SPIE has joined with an international organization and two other professional societies in appealing to the leadership of Iran to free Omid Kokabee, an Iranian PhD student and member of SPIE.
Kokabee, 29, is a graduate of Sharif University of Technology in Tehran who later studied at Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya in Spain where he obtained a master's degree in photonics. Currently he is a PhD student at the University of Texas at Austin in the Department of Physics. Earlier this year, after a visit to his family in Iran, Kokabee was arrested at the airport and imprisoned.
The letter is signed by presidents Hervé Lefèvre (European Optical Society), María Luisa Calvo Padilla (International Commission for Optics), Christopher Dainty (OSA), and Katarina Svanberg (SPIE).