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Senior Member Nomination Criteria

The SPIE Membership Committee is chartered by the SPIE Board of Directors to solicit, collect, evaluate and recommend an annual class of SPIE Members for promotion to Senior Member. After an extensive evaluation, the Committee presents its recommendation in the form of a written report to the Board of Directors. Based upon these recommendations, individuals are promoted to the rank of Senior Member by a majority vote of the Board of Directors.

According to the bylaws of SPIE, the Board of Directors may confer the grade of Senior Member on a member who is a voting member (not a student member) of the Society for a cumulative period of a minimum of five years and has become distinguished through significant contributions in one or more of the following areas: active involvement with the Society, service to the general optics and photonics community, and contributions in the relevant technologies.  Eligible members may hold the current rank of regular, life, special consideration, or retired member of the Society.

Candidates meeting the above eligibility requirements who are nominated for promotion to the grade of SPIE Senior Member will be evaluated by the Society's Membership Committee according to the following criteria:

Nomination Requirements
In order for the Society to fairly and accurately evaluate an individual's nomination to the grade of Senior Member of the Society, certain types of information will be required. The nominator should ensure that this information is provided. This information can be supplied in any form deemed appropriate but, as a minimum, should include:

1. The SPIE Senior Member Nomination Form that requests input to one or more of the following categories.  No individual is expected to meet all of the criteria listed under each category.

Participation with SPIE: Five years cumulative membership (not Student) within SPIE. The nominee is required to be a regular, life, special consideration, or retired Member at the time of nomination.

Technical accomplishments:

  • Evidence of significant technical accomplishments or responsibilities
  • Publication of technical papers, books or inventions
  • Technical direction or management of important scientific or engineering work
  • Significant entrepreneurial or management activities in the optics and photonics industry
  • Significant contributions as an educator in the field of optics and photonics

Significant performance that would serve to qualify an individual for elevation to Senior Member need not have occurred in the years immediately prior to the application. Thus, life and retired members are eligible for elevation.

Contributions to SPIE and the optics community:

  • Service to SPIE by involvement in conferences, exhibits, publications, committee participation, Society governance, or as an SPIE instructor
  • Service to the community through volunteer work in schools and science fairs, working as an educator, making contributions to the industrial community and or government agencies, contributions to the international cooperation or service to other societies in related fields
  • Recognized contributions to the welfare of the scientific or engineering profession

2. A curriculum vitae or résumé including (as available):

  • Educational history
  • Work experience
  • Publications
  • Awards
  • Honors
  • Patents

3. Nomination Support and Letters of Recommendation
SPIE members may nominate themselves or other individuals as candidates for SPIE Senior Member status. If a person nominates themselves, then two colleagues must second the nomination by providing letters of recommendation (at least one must be a SPIE Member). If another Member makes the nomination, then one colleague must second the nomination by providing a letter of recommendation.  A nomination cover letter from the nominator may also serve as a support letter.

The Membership Committee will notify all nominators, in writing, of their acceptance or other action being taken in regard to the individual nominee being considered.

All nomination materials must be submitted to SPIE by 15 March of the given year, allowing for the submission of nomination support materials until 1 April.

In the event that a nominee is not chosen as a Senior Member of the Society the first time he or she is nominated, the next two consecutive committees automatically consider him or her for Senior Member. Nominators are encouraged to update or add to the nomination materials, if appropriate, prior to the next year's deadline.

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