Cornell Professor Peter McMahon Places 2nd in 2021 Rising Stars of Light Competition

Rising Stars of Light, initiated by Light: Science & Applications, is a worldwide campaign for the most shining young scientists in optics-related topics. Since 2018, it has been hosted for three years and received worldwide recognition with more than 6,000,000 audiences.

In 2021, Rising Stars of Light was highlighted as a featured event by UNESCO’s International Day of Light. Between 16th May 2021 and 16th July 2021, Rising Stars of Light were open to nominated applicants from world’s leading young scientists who can only be qualified until they submit their achievements, publications & patents, future research plans and being nominated by a world’s leading scientist in optics.

After the nomination, application, and selection by the Committee members, 10 final candidates - Prof. Igor Aharonovich from University of Technology Sydney, Prof. Jonathan Albert Fan from Stanford  University, Dr. Maxim Karpov from Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology, Prof. Howard Lee from University of California Irvine, Prof. Peter McMahon from Cornell University, Prof. Abdoulaye Ndao from Boston University, Prof. Carlos Rios from University of Maryland, Prof. Lingyan Shi from University of California San Diego, Dr. Kai Wang from Stanford University, Prof. Qifan Yang from Peking University - stand out and each gave a 20-min speech on iCANX.

After a tough selection, the winners were announced as follows:

  • First prize winner: Prof. Qifan Yang will win USD $3000
  • Second prize winners: Prof. Peter McMahon and Prof. Jonathan Albert Fan will each win USD $1500
  • Third prize winners: Prof. Carlos Rios, Prof. Lingyan Shi, and Dr. Maxim Karpov will each win USD $1000

Candidates awards: Prof. Igor Aharonovich from Prof. Howard Lee from University of California Irvine, Prof. Abdoulaye Ndao from Boston University and Dr. Kai Wang from Stanford University. All the awards winners will each win a coupon of waiving publication fee in Light: Science & Applications (valid until 2023).

Congratulations on the abovementioned young scientists and we expect their future researches to bring fundamental changes to the optics community and contribute to the wellbeing of humans.

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