SPIE’s Membership Committee has created a new “Senior Member” recognition program to honor members who have made at least five years' of significant contributions to the optics and photonics community.
Separate from the Society’s Fellows program, the Senior Member designation will be accessible to a broader group of active SPIE members who have shown outstanding leadership in educational outreach, project management in industry or government, or in entrepreneurial operations.
“The Senior Member program will honor SPIE members who have made significant technical accomplishments in patents, product engineering, and publishing as well as those contributing to education and organizational efforts,” said Kevin Harding, SPIE president. “In the Society, we have many volunteers who, over the years, have served the professional community as educators, program managers, conference chairs, and SPIE committee members who deserve recognition for their service advancing the discipline and the Society.”
A minimum of five years of continuous regular SPIE membership or active volunteerism is required for nomination as a Senior Member. Senior Members must also have at least 10 years of significant professional experience and achievement in industry or academia. Credit in this latter category may be given for years spent earning an academic degree.
Recognition for technical and professional excellence among your peers and a letter of commendation from SPIE to your employer are just two of the benefits of this new SPIE program.
Those interested in being named an SPIE Senior Member can nominate themselves or be nominated by a colleague or mentor.
Deadline for submitting nomination materials for Senior Member status is 8 September. Successful candidates for 2009 will be notified in November of this year.
For more information and nomination forms, see http://spie.org/seniormember.