2020 Gentec-EO Laser Lab Awards: Winners announcement

Now that the 2020 Gentec-EO Laser Lab Awards contest is officially closed, it’s time to announce the winners!

First, on behalf of the entire Gentec-EO staff, we want to say thank you to all applicants for entering the contest. We received way more applications than expected and it was a difficult task to choose only 12 winners.

The winning colleges and universities were selected by the Laser Lab Awards team at Gentec-EO based on how they intend to use their prizes and of course their eligibility to enter the contest.

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And the winners are…

Here we go! The winners of the 2020 Gentec-EO Laser Lab Awards are:

#1 – Jie Huang, Assistant Professor from the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at Missouri University of Science and Technology, wins a UP19K-15S-H5 & MAESTRO

#2 – Edward Kinzel, Associate Professor from the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering department at University of Notre Dame in Indiana, wins a UP19K-15S-H5-INT

#3 – Samuel Felipe SERNA-OTALVARO, Assistant Professor from the Physics department at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts, wins a BEAMAGE-4M

#4 – Joseph Shaw, Professor and Director from the Optical Technology Center at Montana State University, wins a QE25LP-S-MB-INT

#5 – Christopher Middlebrook, Associate Professor from the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at Michigan Technological University, wins a BEAMAGE-4M

#6 – Thomas Rotter, Research Associate Professor from the Center for High Technology Materials at University of New Mexico, wins a BEAMAGE-4M

#7 – Rahul Pandey, Postdoctoral Scholar from the Chemistry department at Oregon State University, wins a UP19K-15S-H5 & MAESTRO

#8 – Xiaomin Jin, Professor from the Electrical Engineering Department at California Polytechnic State University, wins a BEAMAGE-4M

#9 – Hillary Mathis, Instructional Lab Manager from the Wyant College of Optical Sciences at University of Arizona, wins a PRONTO-SI

#10 – George Brown, Professor from the Physics department at University of California Santa Cruz, wins a UP19K-15S-H5-INT

#11 – Muhammad Ummy, Associate Professor from the Electrical and Telecommunication Engineering Technology department at New York City College of Technology, wins a QE25LP-S-MB-INT

#12 – James Kraly, Associate Dean - Chair Optics Advisory Group from the Department of Physics at Keene State College in New Hampshire, wins a UP19K-15S-H5 & MAESTRO

All prizes are awarded to the winning colleges and universities, not to the applicants who represent them.

Congratulations to all winners!

Throughout the next 12 months, we will publish an article about each winner on how they intend to use the product and what physics concepts are involved.


The winners chose their prize among the following Gentec-EO products:






Learn more about each of these laser beam measurement solutions on the contest page.

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The Gentec-EO Laser Lab Awards contest aims to support optics laboratories in universities and colleges in the United States. Its goal is to ensure students have access to the same quality measurement instruments that are used today in the industry.

If you were not able to enter the contest this year or were not selected as a winner, make sure to enter the contest next year: the Gentec-EO Laser Lab Awards will be back in 2021.

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