BELLINGHAM, WA, USA - 17 December 2008 - SPIE President Elect María Yzuel and Board of Directors member Marta de la Fuente last month presented the Sociedad Española de Optica (Spanish Optical Society/SEDOPTICA) with congratulations and a commemorative plaque on behalf of SPIE, in recognition of SEDOPTICA's 40th anniversary.
Yzuel and de la Fuente made the presentation at the SEDOPTICA annual meeting on 27 November at the CSIC (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas) in Madrid. Carlos Ferreira, President of SEDOPTICA and an SPIE Fellow, accepted the plaque on behalf of SEDOPTICA.
Yzuel also was named at the meeting as a Fellow (Socio de Honor) of SEDOPTICA, and participated in a roundtable on the future of optics in Spain. Maria Calvo, President of the International Commission for Optics (ICO) and an SPIE Fellow, was also a member of the roundtable panel.
SEDOPTICA was founded in 1968 to encourage the development of optics and the promotion of research, education, and industrial applications of optical technologies.
Yzuel, a professor of optics at the Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona, has actively supported SPIE conferences and other activities advancing goals shared by both societies.
She has participated in other collaborative projects also supported by SPIE that further optics education, such as the ICTP (Abdus Salaam International Centre for Theoretical Physics) Winter School in Optics held annually in Trieste, Italy; UNESCO's Active Learning in Optics and Photonics (ALOP) program, cosponsored by SPIE and several other organizations; and RIAO-OPTILAS, the co-located Iberoamerican Conference on Optics and Latin American Meeting on Optics, Lasers and Applications supported by ICO, SPIE, and other organizations.
Yzuel has served as SEDOPTICA's Vice President, President, and Inmediate Past President, and has been a member of its Board of Directors for 11 years.
Yzuel and de la Fuente, Group Manager of the Optical Design Group at Indra Sistemas, have recently been among SPIE leadership visiting companies in the optics and photonics industry, to discuss challenges such as attracting students to science and engineering, and the Society's role in communicating with grant funding agencies about the importance of optical science and applications in research, development, and innovation.
Yzuel also was honoured last month by her university, the UAB, for her contributions to the field.
Photo caption, above right: María Yzuel, center, and Marta de la Fuente present a plaque on behalf of SPIE commemorating SEDOPTICA's 40th anniversary to SEDOPTICA President Carlos Ferreira Garcia.
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