TWO NEW AWARDS WERE INTRODUCED IN 2021
This award will replace the current AILU Life Membership that has historically been given to AILU Award winners. Existing life members will become Fellows of AILU. One new Fellow will be awarded at each ILAS starting in 2021
(AILU Award winners will automatically become AILU Fellows).
This award recognises an individual who has made an outstanding lifetime contribution to the industrial use of lasers in the UK
The 2021 AILU FELLOWSHIP AWARD was presented to Lin Li, University of Manchester.
This is presented to an individual or company (from academia or from industry) who has developed a new method, application, device or product that has enabled a significant advance in laser or applications technology.
The 2021 AILU INNOVATION AWARD was presented to SPI Lasers (now TRUMPF) and was accepted by Jack Gabzdyl (TRUMPF).
Honouring pioneers: The AILU Award
Encouraging the UK´s young Engineers: The AILU Young UK Laser Engineer's Prize
Recognising an outstanding ambassador who introduced laser technology to people outside the laser community: The AILU Ambassador Award.
The first recipient of this award in 2019 was John Marshall MBE, inventor and holder of the grandfather patent on the use of excimer lasers for refractive corrective eye surgery, as well as the use of diode lasers for treating age-related effects of diabetes and glaucoma.
The AILU International Award was presented to an individual who provided outstanding support to AILU over many years.