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Two students receive prestigious international scholarships

June 9, 2023 | Myriam Castonguay

Update : July 5, 2023

Benjamin Crockett and Connor Rowe are recognized for the excellence of their careers in optics and photonic.

The international society for optics and photonics (SPIE) awarded two scholarships in recognition of two students’ contribution to the advancement of science and technology.

SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, has awarded two scholarships to Benjamin Crockett and Connor Rowe in recognition of their contribution to the advancement of science and technology. Both students are working under the supervision of Professor José Azaña, a specialist in optical fiber telecommunications, at INRS Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications Research Centre.

This year, the D.J. Lovell Scholarship, SPIE’s most significant scholarship, was awarded to doctoral student Benjamin Crockett. Worth US$ 11,000, the scholarship recognizes the student’s outstanding contribution to optical signal processing of classical and quantum waveforms.

” Having attended the renowned SPIE Photonics West conference, I am particularly pleased to receive this recognition from such an important organization, which brings together world leaders in photonics to collaborate and learn from each other. ”

Benjamin Crockett, INRS doctoral student

Benjamin Crockett’s ambition is to develop new techniques to improve the ability to process and detect optical waves, particularly through time-frequency processing schemes.

Master’s student Connor Rowe has been awarded a US$ 5,000 scholarship for his promising contributions to the field of optics and photonics. His research focuses on using photonic devices to implement time-frequency processing directly in the analog domain, which will enable real-time analysis of telecommunications, astrophysics, and medical signals.

 ” I am honored to receive this scholarship from SPIE and thrilled that there is such an incredible community working to support students as they begin their journey in optics and photonics. ”  

Connor Rowe, INRS master’s student

SPIE Fellowships are awarded through a highly competitive global process, promoted, and overseen by one of the most prestigious scientific societies in the field of optics and photonics.

 ” It is a great honor for me to have the opportunity to supervise and train some of the most talented young scientists in this field. This demonstrates the remarkable level of up-and-coming scientists at INRS. ”, – Professor José Azaña.

Congratulations to Benjamin and Connor!

See the list of 2023 recipients