Alumnus/a of the Year

Every spring, the colleges of the University of Arizona have the opportunity to recognize an outstanding alumnus or alumna, who is then celebrated in the fall Homecoming festivities.

To date, we have honored the following OSC graduates:

2019 Alumnus of the Year: Jannick Rolland-Thompson, PhD 1990

In recognition of her many contributions to the advancement of optics technology and education, the University of Arizona Alumni Association selected Jannick Rolland-Thompson for the 2019 Alumna of the Year Award for the Wyant College of Optical Sciences. Currently a professor of optics and biomedical engineering and professor in the Center for Visual Science at the University of Rochester, Rolland-Thompson earned graduate degrees (MS ’85 and PhD ’90) from the University of Arizona. This coveted award was presented at a special ceremony on October 31, 2019 as part of the University’s homecoming celebrations.



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