Awards

Academic Fellowships


2012: Induction as Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE)


Academic Memberships

Member of the German Physical Society (DPG)

Member of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)

Member of the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE)

Senior Member of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society


IEEE Honors & Awards


2006: 1st place (World Champion) of the IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation (CEC) International “Huygens Probe“ Optimization Competition, held at the IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence (WCCI) 2006 in Vancouver, BC, Canada from July 16-21, 2006



NASA Honors & Awards

2010: NASA Patent Award for “Inverse Tomographic Approach to Create Arbitrary Sidewall Geometries in 3D using LiGA Technologies”


2010: NASA Patent Award for “Automated objective characterization of visual field defects in 3D”


2010: NASA Patent Award for “Multi-agent autonomous system and method (3/3)”

2010: NASA Patent Award for “Multi-agent autonomous system (2/3)”


2010: NASA Patent Award “Optically powered and optically data-transmitting wireless intraocular pressure sensor device”


2009: NASA Patent Award for “Multi-agent autonomous system (1/3)”



2009: NASA Board Award for “Field-Deployable Integrated Air-Ground Multi-Agent Autonomous Remote Planetary Surface Exploration”
 

   
2006: NASA Techbrief Award for “Spectral retrieval and degeneracy analysis by means of Evolutionary Computational Methods (ECM)“, Terrile, Fink et al.


2006: NASA Techbrief Award for “Stochastic Evolutionary Algorithms (Simulated Annealing) for Deployment Path Planning & Optimization for Joint-based Robotic Limbs“, Fink et al.


2006: NASA Techbrief Award for “Efficient Optimization of Low-Thrust Spacecraft Trajectories“, Lee, Fink et al.


2006: NASA Techbrief Award for “Evolutionary Computing Methods for Retrieving Spectral Data“, Terrile, Fink et al.


2004: NASA Techbrief Award for “Field-Deployable Integrated Air-Ground Multi-Agent Autonomous Remote Planetary Surface Exploration“, Fink et al.



2002: NASA Space Flight Awareness (SFA) Launch Honoree Award for work in support of NASA’s human spaceflight program



R&D Magazine Honors & Awards

  
2009: Co-winner of R&D Magazine’s R&D 100 Editors’ Choice Award 2009 for the DOE-funded Artificial Retina Project


2009: Co-winner of R&D Magazine’s R&D 100 Award for the DOE-funded Artificial Retina Project


Other Honors & Awards

2016: Recipient of University Excellence in STEM Diversity Award: "This award honors a member of the University community (e.g., faculty, staff, reserach) who has gone above and beyond in encouraging interest and diversity in STEM fields."

2016: Elected Senator of the Faculty Senate of the University of Arizona

2015: Named da Vinci Fellow for “innovative, productive and highly recognized engineering research," which is amongst the highest awards recognizing scholarly achievements in the College of Engineering, University of Arizona, recognized with a one-time grant of $10,000

2014: Led University of Arizona NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers) Chapter to take 1st place at a national NSBE Undergraduate Technical Research Competition for robotic pipeline inspection in March at the NSBE 40th Annual Convention in Nashville, TN


2011: "Thank You Note" from Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Research and Technology) Marilyn Millter Freeman for participating and presenting at the 27th Army Science Conference 2010 in Orlando, Florida


2009: Letter of Recognition from California State Senator Carol Liu for co-winning the prestigious R&D Magazine's R&D 100 and R&D 100 Editors' Choice Awards

2005: Silver Award, awarded to the Evolutionary Computation Group at JPL, for demonstrating Human Competitive Performance (Humie Award) for “Evolutionary Computational Techniques for the Automated Design of Space Systems” from the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO) held in Washington DC.


1997: Ph.D.-degree in Theoretical Physics, summa cum laude, Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of Tübingen, Germany


 

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