Axel Schülzgen
Axel Schülzgen

A faculty member and an alumnus are among the newest class of fellows named by the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE).

The honor goes to Professor Axel Schülzgen, Ph.D., who studies and specializes in fiber optics. He is already a fellow in the Optical Society of America; his awards at UCF include the 2017 Excellence in Graduate Teaching, the 2015 Excellence in Research (College Award) and the 2013, 2014 and UCF Innovator.

SPIE states that fellows are “members of distinction who have made significant and technical contributions in the multidisciplinary fields of optics, photonics, and imaging. They are honored for their technical achievement and for their service to the general optics community and to SPIE in particular.”

“I’m humbled to become a Fellow of the International Society for Optics and Photonics, SPIE. It is the greatest honor to be selected by your peers for achievements and services to your scientific community,” Schülzgen said.

Also among the new fellows is Vadim Smirnov Ph.D., ’02 MS, Ph.D., whose company OptiGrate worked in tandem with LASIK to advance the corrective eye surgery.