Juejun Hu Wins 2019 Academic Early Career Achievement Award

The award recognizes significant and innovative technical contributions in the engineering or scientific fields, as well as excellence in academia

15 August 2019

Juejun Hu Wins 2019 Academic Early Career Achievement Award
Juejun Hu (right) receiving his award from SPIE President-Elect John Greivenkamp.

BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA and CARDIFF, UK - Yesterday evening, at the 2019 Awards Banquet at SPIE Optics + Photonics in San Diego, SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, honored Juejun Hu with the Early Career Achievement Award in the academic field, in recognition of his original contributions to integrated optics and photonics through innovative material and device engineering.

The author of more than 80 papers and eight US patents, Hu became an independent investigator in 2010, and has been pioneering novel optical materials and their applications in integrated photonics ever since.

His research, which focuses on photonic materials and devices for sensing, photovoltaics, and communications, has already impacted industry: his work on a solution processing of high-index glass optical adhesives method enabled Semprius Inc. to fabricate stacked solar cells with the then-record efficiency of 44%, and, in 2015, Hu transitioned his on-chip optical sensing technologies to his startup, Stokes Photonics.

Currently at MIT, Hu leads the Photonic Materials Group in their work on novel photonic materials such as chalcogenide glasses and phase change materials, while exploring their applications in integrated photonics. Lauded as a scientist who "[thrives] in a problem-rich environment," Hu's research has solved major technology roadblocks in communication and sensing. An active SPIE Member, he has also served as a conference session co-organizer at SPIE Photonics West and Defense + Commercial Sensing.

Juejun Hu is a major contributor to materials, device, and optical systems research," noted Lionel C. Kimerling, Thomas Lord Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT. "His students at MIT display an outstanding, well-informed research methodology, and the path that Hu has blazed for his successes is noteworthy: novel materials and novel device concepts to provide a critical, necessary function. He has created a large footprint with his research, in his attraction of research collaborators from four continents, and in his infectious drive for new materials applications."

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