Kenichi Iga, Honorary Professor/Former President of Tokyo Institute of Technology received the 2022 Wiley-IEEE Press Professional Book Award. This award is granted in recognition of excellent technical books published by Wiley-IEEE Press. The subject of the award is “VCSEL Industry: Communications and Sensing,” a specialized book on surface-emitting lasers published in 2021 with Honorary Professor Iga as one of the authors (Babu Dayal Padullaparthi, Jim Taum, and Kenichi Iga).
The award ceremony was held at the International Conference on Semiconductor Lasers (ISLC2022), held in Matsue City in Shimane Prefecture, Japan, on October 18th, 2022. Dr. Akihiko Kasukawa, General Chair of ISLC2022 that is technically sponsored by IEEE, presented a commemorative plaque on behalf of IEEE. After the ceremony, Honorary Professor Iga gave an IEEE Edison Medal commemorative lecture and during his talk he expressed appreciation for receiving the Book Award.
Comment from Honorary Professor Kenichi Iga
This book is the product of a recommendation by the IEEE Communications Society. The three authors living in the United States, Hong Kong, and Japan began preparations for the book in 2020, just when COVID-19 was spreading around the world. This prevented us from meeting face-to-face. We held many remote editorial meetings, and thoroughly discussed both the chapters we were assigned as well as each other’s writing. I think this writing project actually benefited from being done remotely. And after about two years, we managed to get it published in December 2021.
Taking into consideration that the surface-emitting laser I invented has reached the stage of industrialization and is spreading all over the world, the content has been written for industrial professionals rather than academics. This is an easy-to-read B5-size (extended version) 323-page book with many photographs provided by specialist companies. An electronic version is also available for international access.