Young scientist becomes first Australian to receive photonics award
10 December 2015
Associate Professor Igor Aharonovich at the 2015 UTS Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Research Excellence, accepting the Early Career Research Excellence medal. Picture by JesseTaylor for Encapture
UTS's Associate Professor Igor Aharonovich is the first Australian researcher to be awarded the prestigious IEEE Photonics Society Young Investigator Award, which recognises game-changing research in the fields of photonics, optoelectronics and materials science conducted by early career researchers under the age of 35.
"Aharonovich's work towards single photon sources promises new and exciting developments in quantum cryptography which could address a major issue in today's big data world – the development of unbreakable data encryption methods for private and sensitive data," says Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Glenn Wightwick.
Aharonovich, from the Faculty of Science, says the award is a humbling win. "The IEEE Photonics Society is a global network of leading photonics scientists and engineers, and I am honoured to receive this type of peer recognition.
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