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SPIE Women in Optics promotes personal and professional growth for women through community building, networking opportunities, and encouraging young women to choose optics as a career.Photo credit: Christian Platz

Since 1998, SPIE Women in Optics promotes personal and professional growth for women through community building, networking opportunities, and encouraging young women to choose optics as a career.

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Gender Equity Taskforce

  • Read the results of SPIE's Women in the Optics and Photonics Workplace survey developed by the taskforce to define and understand gender equality issues in the optics and photonics community.

  • SPIE member Katie Schwertz, a taskforce member, interviewed SPIE Senior Member Marisa Edmund to discuss policies and programs at Edmund Optics designed to support women in their workplace. Read the article, Optics businesses can promote gender equity for the January 2017 issue of SPIE Professional.


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Recent SPIE Women in Optics Events

 SPIE Medical Imaging
Women's Networking Lunch
Tuesday 14 February 2017 | 12:10 to 1:10 PM
Orlando, Florida | Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld, Atlantis B

Kyle MyersWomen in the fields of optics and photonics gathered for informal discussions and networking during a scheduled lunch on Tuesday of SPIE Medical Imaging. Welcome and opening remarks were provided by Kyle Myers, of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Myers, has worked for the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health since 1987, where she is currently the Acting Director of the Office of Science and Engineering Laboratories (OSEL). She was previously the head of OSEL’s Division of Imaging, Diagnostics, and Software Reliability, where she led research programs in medical imaging systems, computer-aided diagnostics, and statistical methods for imaging clinical trials. Dr. Myers is a Fellow of SPIE, OSA, AIMBE, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

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