Happy 2022! In the new year, there are many new happenings in the IEEE Photonics Society. First off, I’d like
to welcome our new Society president, René-Jean Essiambre! We’re excited to have René at the helm, and we
look forward to his leadership over the next two years. Please be sure to check out his first President’s Column
for his inaugural Newsletter message to the community. Speaking of Society presidents, we’re privileged to
have a special contribution from past-president, Robert Bartolini. Over 40 years ago, Dr. Bartolini started
the very first Newsletter for the IEEE Photonics Society (then known as the IEEE Quantum Electronics and Application
Society, or QEAS). Dr. Bartolini, in his piece, reflects on that time of the early QEAS, its evolution, and the bigger picture of the advances in technology and photonics. It gives a great sense of our heritage as both a professional society and a scientific field.