Professor Riza Named Edwin H. Land Medal Recipient

3 Apr 2019

Professor Nabeel Riza, Chair Professor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at UCC, has been named as the 2019 recipient of the prestigious Edwin H. Land Medal. 

The Optical Society (OSA) and the Society for Imaging Science and Technology named Professor Riza as the Edwin H. Land Medal recipient in recognition for his invention and commercialisation of pioneering macro- and micro-scale imaging techniques across radio frequency and optical wavelengths, as well as the education and mentoring of distinguished scientists and engineers.

For 3 decades, Professor Riza has made cutting-edge innovations and inventions in applied optics, including the CAOS (Coded Access Optical Sensor) camera; the camceiver; on-chip embedded controls liquid crystal lens; multiplexed optical scanner technology; self-aligning acousto-optic interferometry & RF signal processors; low-noise liquid crystal switches and all-digital attenuators. He also invented a photonically controlled ultrasonic imaging probe, fault-tolerant digital MEMS fiber-optic signal controls, agile indoor optical wireless, electronic or e-lens-based vision testing, microscopy, and 3-D imaging; self-imaging freespace-fiber-optic coupling model; analog-digital fiber-optic RF phased array antenna imaging; agile pixel MEMS imager and e-lens laser beam propagation analyzer and interferometry-pyrometry silicon carbide extreme temperature thermometry.

The 2019 OSA President, Professor Ursula Gibson described Professor Riza as a "prolific inventor of imaging methodology and a gifted educator,” and said “The Edwin H. Land Medal is proper acknowledgment of his many contributions to the field of applied optics and to the education and development of new generations of researchers and inventors in this field.”

The Edwin H. Land Medal was established in 1992 and recognises pioneering scientific research in creating inventions, technologies and products. 

In addition to his most recent accolade, Professor Riza has also received the 1994 GE Gold Patent Medal, the International Commission for Optics 2001 ICO Prize, the 2001 Carl Zeiss E. Abbe Medal; the 2008 Berthold Leibinger Innovation Prize Nominee Distinction Award, the 2009 IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Lecturer Award, the 2009 Ireland Walton Award, and the 2018 Institution of Engineering & Technology Achievement Medal and Honorary Fellow Award of Engineers Ireland. 


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