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Meyer receives SAOT Young Researcher Award in Advanced Optical Technologies

The Erlangen Graduate School in Advanced Optical Technologies (SAOT) has honored Terry Meyer, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, with the 2010 Young Researcher Award. The award is granted annually to an outstanding young scientist in the field of optics and photonics, and Meyer is being recognized for his work in developing new laser imaging techniques for reacting flows.

Meyer will be honored during a ceremony on May 31, 2010, at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg in Erlangen, Germany.

The award is compensated with 100,000 euros, which can be used for collaborative visits to Erlangen over a four-year period. Meyer will go to Germany for a month during the summer of 2010 as a visiting professor to collaborate with researchers at SAOT. Additionally, the funding supports a graduate student to travel with Meyer.

“As professionals, we are always learning from our colleagues at other institutions,” Meyer says. “When a group like SAOT brings scientists together who are working distantly but in parallel efforts, new ideas are formed through that close interaction.”

SAOT provides interdisciplinary research and an education program of excellence in a broad international network. The group was established at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in November 2006 within the framework of the Excellence Initiative of the German Federal and State Governments to Promote Science and Research at German Universities. The experts at SAOT focus on innovations and leadership in optics and optical technologies at the interfaces between physics, engineering, and medicine.