Alum Yi-Hsin Lin has been elected as an OSA Fellow at the September 2020 meeting. Yi-Hsin was PhD student in Professor Shin-Tson Wu‘s LCD research group from 2002 to 2006 and is currently a professor at National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan.
Fellow citation: “For her pioneering contributions to electrically tunable liquid crystal lenses that led to widespread applications.”
Prof. Yi-Hsin Lin received her BS degree in physics from National Tsing Hua University (Taiwan) in 1998, MS in Institute of Electro-Optical Engineering of National Chiao Tung University (NCTU, Taiwan) in 2000, and Ph.D. in Optics from CREOL: The College of Optics and Photonics, University of Central Florida in 2006. After graduation, she joined the Department of Photonics, NCTU as an assistant professor in 2006 and promoted as a full professor in 2015. She was vice chair in EECS Undergraduate Honors Program, NCTU during 2017-2019. Prof. Lin is vice chair in Tin Ka Ping Photonics Center, NCTU since 2017. Since 2019, she is vice president of Taiwan Local Section of OSA and board member in Taiwan Photonic Society(TPS). She is a board member in Taiwan Liquid Crystal Society since 2007. In addition, she is also an associate editor of OSA’s Optics Express since 2016 and the Lead Guest Editor in Feature Issue of Optics Express: Liquid Crystal Beyond Displays in 2019. She was also invited to join editorial board in Liquid Crystals Reviews since 2016 and one of editorial board members of Scientific Reports Since 2018. Prof. Lin received many awards, such as Facebook Distinguished Faculty Award in 2020, Google University Research Award in 2018, Young Investigator Award in Photonic Engineering from TPS in 2015, NCTU Teaching Award in 2010, NCTU ECE Excellent Teaching Award in 2009, Tin Ka Ping Teaching Award many times (2009, 2011, 2017, 2019), and Glenn H. Brown Prize by International Liquid Crystal Society in 2008. All these years, Prof. Lin is famous in research, development and commercialization of liquid crystal lenses. She collaborates with many international companies, such as Nikon (Japan), Essilor (France), Coopervision (USA), Google (USA), and Facebook Reality Labs (USA). In 2011, Dr. Lin and her PhD student launched a startup company, Liqxtal Tech. Inc. In 2015, Himax Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: HIMX) increased capital ~USD 2.4 millions to Liqxtal Tech. Inc. for LC lenses. Liqxtal Tech. Inc. is commercializing the LC lenses. Prof. Lin published 3 book chapters; 108 peer-reviewed journal papers; 56 patents (4 WO, 15 US, 24 Taiwan,7 China, 4 Japan, 2 Europe), and >90 conference proceedings (~50 invited talks). The research interests of Prof. Lin are in LC-based optical devices and explore all the possibility of applications using liquid crystals. Besides researches, Prof. Lin keeps spreading her influence to other female professionals and students. She organized the first OSA-sponsored event “Women in Optics in Taiwan” in 2019 to connect all female professionals and make effort for realizing regular event of “Women in Optics in Taiwan”.