Alumna to receive Turin Award, give lecture on photonics

March 27, 2018 | Events, News, UToday, Advancement, Alumni, Natural Sciences and Mathematics
By Ashley Diel

Dr. Anca Sala will return to her alma mater to receive the John J. Turin Award for outstanding career accomplishments.

The dean of the College of Engineering at Baker College in Flint, Mich., will receive the award and give a free, public lecture Thursday, March 29, at 4 p.m. in McMaster Hall Room 1005.


In her talk titled “Integrated Photonics — An Applied Perspective,” Sala will discuss photonic integrated circuits and their potential to advance the fields of communications, signal processing and sensing.

She is one of the nation’s leading high-technology educators and innovators in the development of college programs in optics and photonics. In addition, Sala is a founding member of Mi-Light, the Michigan Photonics Cluster that supports Michigan’s photonics-related businesses with the goal of growing the state’s talent pool to expand the photonics industry and stimulate innovation.

“It is a huge honor for me to be recognized with the Turin Award,” Sala said. “I received an excellent education from great professors and mentors as a graduate student in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UT. It gave me the ability to thrive in research and development in the industry, as well as a professor in a college environment.”

The Turin Award is presented each year by the UT Department of Physics and Astronomy to a former undergraduate or graduate student for his or her outstanding career accomplishments.

Sala received her PhD in physics from UT after earning a master’s degree in electrical engineering at Polytechnic University of Bucharest in Romania.

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