Prize Recipient

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Enrique Galvez
Colgate University


"For his contributions to quantum optics, his enthusiastic inclusion of undergraduates in a significant way in his research, and his contributions to the wider physics community"


Enrique Kiko Galvez completed his undergraduate studies in physics at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru in 1980. He got a Ph.D. in physics at the University Notre Dame in 1986, and did a post-doc at Stony Brook University. He has been permanent faculty at Colgate University since 1988. His early research involved experimental atomic physics of ion and atomic beams, measuring the Lamb shift in two-electron ions and studying highly excited Rydberg atoms. More recently he has been studying classical and quantum properties of light, which includes geometric phases, helical modes of light, optical vortices and quantum interference with correlated photons. He has also been active in developing new undergraduate laboratories and modernizing the physics curriculum. He has actively involved undergraduates in his research, resulting more than 40 undergraduates listed as coauthors in publications and more than 70 listed or participating in conference presentations. He has been chair and organizer of several conferences, outreach workshops, and served as chair and other positions in the New York State Section of the American Physical Society. Memberships past and present include APS, OSA, AAPT, SPIE and CUR. He has also received numerous grants and awards for both research and education innovation.

Selection Committee:

Robert Hallock, Chair, K. Singer, J. Eckert, S. Garg, K. Heller