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Peter John Rodrigo, a researcher of the Optical Sensor Technology group of the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) Fotonik, is the recipient of the 2012 Danish Optical Society (DOPS) Prize. The recognition, according the DOPS website, is given “to young researchers, development engineer or other person who has made an extraordinary effort in the optical field.”

Peter was chosen based on his work on wind lidar and his previous research in optical trapping. His different papers on optical trapping have been featured in Optical Society of America’s Optics and Photonics News as one of the most exciting optics research for 2003, 2004, and 2005.

Currently, he is working on semiconductor laser-based wind lidar that can remotely measure wind velocity and direction accurately. The technology developed in their work is now being commercialized by a DTU Fotonik start-up company, Windar Photonics A/S.

Peter received a diploma and cash prize during the DOPS annual meeting and the Northern Optics conference held last 19-21 November 2012 in Snekkersten, Denmark.

Peter obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the National Institute of Physics, University of the Philippines Diliman and his Doctor of Philosophy degree from the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen.

“The future cannot be predicted, but futures can be invented,“ Peter quotes Dennis Gabor, the inventor of the Holographic technique, on where he finds motivation as an aspiring scientist and inventor.

The Danish Optical Society is the most important professional organization devoted to Denmark’s activities on scientific and technical aspects of optics.

DOPS prize recipient (right) and DOPS chairman Lars René Lindvold (taken from www.fotonik.dtu.dk)

DOPS prize recipient (right) and DOPS chairman Lars René Lindvold (taken from http://www.fotonik.dtu.dk)

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