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SPIE Singapore FOCUS workshop connects students with industry leaders


12 July 2012

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SPIE President Eustace Dereniak, above, was among speakers at the inaugural FOCUS conference in Singapore this month.

BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA, and SINGAPORE -- High-level talks on laser medicine, advanced imaging, optical measurement, and  laser markets complemented by visits with industry leaders and university mentors will highlight the inaugural FOCUS student leadership workshop sponsored by SPIE and the Optics and Photonics Society of Singapore (OPSS) and supported by Edmund Optics. The event is organized by the SPIE Singapore Student chapter and takes place 11-13 July at the Nanyang Technological University.

The FOCUS conference grant program was established to provide SPIE student leaders with funds to organize regional student leadership workshops that features significant, non-technical professional development opportunities. Two grants will be awarded by SPIE each year, and chapters are encouraged although not required to collaborate in the organization of the conference.

Edmund Optics' support is part of the company's Building Bridges between Education and Industry initiative, and includes funding travel for two students from Beijing to attend as well as a presentation by Amber Czajkowski, Coating Manager for Edmund Optics Singapore.

Other speakers will include:

  • John Ambroseo, President and CEO of Coherent
  • SPIE President Eustace Dereniak, College of Optical Sciences, University of Arizona
  • Andrew Hawryluk, Senior Vice President and CTO of Ultratech
  • Kunio Awazu, Osaka University
  • Hiroshi Yoshikawa, Nihon University
  • David Brady, Duke University
  • Perry Ping Shum, Nanyang Technological University
  • Jean-luc Doumont, professional development trainer
  • Chee Kai Chua, School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engingeering, Nanyang Technological University
  • Chuangui Zhu, Sunny Instruments Singapore, representing OPSS
  • Andrew Brown, SPIE Director of Global Business Development.

During the conference, Dereniak will present SPIE scholarships to Lei Huang of Nanyang Technological University and to Eden Teoh Kang Min, Parthasarathy Sreemathy, and Watt Sook May of Raffles Girls' School. The scholarships are among a total of 140 such awards being presented by SPIE in 2012.

Other student organizations cooperating in organizing the event along with the Singapore chapter are:

  • SPIE Sichuan University Student Club
  • SPIE IIT-Madras Student Chapter
  • SPIE Osaka University Student Chapter
  • SPIE Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications Student Club
  • SPIE Chulalongkorn University Student Chapter
  • SPIE SPIE Multimedia University Student Chapter (Malaysia).

Since the inception of SPIE in 1955, the Society has helped industry meet their goals of building student relations and promotion by supporting education and professional development through exceptional programming, and by connecting qualified students with employers. 

SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. The Society serves nearly 225,000 constituents from approximately 150 countries, offering conferences, continuing education, books, journals, and a digital library in support of interdisciplinary information exchange, professional growth, and patent precedent. SPIE provided over $2.7 million in support of education and outreach programs in 2011.

Attendees and presenters enjoy networking at the FOCUS conference in Singapore.

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