ECE Student Awarded SPIE Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship

Hao Liu has been awarded a 2021 Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, for his potential contributions to the field of optics, photonics or related field.

Liu is a PhD candidate in Fang Lu Mesoscopic Optics and Quantum Electronics Laboratory, in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at University of California, Los Angeles (USA), under the supervision of Prof. Chee Wei Wong. Liu is currently working on frequency microcomb in Si3N4 microresonator. His research interests involve frequency microcomb’s ultrafast dynamics study and frequency comb applications in spectroscopy, telecommunication, ranging and biosensing.

In 2021, the Society is awarding $298,000 in education scholarships to 78 outstanding SPIE student members, based on their potential contribution to optics and photonics, or a related discipline. Award-winning applicants were evaluated, selected and approved by the SPIE Scholarship Committee, Chaired by SPIE volunteer Kate Medicus.

Through 2020, SPIE has distributed over $6 million dollars in individual scholarships. This ambitious effort reflects the Society’s commitment to education and to the next generation of optical scientists and engineers around the world.

To view other 2021 press releases as they become available go to the 2021 Scholarship Winners page or learn more about SPIE scholarships on

SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics, an educational not-for-profit organization founded in 1955 to advance light-based science, engineering, and technology. The Society serves more than 255,000 constituents from 183 countries, offering conferences and their published proceedings, continuing education, books, journals, and the SPIE Digital Library. In 2020, SPIE provided more than $5 million in community support including scholarships and awards, outreach and advocacy programs, travel grants, public policy, and educational resources.

This article was originally published as a press release written by Stacey Crockett, Media Relations Coordinator at SPIE.