June 2021

It’s hard to believe we’re just about midway through 2021 already. A lot has happened in the past six months, and it looks as if a whole lot more is to come in the next six. I’m sad to say that there have been many …

June 2021

The 2021 conference season is here and as in 2020 our conferences are going virtual. The decision to use a virtual platform was not an easy one. However, due to existing travel restrictions the IEEE Photonics Society decided to offer all of its 2021 conferences …

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.

This Is My Lab — June 2021

In this edition, Uğur Teğin, a Ph.D. student from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), shares his fascination about nonlinear optics as he is approaching the end of his Ph.D. Piotr Winiarz, who is working as a postdoc at Gdańsk University of Technology on electroceramic materials, explains his goal to create a greener future. And Mansoor Ahamed, a Ph.D. student at the Bimberg Chinese-German Center for Green Photonics, works on improving VCSELs for more energy-efficient systems.

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.

Why You Need to Reset Your Relationship with Failure

Sometimes change is forced upon us, like when an idea we’ve proposed gets declined, or we’re faced with layoffs. We may not have control over those situations, but we can determine how we handle those moments when we are the ones who decide whether to hit the stop button.