Posts By: René-Jean Essiambre

April 2022

I would like to thank you for your continued readership of the Society’s Newsletter, and its April issue for 2022. Now a quarter into the year, the Society is busy implementing goals and the planning for many of our conferences are underway, which are set …

International Science Leaders Launch a Global Pledge to Trust Science

A central message of the International Day of Light 2021 will encourage the public expression of confidence in the scientific process. For this year’s International Day of Light celebration on 16 May, the International Day of Light Steering Committee announced the launch of the Trust Science pledge, a worldwide campaign to promote support for the scientific process and to acknowledge the many benefits of science for society.

Get to Know Your Leadership: Thomas Clark

Leaders are the building stone of any society or nation, and the same goes for the IEEE Photonics Society. We valued and recognized our leaders’ contribution to improving the IPS society and had an impact worldwide. This column intends to highlight our society’s leaders who have truly made a positive impact in the community. This issue focuses on Thomas Clark, Ph.D., who serves as a Chair of the IEEE Photonics Society Education Committee.

LASER-TEC Spotlight: A Focus on Optics & Photonics Technician Development

A new group of laser-photonics technicians and community college students will be graduating at the end of the spring semester and summer months, infusing new talent into the photonics advanced technology industry. National consortia groups, like Center for Laser and Fiber Optics Education (LASER-TEC), invite hiring managers to recruit students and arrange tours to visit prospective employers, in-person and virtually.

International Day of Light: Celebrating ‘Light Alumni’ & Volunteer Contributions

ince planning began for the International Year of Light (IYL) in 2009, thousands of volunteers have helped organize events and conduct outreach around the world. In celebration of the International Day of Light (IDL), the inaugural day that formed from the success of IYL, this year the IDL Steering Committee profiled some of the wonderful and committed volunteers who dedicated their activities, careers, and time to widen International Day of Light community’s reach.

Life at a Photonics Startup: Lessons Learned
Manufacturing Integrated Photonics or – So You Want to Be an Entrepreneur? Part 2: Production Is Not Development

Part 2 of last month’s Industry Engagement. The repetition of production processes is typically driven by economics and the confidence of the development cycle, not the next novel feature or cool science. Most development engineers seek to change the product or service and implement new capability or new designs. Production engineers seek to satisfy the minimum requirements necessary to create the most product, at the highest yield, in the least time interval, while meeting quality specifications established by customer requirements or development engineering. Good manufacturing engineers have a sense of profit and loss and know that production velocity can keep inventory and work-in-process, (WIP), low for better financial results. Good development engineers understand the customer requirements and schedules established by marketing and business development along with a deep knowledge of the technology available to improve the function and cost of the product line.

Iluminando el Futuro–STEM Initiative for Latin America

Every year, universities worldwide open their doors to international students to join their research programs. Thousands of students move from one country to another with the dream to pursue higher education and increase their career opportunities. As a result, universities are cultural hubs that gather students and researchers from different backgrounds, who provide a diverse and enriching environment while embracing newcomers with their institutional values and culture. For PhD programs in Europe, students can participate in public engagement and outreach activities, a practice that is becoming highly encouraged and, in some cases, is required. Many research projects, funded with public funds from national science organizations, are required to keep the public informed about their work and research findings through public engagement activities. Moreover, the culture of science dissemination is part of university life, and it can also be led by student societies or university organizations that are not linked to specific research funds. Students join these projects as part of their professional development, gaining skills to engage with the general public.