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Edmund Optics® Announces 2017 Educational Award Recipients

10/18/2017, Barrington, NJ USA   —

Edmund Optics® (EO), the premier provider of optical components to both industry and academia, announces the recipients of its 2017 Educational Award program. This award is given in recognition of outstanding undergraduate and graduate optics programs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics at non-profit colleges and universities worldwide.

The EO Educational Award Team evaluated over 750 applications to select 30 global finalists. $45,000 USD in EO products will be awarded to the Gold, Silver, and Bronze winners in the Americas and Europe, in support of their research. The remaining finalists will all receive a $500 product matching grant to assist with their research. Also, the Norman Edmund Inspiration Award, which is an additional $5,000 in EO products, will be given to one of the global finalists on November 8, 2017.

Meet the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Award Recipients

In the Americas, the Gold Award of $10,000 in EO products was awarded to the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, of Canada, and was submitted by Jinyang Liang. For the development of compressed ultrafast microscopy (CUMic) to image neuronal activities in real time.

The Silver Award of $7,500 in EO products, went to Universidad Nacional de Quilmes, of Argentina, submitted by Fernando Alvira for the implementation of an interferometric spectrometer for Raman Spectroscopy as a tool to diagnose Alzheimer‘s Disease.

Boston University, of the United States and submitted by Daniel Leman, was awarded the Bronze Award of $5,000 in EO products. For the design of a lightweight, 3D-printed, wireless-capable microscope for single photon fluorescence imaging in awake, behaving animals.

In Europe, the Gold Award of €7,000 in EO products, went to Universität Innsbruck, of Austria, which was submitted by Thorsten Schwerte. For the disruption of host targeting in blood feeding flight insects by dynamic light pattern projection in dark and light rooms.

The Silver Award of €5,000 in EO products, was presented to Delft University of Technology of The Netherlands and submitted by Hai Gong, for the development of a smart optical malaria diagnostic instrument, deployable to low-resource settings.

The Bronze Award of €3,000 in EO products, was awarded to Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen, of Germany, which was submitted by Florian Bayer. For the development of a 4-fold DLP projection system with filtered high power LEDs to investigate previously inaccessible, fundamental mechanisms of signal processing of the human retina.

To learn more about the Educational Award recipients and their applications please visit

Don’t forget to check back on November 8th, 2017 to see who will receive the Norman Edmund Inspiration Award. An additional $5,000 USD in EO products will be awarded to the program that best embodies the legacy of Edmund Optics’ founder, Norman Edmund.

About EO:

Edmund Optics® is a leading supplier of optics, imaging, and photonics technology for the Life Sciences, Biomedical, Semiconductor, R&D, and Defense markets around the globe. EO designs and manufactures a wide array of multi-element lenses, lens coatings, imaging systems, and optomechanical equipment, while supporting OEM applications with volume production of both stock and custom products. EO’s state-of-the-art manufacturing capabilities, combined with its global distribution network, has earned it the position of the world’s largest supplier of off-the-shelf optical components. Customers can purchase items by calling 1-800-363-1992, via the catalog or the website at