Andrew Weiner

Andrew Weiner, the Scifres Family Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is the 2013 recipient of the Herbert Newby McCoy Award, the most prestigious research honor in the natural sciences given by Purdue University.

Weiner and his team have shown how to finely control the spectral and temporal properties of ultrafast light pulses, a step toward creating advanced sensors, more powerful communications technologies and more precise laboratory instruments.

“As a result of Professor Weiner’s work, pulse shaping is now used in ultrafast optics laboratories around the world,” says Richard Buckius, Purdue’s vice president for research. “His discoveries have influenced research in fields ranging from quantum control to high-speed light-wave communications.”

The McCoy Award, established in 1964 by Ethel Terry McCoy in memory of her husband, is presented annually to a Purdue student or faculty member for outstanding contributions to the natural sciences. The winner is nominated by colleagues and selected by faculty representatives and the University president.