Medical Imaging Researcher, Optical Equipment Industry Leader Selected for High Honors by SPIE

… substantial contributions, outstanding service ….

Ken Hanson, a medical imaging research scientist at Los Alamos National Lab (LANL), and Brian Lula, president of Physik Instrumente USA, have been selected as this year’s recipients of two top awards from SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics.

The two have been invited along with other honorees to accept their awards at a banquet in San Diego, California, on 9 August during SPIE Optics + Photonics.

Hanson is receiving the 2017 SPIE Directors’ Award in recognition of substantial contributions to SPIE Medical Imaging and advances in medical image quality, restoration, and 3D reconstruction techniques.

Hanson served as SPIE Medical Imaging symposium chair from 2002 to 2004, on the program committee for the Imaging Processing conference from 1984 to 1995, and as the chair of that conference from 1996-2001.

An accomplished photographer, he has provided a rich legacy for the community through chronicling the symposium in that medium for more than 30 years.

Hanson has worked at LANL since 1975, including more than 20 years in the Dynamic Testing Division where he co-developed the Bayes Inference Engine, the principal analysis tool for quantitative interpretation of dynamic radiographs and introduced other innovations such as new approaches to assess the uncertainties in simulation codes for the verification and validation of simulations.

Although officially retired from LANL in 2016, he continues a guest scientist in the geophysics group, working on improving ultrasound breast imaging.

Hanson also shared his expertise by developing LaTeX templates for digital publication of SPIE proceedings and journals and by teaching an SPIE course on how to write for…

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