8 Nominees for International Laser Innovation Award Announced

Eight nominees were selected from 33 applications and proposals from nine countries for the Berthold Leibinger Innovationspreis, which recognizes worldwide innovations in applied laser technology. Topics include silicon photonics, medical lasers and applications, laser measuring devices, lasers for and in micro-machining, car body production, and microlithography.

The nominated individuals and groups impressed the judges with their achievements and innovative drive to develop, apply, and bring to market the real life applications and laser sources benefiting people, society, and industry.

The individuals and group representatives have been invited to Ditzingen, Germany, to present their innovations in person to the jury. Based on the presentations, the jury will select three prize winners for the Berthold Leibinger Innovationspreis 2008. The diplomas, sculptures, and prize money totaling 35,000 euros will be presented to the prize winners on September 15 at an award ceremony.

The nominees of the Berthold Leibinger Innovationspreis 2008:
Dr. med. Hans Christoph Ludwig, Dr. med. Thorsten Knobloch, Prof. Dr. med. Veit Rohde, Neurosurgical Clinic of the University Medical Center Göttingen, Georg-August-University, Germany

Dr. Heinrich-Otto Teichmann, LISA laser products OHG, Germany
Dr. med. Kevin Rostasy, Department of Paediatrics, Medical University Innsbruck, Austria
Prof. Dr. med. Andreas Gross, Asklepios Klinik Barmbek, Germany
"Development of a 2-Micron Solid-State Laser for Minimal Invasive Neuro-Endoscopy at Infants with Hydrocephalus and for Urology"

Dr. Cary Gunn, Luxtera Corp., USA
"Development of Silicon Photonics: Si-Based Detector"

Dr. Nicolas Stoeckel, Bayer AG, Germany
Dr. Friedrich Bruder, Bayer MaterialScience AG, Germany
Dr. Kevin Curtis, Dr. Lisa Dhar, Dr. Adrian Hill, Dr. William Wilson, InPhase Technologies Inc., USA
"Holographic Data Storage"

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Czarske, Dr. Lars Büttner, Thorsten Pfister,
Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany
"Laser Doppler Distance Sensor and its Applications"

Prof. Dr. Nabeel Riza, College of Optics & Photonics CREOL, University of Central Florida, USA & Nuonics Inc., USA
„Hybrid Analog-Digital and All-Digital Laser Beam Profiler:
A Paradigm Shift in Laser Beam Profiling Technology"

Dr. Jens König, Dr. Thorsten Bauer, Ulrich Graf, Robert Bosch GmbH, Germany
Dr. Markus Willert, Bosch Rexroth AG, Germany
"Ultrafast Laser Technology: The Future of High-Precision
Micro Machining in High-Volume Production"

Berthold Hopf, Dr. Klaus Debschütz, Daimler AG, Germany
"RobScan - Robot-Guided Remote Scanner Laser Welding"

Dr. Richard Sandstrom, Dr. Bill Partlo, Cymer Inc., USA
"VUV Excimer Lasers for Advanced Microlithography"

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