SPIE has a number of career-enhancing programs including the new Senior Member program. It will recognize active SPIE members who have shown outstanding leadership in educational outreach, project management, or entrepreneurial operations.
The Senior Member program honors accomplished optics and photonics professionals who have at least five years of continuous, regular SPIE membership and who have contributed to educational and organizational efforts of the Society such as chairing a conference or serving on an SPIE committee. Senior Members will also typically have significant professional achievement in the industry in product engineering, patents, publishing, etc.
The deadline for submitting nomination materials for SPIE Senior Membership is 8 September. More information: http://spie.org/seniormember
Other programs include volunteer opportunities on SPIE committees and special activities and awards for Fellows, early career professionals, etc. A sampling of programs and their application and nomination deadlines, if applicable:
Fellow: Nominate a colleague to be promoted to SPIE Fellow for 2009 by 1 October.
Senior Member: Nominations for this new membership recognition program are due by 8 September.
SPIE Awards: Nominations for most SPIE annual awards that recognize outstanding technical accomplishments and meritorious service to the Society are due 1 October.
Committee Service: Volunteer to serve on a committee that sets policies and recommends activities for symposia, scholarships, membership, publications, education, etc. Send your contact information and preferred committee assignment to firstname.lastname@example.org
Officers and Board Members: Nominate yourself or a colleague by 25 July for the 2010 election slate for SPIE officers and board members. Send an e-mail to email@example.com
Congressional Visits Day: Each spring, members of SPIE travel to Washington, D.C., to raise visibility and support for science, technology, and engineering. Plan to attend in 2009 by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org