Honors and Awards


2017                Royal Photographic Society Award for Scientific Imaging 2012 Paul Harris Fellow, Florence Rotary Club


2011                Honored  Alumnus of the 2011 UCSD Alumni Celebration: 50 Years/50 Leaders


2010                Best Article Award for the Peer-reviewed paper “Tangible Interfaces for Art Restoration,”  IGI Global’s Fourth Annual Excellence in Research Journal Awards


2009                Laurea Honoris Causa: “Doctor in Letters,”  McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada


2009                Keynote speaker for the Spring Convocation Address for the Faculty of Humanities, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada


2009            Participation upon invitation in the first National Science Foundation/Andrew W. Mellon Foundation sponsored workshop on "Chemistry and Materials Research at the Interface between Science and Art," Arlington, VA


2009                Awarded the Filippo Mazzei Prize “The Bridge,” by the American University of Rome


2008                Alumnus of the Year, Jacobs School of Engineering, University of California, San Diego


2008-2012        National Geographic Society Fellow


2007                Appointed Scientific Director for “The Battle of Anghiari” research project, by the Italian Minister of Cultural Heritage, Francesco Rutelli


2007                Alumnus of the year 2006, Alumni Association, University of California, San Diego


2005                Professional Achievement Award, Department of Bio-engineering, University of California, San Diego