Carmen Menoni, professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Colorado State University, recently was elected a Fellow of SPIE - the international society for optics and photonics.
Menoni, who has been an inspiration to women in engineering since the early 90s when she joined Colorado State, was honored for "innovative contributions to extreme ultraviolet and soft x-ray imaging and for contributions to advancing optical materials."
Selected annually, SPIE Fellows are members of distinction who have made significant scientific and technical contributions in the multidisciplinary fields of optics, photonics and imaging. They are honored for technical achievement, service to the optics community, and to SPIE in particular.
Being named a Fellow is an important metric for assessing academic quality and productivity because only the most accomplished scientists and researchers are elevated to this distinguished level. The SPIE award is the fourth Fellow honor for Menoni. She also holds Fellow appointments with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, American Physical Society, and Optical Society of America.
An international leader in optics, Professor Menoni's work encompasses two different yet complimentary areas: amorphous thin films for high power laser coatings and nanoscale imaging using novel table-top soft x-ray sources that emit bright pulsed beams of wavelength ten to fifty times shorter than blue light. Among her many accomplishments, she was honored in 2012 by Colorado State with the Scholarship Impact Award, which recognizes outstanding faculty whose scholarship has had a major impact nationally and/or internationally. Later that year, Menoni and her team received the Best Oral Presentation Award at the SPIE Laser Damage Conference, an important forum where the latest advances in optical materials for high power lasers are presented. In 2008 and 2009, Menoni was selected by SPIE as an "influential scientist in optics." In the 2010, on the 50th anniversary of the invention of the laser, she was selected by the American Physical Society as an influential scientist in lasers and optics. Menoni is the founding and present editor-in-chief of IEEE Photonics Journal.