Pal has been named for this award ‘in recognition of four decades of sustained contributions in education, outreach, research, technical program committees of global flagship conferences, and editing popular publications in guided wave optics and photonics’.
“It is an honor to be recognized by the World’s foremost community of Optics and Photonics. SPIE has over 255000 constituents from 183 countries and being appreciated by your own peer group is always heartening. When I look back at my career and the students that I taught and researchers that I worked with, I’m amazed at the calibre of the people I came in contact with and it is always a delight to see them excel,” said Pal.
Congratulating Pal, the 2018 Nobel Laureate in Physics, Donna Strickland from Waterloo University, Canada, said, “It is well-deserved for your many contributions to training optical scientists from your own teaching to the incredible service you do for the optics community.”
The SPIE Maria J Yzuel Educator Award recognizes outstanding contributions to optics education by an educator in the field.
The award will be formally given to him at the annual award Banquet during the SPIE Optics+ Photonics conference scheduled in San Diego, USA between August 1 and August 5, 2021.