Samantha Nowierski Wins Emil Wolf Student Paper Competition Prize at 2016 Frontiers in Optics Conference

The award recognizes the innovation, research and presentation excellence of students presenting their work during FiO.

Samantha Nowierski

Applied Physics Graduate Student Samantha Nowierski (Ph.D. 17') has been selected as the winner of the Emil Wolf Student Paper Competition prize in the Fiber Optics and Optical Communications category at The 2016 Frontiers in Optics Conference (FiO), held October 17-20 in Rochester, New York.

Established in 2008 to honor Emil Wolf for his many contributions to science and the Optical Society, Emil Wolf Student Paper Competition recognizes the innovation, research and presentation excellence of students presenting their work during FiO. This program is sponsored by Optics Communications published by Elsevier. One winner is selected from each submission category, and receives a $300 USD award stipend, a complimentary, three-year OSA student membership, and an award certificate.

Nowierski, who is currently an Research Assistant in Prof. Prem Kumar's Center for Photonic Communication and Computing (CPCC) group, where she is currently working on the generation, reconstruction, and transportation of high-dimensional time-bin-entangled photon pairs. In the past, she has worked to optimize the performance of a Sagnac-loop optical switch and to model pulsed fiber-optic parametric amplifiers. Before arriving at Northwestern, Nowierski completed her undergraduate degree in Engineering Physics at Cornell University (B.S. 12').

Frontiers in Optics, the OSA Annual Meeting, encompasses the breadth of optical science and engineering and provides an atmosphere that fosters the exchange of information between those working on fundamental research and those looking for solutions to engineering problems.