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Voices of inspiration, experience featured in new SPIE Women in Optics planner

Women in Optics 2009 planner

BELLINGHAM, WA, USA - 28 October 2008 - "If you want to help shape the future, a career in optics and photonics is worth exploring," asserts Maria Yzuel, professor at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona in Spain and 2009 President of SPIE. Yzuel is one of more than two dozen women working in optics who offer their insights in a free monthly planner published this week by SPIE.

The planner features heads of university departments and government labs along with those with successful careers in research, marketing, astronomy and astronautics, teaching, product development, and writing about optics and photonics. Their jobs involve projects such as development of more effective medical imaging for diagnostics, research on black holes, and training students for much-needed technical positions in labs.

"It is exciting to face new challenges every day, to feel that there is always some new process to explore, some new technological development to pursue, something new to learn," said Roberta Ramponi, professor at Polytechnic of Milan, Italy. Ramponi teaches physics and micro- and nano-optics, and does research on the development of novel photonic and optofluidic devices. She is a past president of the European Optical Society, and is among those featured in the planner.

Other optics professionals featured in the planner include:

  • Anna Cysewska-Sobusiak, Poznan University of Technology
  • Barbara Darnell, Sales and Marketing Consultant
  • Carmen Menoni, Colorado State University
  • Claire Max, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Ferechteh Teherani, Nanovation SARL
  • Jannick Rolland, University of Rochester
  • Ellen Ochoa, NASA/Johnson Space Center
  • Katarzyna Chalasinska-Macukow, University of Warsaw
  • Kathryn Flanagan, Space Telescope Science Institute
  • Lisa Tsufura, CVI Melles Griot Laser Group
  • Martina Havenith, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
  • Patrizia Melpignano, LAPLACE, Université Paul Sabatier Toulouse
  • Mireille Commandré, Fresnel Institute
  • Xiangqun Cui, Nanjing Institute of Astronomical Optics and Technology
  • Rachel Pei Chin Won, Nature Photonics
  • Angela Guzman, Florida Atlantic University
  • Tina Kidger, Kidger Optics Associates
  • Kashiko Kodate, Japan Women's University
  • Liz Rogan, Optical Society of America
  • Silvia Ledesma, University of Buenos Aires
  • Marta de la Fuente, Indra Systems.

Copies of the planner are available at no cost from SPIE. Send your request to pascale@spie.org. The 2009 planner is the sixth in the Women in Optics series that SPIE has produced.