Dismas Choge, University of Eldoret, Kenya has received a grant worth of $100,000 USD from the Optica Foundation.
Choge’s work focuses on the development of tunable multi-color laser for sensing and a case study for hyperspectral detection of water contaminants, will be featured throughout the coming year in Optica Foundation efforts.
“The selection committee is inspired by the outstanding quality of the awardees who truly represent the finest aspects of our membership. The winning proposals demonstrate superior creative ingenuity, applying photonics in novel ways to work toward solutions for a wide berth of society’s most critical challenges,” said Alan Willner, chair of the 20th Anniversary Challenge Selection Committee and an Optica past president.
“The award money will help provide recipients with an opportunity to explore their innovative ideas and benefit the larger good in the process.”
Selected from nearly 100 global applications, these 10 recipients are set to begin their research immediately. Additional details about their award-winning proposals will be released in the coming weeks; updates on programmatic milestones will be shared by mid-2023.
Scientific and engineering advancements from the global optics and photonics community shape our world, but these achievements require financial investments to explore their merit and bring them to market. Ten award winners each received $100,000 USD to explore their ideas and take steps toward addressing critical global issues.