Thursday, 28 April 2016

And the winner is ... Innovation Award Laser Technology 2016

The winner team of the Innovation Award Laser Technology 2016: (l.t.r) Presenter Annett Möller, Dr. Ulrich Berners, Vorstandsvorsitzender des Arbeitskreises Lasertechnik e.V., Dipl.-Ing. Carsten Deppe, B.Sc. Felix Ogiewa, Dr. Ir. Armand Pruijmboom, Dipl.-Ing. Ralf Conrads, Dr. Günther Derra, Dr. Pavel Pekarski (Philips GmbH Photonics Aachen), Dr. Paul Hilton, Vorstandsvorsitzender des European Laser Institute ELI. Copyright: Fraunhofer ILT / Andreas Steindl.

Dr. Ir. Armand Pruijmboom, General Manager of Philips GmbH Photonics Aachen and his team were awarded the Innovation Award Laser Technology 2016 with 10.000 € prize money on 27 April 2016 in Aachen's town hall. The first place in the open prize competition was awarded to the innovation VCSEL arrays: A novel high-power laser technology for “digital thermal processing". The jury composed by ten international experts selected 3 outstanding finalists among the 15 submitted applications. Photonics21 Board of Stakeholder representative Dr. Paul Hilton, speaker of the international jury, pointed out the outstanding innovations of the 3 finalist project teams in the field of laser technology. 

The innovative work of the Philips team consists in the development of the VCSEL array chips dedicated for high power application, the packaging and thermal management of the VCSEL arrays including comprehensive finite-element modeling, the system design by tailoring packages of various “standard building blocks” to specific industrial applications and finally the application development itself.

The Innovation Award Laser Technology is a European prize for applied research awarded at 2-yearly intervals by the associations Arbeitskreis Lasertechnik e.V. and the European Laser Institute ELI. The award can be conferred on an individual researcher or on an entire project group, whose exceptional skills and dedicated work have led to an outstanding innovation in the field of laser technology. The scientific and technological projects in question must center on the use of laser light in materials processing or the methods of producing such light, and must furthermore be of demonstrable commercial value to industry.

The jury's decision was based on the following criteria: 

  • Proven commercial benefit
  • Innovative quality of the resulting laser beam source, laser manufacturing process or laser system
  • Scientific / technological quality of the underlying research
  • Creative approach to technology demonstrated by the designated individual or project group

• Importance of the contribution of the applicant’s work to the overall innovative process

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