San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, California, United States
28 August - 1 September 2016
Professional Development Events
Career Choices Panel Discussion
Date: Sunday 28 August 2016
Time: 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Open to all Students and Early Career Professionals

Career Choices Panel Discussion

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? Get a perspective from our panelists in this wide-ranging discussion.
Professional Development Speaker Series
Date: Sunday 28 August 2016
Time: 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
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


Working efficiently during your PhD
Jean-luc Doumont, Principiae
Unless you know how to squeeze more than 24 hours in a day, you are probably open to advice on how to achieve more in the time you have. Rather than adding to the long lists of tips already available elsewhere, this lecture proposes a simple but solid framework to help you decide what is worth doing (and what is not). It then discusses how to manage your time and space in order to actually do it.


Conducting Successful Outreach
Mike McKee, CREOL
Is it best to give a talk about optics and photonics to K-12 students or should you do more? Learn about the variety of ways to conduct successful outreach to K-12 audiences and what you should do to prepare so students, teachers, and your organization are engaged and asking for more.


11:30am - 12:20pm


Getting Published: How to write a good science paper
Chris Mack, Lithoguru.com, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS, and MOEMS
Publishing is an extremely important part of the process of science, and often an important part of the career of scientists and engineers. But to the early-career author (or student preparing their first publication), the peer-reviewed journal writing and publishing process can be intimidating, and possibly a bit mysterious. What are journal editors and reviewers looking for? What does it take to get your work published? This talk will give answers to these questions and provide resources to help you write better papers and get them published.


Beyond Photonics - build yourself a bright future
James Fisher, Newport Corp
You’ve spent thousands of hours over the past several years becoming experts in the area of Photonics, but how many of you are experts in knowing yourself, what drives you, in what areas you excel and where you need development to achieve your goals. In this session we’ll explore these topics and provide some tools to help you build a brighter future.
Making the Most of your Presentation
Date: Sunday 28 August 2016
Time: 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM
WS897

Course Level: Introductory
Course Length: Half-day (3.5 hours)
Continuing Education Units (CEU): 0.35 Only 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 29 August 2016
Time: 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
WS908

Course Level: Introductory
Course Length: Half-day (3.5 hours)
Continuing Education Units (CEU): 0.35 Only 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 29 August 2016
Time: 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM
WS1202

Course Level: Introductory
Course Length: Half-day (3.5 hours)
Continuing Education Units (CEU): 0.35 Only 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.
Career Advancement through SPIE Involvement
Date: Tuesday 30 August 2016
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Get plugged in to the SPIE community. SPIE has volunteer opportunities at all levels of the organization. Come to this informal session to learn what opportunities best match your interests and career plans.
Critical Skills for Compelling Research Proposals
Date: Wednesday 31 August 2016
Time: 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
WS1058

Course Level: Introductory
Course Length: Half-day (3.5 hours)
Continuing Education Units (CEU): 0.35 Only available upon request.

A successful research proposal requires hundreds of hours of effort, and the stakes are high. Just beginning the process is intimidating. This interactive workshop teaches students to overcome their apprehensions by starting with small steps, building a strong proposal from the inside out.

Learning Outcomes
This course will enable you to:
• align your research goals to the funding opportunity
• develop solid research plans and believable budgets
• communicate your research to a general audience

Intended Audience
This course is intended for all scientists and engineers seeking to improve the quality of their research proposals.

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.

Note: This course is free to technical attendees. No advance registration required.
Resumes to Interviews: Strategies for a Successful Job Search
Date: Wednesday 31 August 2016
Time: 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM
WS1059

Course Level: Introductory
Course Length: Half-day (3.5 hours)
Continuing Education Units (CEU): 0.35 Only 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
Suzanne Krinsky has been in human resources and corporate recruiting for more than 15 years. She has extensive experience with both in-house corporate environments as well as outside agency/consulting environments. Suzanne is currently the Human Resource Director for Daylight Solutions in San Diego, and also a long-time Board member for the Biotech Human Resource Development Coalition (BEDC) and Human Resource Roundtable member.

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.
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