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SPIE Professional October 2009

Report from SPIE Annual General Meeting

Members met for the 2009 Annual General Meeting of the Society on 4 August 2009 in San Diego, CA, in conjunction with SPIE Optics+Photonics symposium held 1-6 August. Included here are summaries of reports presented at the meeting.

President's Report

SPIE 2009 President María J. Yzuel presented a pictorial overview and summary of her year-to-date as president. Early in her presidency she, along with SPIE Director Marta de la Fuenta, visited the Institute of Solar Energy and CIEMAT in Madrid. Her travels continued with a trip to SPIE Photonics West in San Jose, CA, where many of the Society's committee meetings and board meeting were held.

Upon her return to Europe, she visited the UNESCO offices in Paris with SPIE Executive Director Eugene G. Arthurs. During this visit, they discussed the continued support of the Active Learning of Optics and Photonics (ALOP) program and the value of this project in sponsoring education in optics in developing countries.

In February and March, Yzuel attended the Industry Affiliates Day of the College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona. She also met with OSA leadership during this event. Continuing on to Mexico, she met with representatives of several SPIE Student Chapters at a workshop held at the CIO (Centro de Investigaciones en Óptica) in Leon.

She also visited the University of Guadalajara and the University of Guanajuato and met with the Academia Mexicana de Optica (AMO) President Eric Rosas.

María Yzuel, Hans Tiziani, Ferenc Krausz, and Ralph James
Left to right: María Yzuel, Hans Tiziani, Ferenc Krausz, and Ralph James in June at the Max Planck Quantum Optics Institute where Krausz is the director.

Yzuel's later visits in Europe included attendance at SPIE Europe Optics+Optoelectronics in Prague where she met with members of the Photonics Society of Poland and the president of the newly formed Society for Optics CS (former Czech and Slovak SPIE Chapters).

In Germany she attended the SPIE Europe Optical Metrology conference co-located with the World of Photonics Congress in Munich. During this visit, she also toured the Max Planck Quantum Optics Institute and the Technical University of Munich. She then visited the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris and the Institut d'Optique Graduate School, also in Paris.

She attended the Education and Training in Optics and Photonics (ETOP) in Wales and visited with professors at Imperial College and University College in London.

María Yzuel, Newport representatives, and award recipients
SPIE President María Yzuel, left, and Newport representatives Jay Jeong, Keshav Kumar, Rick Sebastian, and Beda Espinoza recognized recipients of the Newport and Spectra-Physics Research Excellence Travel Awards at SPIE Optics+Photonics.
Treasurer's Report

SPIE 2009 Secretary/Treasurer Brian Lula, PI (Physik Instrumente) L.P., reported on the financial health of the Society. He indicated that this had been a challenging year for industries in our field. He added that while the Society assets had dropped by 14.9% from 2007 to 2008, this is considered very favorable compared with many other organizations.

SPIE ended 2008 with total net assets of $51,272,000, down from $57,476,000 at the end of 2007. Although net assets had dropped at the end of 2008, they are expected to make a partial recovery by the end of 2009.

He added that the Society has a conservative investment portfolio which had helped to protect our investments. He thanked the Financial Advisory Committee and the Investment Subcommittee for their continued efforts in maintaining the Society reserves.

   2007  2008
 Liabilities $16,649,000 $16,509,000
 Total Net Assets $40,827,000 $34,763,000
 Operating Revenue $31,329,000 $33,921,000
 Operating Expense $27,311,000 $30,072,000
 Operating Surplus$4,018,000$3,849,000
 Non-Operating Surplus/(Deficit)$1,432,000($9,842,000)

Executive Director's Report

SPIE Executive Director Eugene G. Arthurs invited attendees to celebrate the 2009 International Year of Astronomy with the Society. He added that several events had been planned during the week, including an astronomy viewing event at the welcome reception the previous evening and a telescope display in the exhibit celebrating the 400th anniversary of the invention of the telescope.

In addition, SPIE is presenting the Advancing the Laser tribute to mark the 50th anniversary of the invention of the first laser and is a founding partner and sponsor with OSA and APS of LaserFest.

Advancing the Laser showcases laser luminaries and advances with online features, in new and special open-access technical publications, and with events such as a major celebration at SPIE Photonics West in January.

LaserFest will present outreach and educational activities targeting the general public and students, via informational videos, educational programs, and other tribute events.

Arthurs highlighted the growth in student membership and reiterated the importance of the young members to the future of the Society. A conference for Student Chapter leaders held earlier in the week was attended by 130 student members, representing 89 Student Chapters and 22 countries. He mentioned other education activities that SPIE leads or participates in, including ALOP and the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics Winter College held in Trieste, Italy.

He talked about the 2009-2010 Education Directory (Web site and printed catalog) that is a joint venture with OSA and contains information about universities, colleges, and other educational institutes that offer programs in optics and photonics. He also presented information about the education CDs developed by SPIE and titled Careers in Optics, Light in Action, and Light at Work.

He concluded by thanking the volunteers who serve the Society and added his thanks to the staff in Bellingham, WA. He noted that three staff with long tenure at SPIE had retired during the previous year, including Janice Walker, Carole Dougherty, and Bonnie Peterson. All three will be a great loss to the headquarters.

The next meeting of the corporation will be held at SPIE Optics+Photonics 2010.

greivenkamp discusses antique optics
SPIE Fellow John Greivenkamp discusses the antique and historic telescope collection that he brought to SPIE Optics+Photonics from University of Arizona. The collection features more than 60 telescopes and associated items from the 17th to the mid-20th centuries. See an interview with Greivenkamp at newsroom.spie.org.

SPIE expresses its deepest appreciation to Ryan Hannahoe and John Greivenkamp for their help and generosity in making special events at SPIE Optics+Photonics a success.

Greivenkamp, a professor at the College of Optical Sciences, University of Arizona (USA), brought the historical telescope collection permanently housed at the university to the symposium and generously shared his time and advice at the telescope display. See www.optics.arizona.edu/antiques.

Hannahoe, director of client support services at the Fair Dinkum Skies Observatory (USA), shared his passion for educating others at the astronomy event. He displayed his award-winning astronomy photos, gave more than 25 workshops on astronomical imaging, and coordinated a live data feed from an Australian observatory during the symposium. See ryanhannahoe.nmskies.com.

SPIE members can request a copy of the full minutes of the meeting by contacting Bobbie Lively at bobbie@spie.org.   

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DOI: 10.1117/2.4200910.12

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