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Women in Photonics Excellence Award

Recognizes exceptional contributions by a woman which has had a significant impact to the Photonics community at large

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Nomination Period: March 15 – May 31

Nominators must complete a nominee submission by 31 May each year with the following:

  • Proposed Award Citation: (Word Count: 20)
  • Contribution: Description of the contribution cited for consideration that qualify Nominee for Award
  • Impact Statement: Example(s) of impact of cited contribution (up to 6)
  • Nominee’s curriculum vita (Maximum of three pages)
  • Endorsements: Three letters of endorsement are required.  You may enter the endorser’s name and email to send an automatically generated email request, or if you have received the endorsement, you can upload directly to the system. (One page limit) 

31 May

About the Award

Presented to: An individual 

Scope: To recognize exceptional technical, educational, or societal contribution by a woman.

Prize: Certificate and cash Honorarium

Basis for judging: Evaluation of contribution cited and shown to have had a significant impact to the Photonics Community at large.

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Introducing Our Award Honorees

We are proud to recognize and celebrate honorees of the IEEE Photonics Society Women in Photonics Excellence Award. 

Our Most Recent Honoree

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Carmen S. Menoni, 2023

For leading contributions to the science and application of amorphous oxide coatings to gravitational wave detectors and ultrahigh intensity lasers, as well as exemplary leadership in championing for the inclusion of students and young professionals.


Dr. Carmen S. Menoni is a University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.  She also holds appointments in the Department of Chemistry and the School of Advanced Materials Discovery.  Prof. Menoni’s group investigates the synthesis of amorphous thin film oxides by sputtering and uses spectroscopic and other material diagnostics to identify their structural organization at the nanoscale.  Through a combination of fundamental understanding of the optical and structural properties of the thin films materials and device engineering, Prof. Menoni’s research is advancing the state-of-art in interference coatings for ultra-high intensity lasers and for gravitational wave detectors. Menoni is also involved in using high-brightness coherent beams of light of wavelengths between 10-50 nm for optics applications such as nanoscale imaging, ablation and chemical imaging.  Prof. Menoni is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the American Physical Society (APS),  the Optical Society of America (OSA), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE).  Prof. Menoni was President of the IEEE Photonics Society in 2020-2021.