H. Angus Macleod Scholarship Funded by VIAVI Solutions, Inc.

Angus Macleod

Dr. H. Angus Macleod was famously known for his book on Thin-Film Optical Filters, and later formed the Thin Film Center, a company he established to advance the commercial adoption and implementation of thin-film design software.

At the University of Arizona, Professor Macleod mentored a whole generation of students who would become foundational contributors as the field exploded with interest and applications that span laser systems, spectroscopy, displays, wavelength-multiplexed optical communications, and more.

This scholarship is made possible by the generosity of VIAVI Solutions Inc. to honor the life work of Dr. H. Angus Macleod.

VIAVI Solutions Inc. is a global provider of network test, monitoring and assurance solutions for communications service providers, enterprises, network equipment manufacturers, government and avionics. VIAVI Solutions is also a leader in light management solutions for 3D sensing, anti-counterfeiting, consumer electronics, industrial, automotive, and defense applications.

Two recipients will be selected annually, each receiving a $10,000 scholarship.


Recipient must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident and successfully enrolled in The University of Arizona Wyant College of Optical Sciences graduate studies program, pursuing a Masters or PhD degree. 

Applicants should also have a demonstrated interest in one or more of the following areas of research: 

  • E-M Theory
  • Polarization Optics
  • Nonlinear Photonic Devices and Materials
  • Thin Film Devices
  • Light Shaping Optics/ Non-Imaging Optics


  • Justina Bonaventura
  • Jeffrey Chen
  • Emil Varghese

  • Derek Burrell
  • Gregory Nero