CREWS student Riley Logan receives 2021 John Kiel Scholarship from SPIE

19/05/21 by madison
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Press release via SPIE

Riley Logan has been awarded the 2021 John Kiel Scholarship by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, for his potential contributions to the field of optics and optical engineering.

Logan is a Ph.D. student at Montana State University in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. He works in the Optical Remote Sensor Laboratory under the supervision of Dr. Joseph A. Shaw. His technical interests lie primarily in the fields of optical remote sensing and polarization. Logan currently researches the use and development of remote sensing techniques, such as airborne hyperspectral imaging, to assess water quality in contaminated waterways. He currently serves as the President of the SPIE Student Chapter at Montana State University.

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.