The Boston University Photonics Center annual report 2011-2012
The Boston University Photonics Center
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This report summarizes activities of the Boston University Photonics Center during the period July 2011 through June 2012. These activities span the Center’s complementary missions in education, research, technology development, and commercialization. In 2010, the Photonics Center unveiled a five-year strategic plan as part of the University’s comprehensive review of centers and institutes. The Photonics Center continues to show progress on the Photonics Center strategic plan and is growing the Center’s position as an international leader in photonics research. For more information about the strategic plan, read the Photonics Center Strategic Plan section on page 11. In research, Photonics Center faculty published more than 100 journal papers spanning the field of photonics. A number of awards for outstanding achievement in education and research were presented to Photonics Center faculty members, including a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) for Professor Altug, the Boston University Peter Paul Professorship for Professor Han, and a Dean’s Catalyst Award for Professor Joshi. New external grant funding for the 2011-2012 fiscal year totaled $15.8M. For more information on our research activities, read the Research section on page 26. In technology development, the close of FY11 marked the end of the Photonics Center’s decade-long collaboration pipeline technology development with the Army Research Laboratory (ARL). The successful outcomes of that unique partnership include a compelling series of photonics technology prototypes aimed at force protection. Our direct collaboration with Army end users has enabled transformative advanced in sniper detection of bioterror agents, and nuclear threat detection. In the past year, the Photonics Center has expanded the scope of its unique photonic technology development program to include applications in the commercial healthcare sector. For more information on our technology development program and on specific projects, read the Technology Development section on page 52. In education, 17 Photonics Center graduate students received Ph.D. diplomas. Photonics Center faculty taught 29 photonics courses. The Center supported a Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) site in Biophotonic Sensors and Systems for 10 middle school and high school teachers. The Photonics Center sponsored the Herbert J. Berman “Future of Light” Prize at the University’s Science and Engineering Day. Professor Goldberg’s Boston Urban Fellows Project started its seventh year. For more on our education programs, read the Education section on page 64. In commercialization, the Business Innovation Center continues to operate at capacity. Its tenants include 11 technology companies with a majority having core business interests primarily in photonics and life sciences. It houses several companies founded by current and former BU faculty and students and provides students with an opportunity to assist, observe, and learn from start-up companies. For more information about Business Innovation Center activities, read the Business Innovation Center chapter in the Facilities and Equipment section on page 78.
This repository item contains an annual report that summarizes activities of the Boston University Photonics Center in the 2011-2012 academic year. The report provides quantitative and descriptive information regarding photonics programs in education, interdisciplinary research, business innovation, and technology development. The Boston University Photonics Center (BUPC) is an interdisciplinary hub for education, research, scholarship, innovation, and technology development associated with practical uses of light.