SPIE Awards $3,000 Scholarship to Florida Techs Abhijit Chakravarty

MELBOURNE, FLA. — The organization for optics and photonics in industry, academia and government, SPIE, has awarded a $3,000 SPIE Scholarship in Optical
Science and Engineering to Abhijit Chakravarty, a Florida Institute of Technology doctoral student in electrical engineering.

Chakravarty’s studies are in the field of photonics/optics. His research focuses on detailed modeling of key system parameters such as attenuation,
dispersion, crosstalk and signal degradation as well as the design and fabrication of field deployable spatial multiplexers and de-multiplexers.
Multiplexers make it possible for several signals to share one device.

In 2009 SPIE will award $292,000 in scholarships to 116 outstanding students for their potential for long-range contribution to optics and photonics or a
related discipline. Award-winning applicants are evaluated and approved by the SPIE Scholarship Committee.
For more information on SPIE’s scholarship program, visit spie.org/scholarships.

About SPIE
SPIE is the international optics and photonics society, founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. Serving more than 188,000 constituents from
138 countries, the Society advances emerging technologies through interdisciplinary information exchange, continuing education, publications, patent
precedent, and career and professional growth. SPIE annually organizes and sponsors approximately 25 major technical forums, exhibitions, and education
programs in North America, Europe, Asia, and the South Pacific. In 2008, the Society provided $1.9 million for scholarships, grants, and other activities
supporting research and education around the world. For more information, visit SPIE.org.

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