbia University in the Lipson Nanophotonics Group, under the supervision of Prof. Michal Lipson. His research interests include visible photonics, nonlinear optics and beam shaping. Mateus’ current research involves the development of a low loss integrated platform for visible wavelengths and the exploration of novel microresonator-based nonlinear phenomena. He believes that the combination of these topics can one day give rise to multi-wavelength, chip-scale devices for applications such as imaging, AR/VR, spectroscopy, etc.

In 2020, the Society is awarding $298,000 in education scholarships to 78 outstanding SPIE student members, based on their potential contribution to optics and photonics, or a related discipline. Award-winning applicants were evaluated, selected and approved by the SPIE Scholarship Committee, Chaired by SPIE volunteer Kate Medicus.

Through 2019, SPIE has distributed over $6 million dollars in individual scholarships. This ambitious effort reflects the Society's commitment to education and to the next generation of optical scientists and engineers around the world.

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