SPIE Professional July 2009
The Optics and Photonics Society of Singapore (OPSS, opssg.org), with roots in the former SPIE Singapore Chapter, was launched earlier this year as the small Southeast Asian country continues to nurture its reputation as business- and innovation-friendly.
The Singapore government recently lowered several key tax rates on entrepreneurial activity, and the island nation was rated No. 1 in innovation leadership in a global innovation index in March.
A broad research study produced by the Boston Consulting Group, the National Association of Manufacturers, and the Manufacturing Institute, all in the USA, cited Singapore's extensive support of manufacturing industries, technology, and education as reasons Singapore is the foremost international leader in innovation.
SPIE Fellow and recent SPIE Board member Anand Asundi is chair of the new Optics and Photonics Society of Singapore.
A 2008 report by ECA International, an organization of international human resource professionals, rated Singapore as the best place in Asia for internationals to live.
Singapore's welcoming attitudes, strong, educated workforce, and wide diversity of high-tech industries and educational institutions were acknowledged as former SPIE President Kevin Harding congratulated the new photonics society this spring.
"SPIE has been honored to enjoy the leadership and participation of members of the former Singapore regional chapter of SPIE in our activities promoting optics and photonics throughout the region and the world," Harding said.
OPSS aims to support greater interaction between the optics and photonics community in Singapore in both academia and industry by providing a forum for discussion and growth among the multidisciplinary groups, said OPSS Chair and SPIE Fellow Anand Asundi.
He said the group plans to organize and participate in local and regional conferences and provide an educational outreach program for optics students and professionals.
Elected to the OPSS Executive Committee along with Asundi at a meeting in March were:
• Robert Huang, Vice Chair
• Qian Kemao, Secretary
• Chee Oi Choo, Treasurer
• Ravi Kumar K., Standing Committee Chair for Education
• Vijay Raj Singh, Standing Committee Chair for Industry
• Quan Chenggen, Standing Committee Chair for Membership and Publicity
Zhao Liping and Huang Xuebo were appointed honorary auditors.