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Student Newsletter January 2005

News and Announcements

Welcome National Taiwan University Student Chapter
Approved in October, SPIE welcomes the National Taiwan University Department of Physics Student Chapter in Taipei, Taiwan. Professor Din Ping Tsai serves as the Faculty Advisor.


Photos from the inauguration ceremony for the National Taiwan University SPIE Students Chapter.

5th Annual International Young Scientists Conference
SPIE Student Chapter Taras Shevchenko Kyiv National University co-organized the 5th Annual International Young Scientists Conference "Problems of Optics and High Technology Material Science" in October.

Over 100 young scientists from Australia, Belarus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Romania, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, USA, and Uzbekistan, participated.

Tec de Monterrey Announces Photo Contest Winners
Tec de Monterrey students organized a scientific photography contest where contestants could compete for over $1,000 worth of prizes. Over 30 entries were received from chapter members and physics students (even from outside Tec de Monterrey). Prizes were donated by Solgar, Monterrey's local darkroom supplier.


First place winner, Traditional Category: Peter Pfister Huerta-Cañedo "An elliptic cycloid is created when an elliptic disk is rolled down an inclined plane. A circuit with three LEDs and a square-pulse generator was attached to the disc."

1st Place, Digital

First place winner, Digital Category: Diego José Ortíz González & David Josué Ortíz González "Multiple reflections of a hacky sack ball (footbag) between two mirrors facing each other. Due to lossy reflections only a limited number of images are seen."

University of Dayton Student Chapter Optics Outreach
The SPIE Students of the University of Dayton brought together a remarkable number of partners to implement a K-12 optics outreach program. Two branches of the Air Force Research Laboratory, the Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and the University of Dayton Electro-Optics Program, all contributed to a program that introduced the concepts of wavelength, frequency, polarization and light source spectrum to junior high school students. This project was engaging on a hands-on level; students had the opportunity to work with an optical spectrometer and assemble Keplerian and Galilean telescopes.


Emily Heckman, Jangpyo Kim, and Aziz Mahfoud from University of Dayton, explaining to the students the principles of an optical spectrometer


Dr. Perry Yaney illustrating a ray optics analysis of a concave lens

International Student Chapter Meeting

Student leaders traveled to Torun, Poland, to attend an International Student Chapter Meeting organized by Anna Szkulmowska and the Nicolas Copernicus University (NCU) Student Chapter. This event brought SPIE Student Chapter Leaders and other NCU students together to discuss maintaining and stimulating the growth of their chapters. Carlos López-Mariscal, former Tec de Monterray Student Chapter President, presented a talk entitled, "How to maintain a healthy SPIE Student Chapter," toured research facilities in Poland, and met with SPIE President Malgorzata Kujawinska. López-Mariscal's trip was funded through a special initiative from SPIE and the NCU Chapter.

Lopez-Mariscal and Kujawinska

Carlos López-Mariscal visits Malgorzata Kujawinska at her office in the Warsaw University of Technology

NCU Students

NCU Student Chapter and López-Marisal during "How to maintain a healthy SPIE Student Chapter"

SPIE Student Chapters Seminar
The International Optical Congress, "Fundamental problems of optics," was held October 2004 in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. Participants from M. V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Saratov State University, and St. Petersburg State University (ITMO) gathered for this event. The ITMO Chapter was very excited about the event, Natalya Yastrebova states, "It was a great opportunity to communicate with members from the chapters of different cities, exchange the experience, discuss results and problems and talk over future collaboration. It is good that one of the officers can participate at the SPIE Annual Meeting, traditionally organized in the USA, but our seminar can give the other members (mainly from the countries of the former Soviet Union) opportunity to travel and to meet new friends from other chapters."

Along with sampling the cultural delights of St. Petersburg, participants had the opportunity to take a master-class on holography, highlighting the latest trends in dynamic holography and optical devices development.

Students, network with your peers and mentors

Photonics West

22-27 January 2005
San Jose, California USA

The Craft of Scientific Presentations
A Workshop on Technical Presentations
Monday 24 January - 8:30 am to 12:30 pm

Free to SPIE Student Members, must register

This course provides attendees with an overview of what distinguishes the best scientific presentations. The course includes the text, The Craft of Scientific Presentations, by the instructor.

The Craft of Scientific Writing
A Workshop on Technical Writing
Monday 24 January - 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Free to SPIE Student Members, must register
The course focuses on the structure and language of scientific papers. The course includes the text, The Craft of Scientific Writing, by the instructor.

SPIEWorks Career Fair
Tuesday 25 January and Wednesday 26 January
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Students, begin or advance your career with a visit to the SPIEWorks Career Fair.
Meet face-to-face with recruiters from companies actively hiring, and come prepared to discuss your skills and experience, network with technical staff and human resource recruiters, learn more about employment opportunities and interview for positions.

Lunch with the Experts
Thursday 27 January - Noon to 1:00 pm
Marriott Hotel, San Jose Ballroom IV
Free for Student Attendees, must RSVP
Sign up by noon Wednesday 26 January at the Marketplace

Hosted by SPIE Student Services, this event will feature experts willing to share their accumulated wisdom on career paths within the optics and photonics industry. Lunch is complimentary to all SPIE Student Members; however, RSVP by 26 January. Email: students@SPIE.org or sign up onsite at the Marketplace.

Currently scheduled to attend:

Britton Chance, Ph.D. Sc.D. Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of Pennsylvania

Chris Schaffer, Ph.D., Assistant Project Scientist, Department of Physics, University of California, San Diego

Eustace (Stace) Dereniak, Prof., Univ. of Arizona

Ferechteh Hosseini Teherani, Ph.D., Nanovation

Gregory P. Nordin, Ph.D., Director Nano and Micro Devices Center (NMDC), Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, The University of Alabama in Huntsville

Hanna Hoffman, Ph.D., Manager/Adv R & D, Spectra-Physics, Inc.

Jan J. Dubowski, Ph.D., Canada Research Chair in Quantum Semiconductors

Joel Kubby, Ph.D., Univ. of California/Santa Cruz

Louay A. Eldada, Ph.D., DuPont Photonics Technologies

Manijeh Razeghi, Ph.D., Walter P. Murphy Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering Director, Center for Quantum Devices, Northwestern Univ.

Randy Heyler, Ph.D., Newport Corp.

Robert C. Leif, Ph.D., Newport Instruments

Tom Schriempf, Ph.D., Assistant Program Manager, Naval Directed Energy and Electric Weapons Program Office

Tung H. (TJ) Jeong, Prof. Lake Forest College

Willem Hoving, Ph.D., Principal Scientist, Laser Applications & Joining Technologies Philips Electronics Nederland B.V.

Zameer Hasan, Ph.D., Temple Univ.

Student Reception
RSVP by 20 January
Wednesday 26 January - 6:30 to 9:00 pm

The Tech Museum of Innovation (across from the San Jose Convention Center)

Newport and Spectra-Physics invite you to enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres and the interactive Tech Museum exhibits. RSVP by 20 January by emailing christy.dummitt@newport.com or by calling +1 949 253 1261.

Student Networking Events
The ever-popular student networking receptions will be held at SPIE meetings throughout the year. Medical Imaging, Microlithography, and SPIE Defense and Security Symposium, will all feature informal gatherings and networking opportunities with industry professionals and fellow students. Refreshments will be provided courtesy of SPIE Student Services. All student attendees are invited to attend.

Other News and Announcements

2004 Bi-Annual Student Chapter Reports

Thanks to all the SPIE Student Chapters who contributed to the June-December 2004 annual report. A PDF version of the final report compiled from all chapters is now available. The latest annual report features updates from twenty-eight student chapters from around the world, science and career progress of its members, and excellent photography.

2005-2006 Congressional Fellowship Applications Deadline 31 January
SPIE and OSA jointly sponsor a Congressional Fellow to work in Washington DC with a member of the US Congress or a Congressional Committee to contribute to the policy-making process. Applicants must be US citizens and have their PhD by the start of the Fellowship, and a generous stipend is provided. Prior public policy experience is not required, but the applicant must possess the desire to apply science and engineering knowledge to US policy issues. Please contact Krisinda Plenkovich for more information.

3rd Annual Student Scientific Conference
23-25 May 2005
Wroclaw University of Technology
For more information, email Jacek Olszewski.

Welcome Dirk Fabian, SPIE Student Services Coordinator
Dirk joins SPIE after several years as an astronomer involved in science education and outreach through the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Recently he has been seen guiding sea kayaking trips and paddling the whitewater rivers of the Pacific Northwest, and is excited to have found a new home at SPIE headquarters in Bellingham, WA. Dirk's email is dirkf@SPIE.org.

Promote Optics and Photonics Awareness
In an effort to increase awareness of optics and photonics, SPIE is distributing a limited number of our new public awareness posters as a service to the community. If you are interested in receiving posters, please email Voula Kaloudis at voula@SPIE.org.

SPIE Student Chapter Listserv Now Available
The Student Chapter Listserv is a great way to connect with your peers all over the world. Join now - when you reach the sign-up page, please enter your name and membership number in the comments field so that your status in a Chapter can be verified.