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SPIE donation to science museum, Star Trek talk highlight Rochester visit

05 May 2016

RSMC President Kate Bennett and SPIE Marketing Director Peter Hallett

RMSC president Kate Bennett accepts the book donation from SPIE's Peter Hallett at the museum on 4 May.

SPIE has donated 400 copies of a recently published book on photonics to the Rochester Museum and Science Center (RMSC), to help build interest in the discipline among students and the general public.

Photonics: Technical applications of light — infographics illustrates with infographics the many ways in which applications of photonics technology touch our lives, from LEDs and solar energy to optical fiber networks and medical applications. The book was originally published in German by SPECTARIS, the German Hightech Industry Association, for mainstream readers and potential young engineers and scientists.

SPIE collaborated with SPECTARIS on the English-language version of the book.

During his visit to Rochester, Hallett also gave a talk entitled “The Photonics of Star Trek” at the OSA Rochester Section’s annual dinner. His presentation illustrated the numerous ways futuristic technologies envisioned by the television series have become reality, such as 3D printing, mobile phones, tablet PCs, remote spectrometers, flat-screen displays, and lasers both as weapons and medical devices.

Hallett contributed an article to the January 2016 issue of SPIE Professional magazine, entitled “The Photonics of Star Trek: Celebrating 50 years of imagination that has come true.”

Read the complete SPIE press release.