Biomedical engineering wins SPIE scholarship in optics and photonics

Photo of Esteban CarbajalEsteban Carbajal, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, was awarded a 2012 Scholarship in Optics and Photonics by SPIE, the International Society for Optics and Photonics, for his potential contributions to the field of optics, photonics or related field.

Esteban Carbajal is a second-year Ph.D. student and a research assistant, working under the supervision of Dr. Brian E. Applegate. His research focus is on the design of optical coherence tomography imaging systems for robust biomedical applications. His current project, in collaboration with Rice University and Stanford Medical School, aims at viewing inner ear structures for early detection of hearing loss in U.S. soldiers.

He has received several scholarships in addition to the SPIE award. In 2011, Carbajal was honored with the Bridge to Doctorate Fellowship and Sloan Research Fellowship in recognition of distinguished performance and contribution to his field.

Esteban said he will use the scholarship award to participate in a biophotonics workshop to expand his research focus and understanding of specialized optics.

SPIE awarded $350,000 in scholarships to 140 outstanding individuals, based on their potential contribution to optics and photonics. SPIE scholarships are open to full and part-time students studying anywhere in the world, and SPIE judges all applications on their own merit based on the experience an education level of the individual student. More information on these scholarships and SPIE may be found at SPIE.ORG.