Tomasz Tkaczyk was elected fellow of the Optical Society (OSA). He was chosen for innovation toward the development of cost-effective technologies in optics, opto-mechanics, electronics, and materials to engineer novel imaging instruments, multi-dimensional snapshot imaging modalities, and systems for the early detection and treatment of cancer.
OSA fellow membership is highly selective and competitive as no more than 10 percent of the membership may be chosen. Selection is based on several factors toward the advancement of optics and photonics. This year’s class of fellows represents 19 different countries.
Tomasz Tkaczyk has been elected fellow of the Optical Society (OSA). No more than 10 percent of OSA membership may be chosen. Selection is based on several factors toward the advancement of optics and photonics. Photo by Jeff Fitlow
Tkaczyk, an associate professor of bioengineering and of electrical and computer engineering, joined Rice in 2007. The main thrust of his research has been toward the development and fabrication of modern optical instruments and imaging systems for biological and medical application.
A new collaborative research focus in the Tkaczyk laboratory, which is supported by a $2 million grant by NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, involves the development of a small, sophisticated snapshot spectrometer to analyze Earth’s atmospheric and surface conditions from algae blooms and other contaminants in coastal waters.
The compact size of Tkaczyk’s high-performance imaging systems makes them ideal for point-of-care diagnostics in various clinical settings around the world. Biomedical applications have included in-vivo cancer imaging, multiplexed cell signaling analysis, retinal imaging, and the early screening and treatment of tuberculosis.
Tkaczyk is the author of more than 60 peer-reviewed publications, two book chapters, and the book Field Guide to Microscopy. He serves as editor and reviewer for several scientific journals. Recent awards he has received for his achievements in optical engineering include OSA’s Paul F. Forman Engineering Excellence Award, and both the Norman Edmund Optics Higher Education Award and the Norman Edmund Inspiration Award.
Founded in 1916, the OSA seeks to promote the generation, application and archiving of knowledge in optics and photonics and to disseminate this knowledge worldwide. The purposes of the society are scientific, technical and educational. OSA’s commitment to excellence and long-term learning is the driving force behind all its initiatives.