Distinguished Service Award
Physics and Astronomy
Lui Lam, professor of physics and astronomy, received the Distinguished Service Award for exemplary service at San Jose State University. Lam is credited with inventing bowlics, the third classification of liquid crystal molecule, and developing science matters (“scimat”), a multidiscipline which contextualizes science in terms of humanities and complex systems. In 1990, he established the International Liquid Crystal Society, a professional association for scientists and academics engaged in the field. Throughout his career, Lam made San Jose State the destination for physicists and academics to share research, discuss real-world applications and connect students to potential employers. Both the Nonlinear Science conference series and the Institute for Modern Optics, which he helped establish, created additional research and job opportunities for students.