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EECS Ph.D. Student Vala Fathipour has been awarded the 2014 Best Student Paper Award at SPIE Optics + Photonics 2014, held August 17-21 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA. Additionally, she was also awarded an SPIE Student Travel Grant in the amount of $200 to present her award winning paper, titled, "Approaching high temperature photon counting with electron-injection detectors." 

Fathipour is currently a Research Assistant working in the Bio-inspired Sensors and Optoelectronics Laboratory (BiSOL) under Prof. Hooman Mohseni. She is interested in surface plasmon based devices, QCL and in general optoelectronic devices. View her LinkedIn & Google Scholar Citations profile

SPIE Optics + Photonics 2014 is the largest international, multidisciplinary optical sciences and technology meeting in North America, where the latest research in optical engineering and applications, solar energy, nanotechnology, and organic photonics is presented discussed.