San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, California, United States
19 - 23 August 2018
Professional Development Events
Working in a Multicultural Environment
Date: Monday 20 August 2018
Time: 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM
Location: Marriott Marquis, Cardiff
Working in a multicultural environment

The objective of the workshop is to leave a lasting impression on optics and photonics students and academics to better understand how to effectively communicate across cultures and achieve more productive outcomes, through better engagement and goal definition that is easily understandable by a team.


Instructor
Orlando Torres Perales is originally from Mexico but has studied and worked in Germany since 2014, most recently at Nanoscribe GmbH.

Note: This course is free to technical attendees. No advance registration required.
Career Choices Panel Discussion
Date: Sunday 19 August 2018
Time: 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Location: Marriott Marquis, Marina Ballroom G
Open to all Students and Early Career Professionals

What are the critical career choices and decisions that face new graduates in optics and photonics? What are some strategies for navigating the transition from student to professional or academia to industry? Get a perspective from our panelists in this wide-ranging discussion.

Panelists
Nishant Mohan, Wasatch Photonics, USA

Cathy Jan, Intel, USA

Rosario Porras-Aguilar, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA

Orlando Torres Perales, Nanoscribe GmbH, Germany
Think Like an Entrepreneur
Date: Sunday 19 August 2018
Time: 10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: Marriott Marquis, Marina Ballroom F
Have you ever wondered if something you’ve developed in the lab could be the basis for a business?

This full-day workshop and networking event brings experienced photonics entrepreneurs and specialists together with people who need to demystify the process of starting their own venture using light-based technologies.

Experienced entrepreneurs and trainers will introduce foundational concepts of entrepreneurship to optics & photonics researchers so that they understand the different mindsets and networks they may need to be successful with a business venture. These mindsets are important whether you are building a business from nothing or trying to introduce a new product in an existing company. Explore the diverse skills and demands needed to do modern product development.

  • Think like a Founder – Starting something from nothing
  • Think like a Customer – What will solve their real problems
  • Think like a CEO – Building a team
  • Think like a VC – Financing teams, getting a payoff
  • Think like a Manufacturer – Prototyping, building lean, selling it quickly

  • A networking lunch is provided with the workshop purchase. Registration for the event is required. Please see the Course page for WS1250 to register.

    Instructor: Farzin Samadani has a diverse background in business and technology. As co-founder of Curious Me, LLC, he provides business modeling and advisory services for early stage startups. Farzin is also a member of the national teaching faculty of the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (NSF I-Corps) program and part of the teaching team of Innovation Node-Los Angeles, serving as instructor for various entrepreneurship programs such as Hacking 4 Defense. Farzin’s education is in Business Management and Accounting from the University of Maryland.



    Mentor: Ryan Shelton is the co-founder and CEO of PhotoniCare, a company using OCT to diagnose middle ear diseases non-invasively. Ryan's background is in optical imaging, optical coherence tomography, microscopy, photoacoustic imaging, and handheld instrument design.



    Mentor: Nabiha Saklayen is the co-founder and CEO of Cellino, a company building nano-patterned surfaces to enable better gene-editing capabilities for cells. Nabiha is the leader of several initiatives to raise to profile of women in STEM and was recently name one of MIT Technology Review's 35 Under 35.

    Mentor: Jeffrey Morris is a Solutions Engineer at Edmund Optics with over 5 years of industry experience in various roles. In his current role he specializes in custom optics and designing for manufacturability. At Edmund Optics, he has authored technical papers on various topics including tele-centric illumination, and diffractive & GRIN achromatic components.

    Professional Development Speaker Series
    Date: Sunday 19 August 2018
    Time: 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    Location: Marriott Marquis, Mission Hills and Balboa
    Open to all Students and Early Career Professionals

    Join us for exciting break-out sessions focusing on career and professional skills development. Come ready to share your thoughts and ideas!

    10:30 - 11:20am
    Balboa Room

    Working efficiently during your PhD
    Jean-luc Doumont, Principiae

    10:30 - 11:20am
    Mission Hills Room

    Writing an Impactful Manuscript for Publication
    Maryellen Giger, The Univ. of Chicago, SPIE President


    11:30am - 12:20pm
    Balboa Room

    Employing Your Strengths: Identifying Them and Getting Them Hired
    Iwonka Palusinski, Aerospace


    11:30am - 12:20pm
    Mission Hills Room

    Capturing Audience Attention
    Tatjana Pladere, Univ. of Latvia
    Making the Most of Your Presentation
    Date: Sunday 19 August 2018
    Time: 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM
    Location: Marriott Marquis, Balboa
    WS897

    Course Level: Introductory
    Continuing Education Units (CEU): 0.4 Available upon request.

    Oral presentation skills are a key to success for researchers and professionals alike. This course offers a no-nonsense approach to preparing and giving presentations, with a particular focus on structure, slides, and delivery. It also offers tips on how to manage the nervousness associated with speaking in public.

    Learning Outcomes
    This course will enable you to:
    • organize your material into an effective structure
    • create slides that get the message across
    • deliver your presentation effectively, both verbally and nonverbally

    Intended Audience
    This course is intended for anyone who must prepare and give oral presentations about his or her research work. Both novice and experienced speakers can expect to gain a lot from it.

    Instructor
    Jean-luc Doumont runs lectures and workshops in scientific communication, pedagogy, critical thinking, and more for engineers, scientists, and other rational minds. He is an engineer from the University of Louvain and a doctor in applied physics from Stanford University. Articulate, entertaining, and thought-provoking, he is a popular invited speaker at top-notch universities and research centers worldwide.

    Note: This course is free to technical attendees. No advance registration required.
    Structuring Your Research Paper
    Date: Monday 20 August 2018
    Time: 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    Location: Marriott Marquis, Balboa
    WS908

    Course Level: Introductory
    Continuing Education Units (CEU): 0.4 Available upon request.

    Strong writing skills are a key to success for researchers and professionals alike. This course discusses how to structure research papers, dissertations, and other reports effectively at all levels to get the readers’ attention, facilitate navigation, and thus get the message across optimally to their audiences.

    Learning Outcomes
    This course will enable you to:
    • create an effective abstract, introduction, and conclusion
    • organize your material into an accessible structure
    • construct paragraphs that get the message across

    Intended Audience
    This course is intended for anyone who must write or edit technical documents in general and research papers in particular. Both novice and experienced authors can expect to gain a lot from it.

    Instructor
    Jean-luc Doumont runs lectures and workshops in scientific communication, pedagogy, critical thinking, and more for engineers, scientists, and other rational minds. He is an engineer from the University of Louvain and a doctor in applied physics from Stanford University. Articulate, entertaining, and thought-provoking, he is a popular invited speaker at top-notch universities and research centers worldwide.

    Note: This course is free to technical attendees. No advance registration required.
    Conveying Messages with Graphs
    Date: Monday 20 August 2018
    Time: 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM
    Location: Marriott Marquis, Balboa
    WS1202

    Course Level: Introductory
    Continuing Education Units (CEU): 0.40 Available upon request.

    Widely used in research and development to analyze and communicate data, graphical displays are still poorly mastered by researchers (and popular software does not helps). This course discusses how to create more effective graphs—graphs that are truly visual, are truthful to the data, and get the message across.

    Learning Outcomes
    This course will enable you to:
    • select the right graph for a given data set and a given research question
    • optimize this graph to make it intuitive and to reveal the data
    • phrase a caption that gets the message across

    Intended Audience
    This course is intended for anyone who must create graphs for written documents or oral presentations. Both novice and experienced authors/speakers can expect to gain a lot from it.

    Instructor
    Jean-luc Doumont runs lectures and workshops in scientific communication, pedagogy, critical thinking, and more for engineers, scientists, and other rational minds. He is an engineer from the University of Louvain and a doctor in applied physics from Stanford University. Articulate, entertaining, and thought-provoking, he is a popular invited speaker at top-notch universities and research centers worldwide.

    Note: This course is free to technical attendees. No advance registration required.
    Resumes to Interviews: Strategies for a Successful Job Search
    Date: Monday 20 August 2018
    Time: 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
    Location: Marriott Marquis, Mission Hills
    WS1059

    Course Level: Introductory
    Continuing Education Units (CEU): 0.2 Available upon request.

    This course reviews effective strategies and techniques for a successful job search such as: compiling resumes, writing cover letters, and interviewing tips. The primary goal of the course is to provide creative and proven techniques for new college graduates and professionals to plan and conduct their job search and secure a job. Creative and comprehensive job search techniques will be discussed as well as actual resume and interviewing examples and tips. Anyone who is getting ready to enter the work force who wants to answer questions such as, "when and how do I start my job search?," "what kind of cover letter and resume gets noticed?" or "how do I sell myself in an interview?" will benefit from taking this course.

    Learning Outcomes
    This course will enable you to:
    • start and create your job search plan
    • create an online networking presence
    • build and write effective cover letters and resumes that get noticed
    • avoid common resume and cover letter mistakes
    • interview with confidence

    Intended Audience
    Graduate students, new graduates, and early-career professionals who wish to learn more about creating a job search plan, writing an effective cover letter and resume that gets you noticed, and techniques for successful interviews.

    Instructor
    Heather Welch has been in human resources and corporate recruiting for more than 20 years. She has extensive experience with both in-house corporate environments as well as outside agency environments. Heather is currently the Sr. Recruiter for DRS Daylight Solutions in San Diego, and also a member of SHRM, IEEE, and SWE.

    Note: This course is free to technical attendees. No advance registration required. This workshop presents introductory information and is intended primarily for university students and others with little professional experience. The workshop is scheduled for two hours plus there will be some time afterwards for questions.
    Essential Skills for a Career in Industry
    Date: Tuesday 21 August 2018
    Time: 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    Location: Conv. Ctr. Room 23C
    WS1240

    Course Level: Introductory
    Continuing Education Units (CEU): 0.4 Available upon request.

    Working in industry is very different than academia. An advanced degree in science and engineering gives you many technical skills that are valuable in the private sector, but there are a lot of important aspects of working in a company that aren’t taught in school. This course gives you the industry primer you need.

    The course will start with an overview of the five most important ways that working in industry is different than the academic research environment STEM graduate students are trained in. Next, we will cover five habits that scientists and engineers who are successful in industry learn quickly. We will also cover some basics of company finance, how projects are managed in industry, and some tricks for keeping your projects on schedule.

    Learning Outcomes
    After completing this course, attendees will be able to
    • describe five ways that technical work in industry is different than academic research
    • list the five habits that scientists and engineers who are successful in industry learn quickly
    • explain a corporate financial statement and point out where engineering/R&D fits into the profit model
    • describe why making decisions quickly is so important in industry, and explain a new technique for making a decision when the 'right' answer is not clear
    • list the key elements of a typical industry development project, and describe tactics for keeping it on schedule


    Intended Audience
    This course is intended for graduate students in science and engineering programs who are looking to pursue careers in industry. Scientists and engineers who are already working in industry and want to accelerate their career progress will also find this course very helpful.

    Instructors
    David M. Giltner is the author of the book Turning Science into Things People Need, and is an internationally recognized speaker and mentor for early career scientists and engineers seeking careers in industry. He has spent the last 20 years commercializing photonics technologies in a variety of roles for several companies including JDS Uniphase and Ball Aerospace. Through his time in the private sector, David learned how to function well in both highly technical and business circles, and has often functioned as an interpreter to help these two words communicate more productively. David has a BS and PhD in physics and holds six patents in the fields of laser spectroscopy and optical communications.

    Note: This course is free to technical attendees. No advance registration required.
    Job Fair - Monday
    Date: Tuesday 21 August 2018
    Time: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Location: Conv. Ctr. Sails Pavilion, Exhibition Hall
    Top Employers are Coming Together to Interview and Hire Candidates at Optics + Photonics 2018
    Whether you are looking for employees or looking for a job, this is your chance to connect with the best.

    Meet 25 recruiters on the exhibit floor Find out more and see current companies
    Job Fair - Tuesday
    Date: Wednesday 22 August 2018
    Time: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Location: Conv. Ctr. Sails Pavilion, Exhibition Hall
    Top Employers are Coming Together to Interview and Hire Candidates at Optics + Photonics 2018
    Whether you are looking for employees or looking for a job, this is your chance to connect with the best.

    Meet 25 recruiters on the exhibit floor
    Career Exploration Laboratory
    Date: Monday 20 August 2018
    Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Location: Marriott Marquis, Cardiff
    Take the time to explore and answer critical questions about your career. What motivates you? What is your unique value? How can you break down barriers that affect your career? Build skills that will help move your career in a positive direction through a series of exercises and discussions on finding meaning in career pathways.



    Facilitator
    Dirk Fabian, Community Lead, SPIE, has been helping optics & photonics students get equipped for their career transitions for over a decade.

    Note: This course is free to technical attendees. No advance registration required.
    Critical Skills for Compelling Research Proposals
    Date: Monday 20 August 2018
    Time: 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location: Marriott Marquis, Catalina
    Most grant proposals are rejected because of a weak research plan, not the research project. In this freewheeling, interactive workshop, attendees learn how to build quality proposals from the bottom up by using basic tools of project management. By the end of the workshop attendees will learn how to:
    • Align research objectives to the funding opportunity
    • Develop a research plan with clear objectives
    • Structure the proposal for clarity
    • Choose effective illustrations and figures
    This course is intended for all scientists and engineers seeking to improve the quality of their research proposals. No advance sign-up is required.



    Instructor
    Damon Diehl is the founder and owner of Diehl Research Grant Services. He has a Ph.D. in optical engineering from the University of Rochester Institute of Optics and a B.A. in physics from the University of Chicago. His class is based on nineteen years of academic and industrial research experience.
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