Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Silicon Photonics Pioneer Gets 'Genius' Award

Genius Awards totally over $12 million were given to 23 researchers who the MacArthur Foundation believes are pioneering the future in sciences and art. 2010 recipient Michal Lipson has been pioneering silicon photonics for over a decade using hit-and-miss funding sources, but now Lipson has a assured flow of cash--$25,000 every three months for five years. Look for Michal Lipson to invent a new optical material that still uses traditional CMOS fabrication equipment in the next five years. RColinJohnson @NextGenLog

Michal Lipson recently became a Fellow of the MacArthur Foundation, the "genius" award of five-year $500,000 no-strings-attached funding.

Here is what EETimes says about Lipson: Cornell University professor Michal Lipson was recently made a MacArthur Foundation Fellow—the no-strings-attached $500,000 "genius" award—capping her meteoric rise in the field of silicon photonics. Lipson leads a team of researchers who are crafting silicon waveguides, modulators, switches, lasers and all the other components necessary to route and process optical signals on CMOS chips...MacArthur Fellows—23 of which were awarded in 2010—receive $25,000 quarterly payments over five-years with no restriction on how it is spent. However recipients are expected to pursue research paths for which it would be difficult to secure traditional funding sources. The MacArthur Foundation cited Lipson's pioneering work in silicon photonics...
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