2015 SPIE Election Results

Maryellen Giger elected 2016 vice president of SPIE.

01 October 2015

SPIE Fellow Maryellen Giger, A.N. Pritzker Professor of Radiology at University of Chicago (USA) and director of the Imaging Research Institute there, has been elected to serve as the 2016 vice president of SPIE.

With her election, Giger joins the SPIE presidential chain and will serve as president-elect in 2017 and as the SPIE president in 2018.

Gary Spiegel, retired, Newport Corp. (USA), was reelected as secretary-treasurer.

Four SPIE members were also elected to serve on the SPIE Board of Directors beginning in January:

photo of David Andrews photo of Jennifer Barton photo of Joseph Howard photo of Dr. Fujimoto
David Andrews
University of East Anglia (UK)
Jennifer Barton
University of Arizona (USA)
Joseph Howard
NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center (USA)
James Fujimoto
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA)

Giger served on the SPIE Board of Directors from 2012 to 2014 and is editor-in-chief of the SPIE Journal of Medical Imaging.

Considered one of the pioneers in the development of computer-aided diagnosis (CAD), she is the founding committee chair for the CAD conference at the SPIE Medical Imaging symposium.

She holds or has held several key research, administrative, and educational positions in medical physics and biomedical engineering at the university. In addition to directing the Imaging Research Institute in the Biological Sciences Division, she is the vice chair for basic science research in the Department of Radiology, senior fellow at the Computation Institute, and inaugural fellow at the Institute of Molecular Engineering.

Giger received her MSc in physics from University of Exeter (UK) and her PhD in medical physics from University of Chicago. Her research interests include CAD for breast-cancer-image interpretation; quantitative image analysis and data mining of medical images for radiomics; and imaging genomics for risk assessment, diagnosis, prognosis, and response to therapy.

photo of Gary SpiegelSpiegel (right) has been a member of the SPIE Financial Advisory Committee since 2007. He holds a BA in industrial marketing from Baruch College, City University of New York (USA).

His technical activities and interests include opto-mechanical systems for research and industrial applications, precision manufacturing, technical management, and the business of optics.

photo of SPIE President SPIE 2015 President Toyohiko Yatagai (right) announced the election results in August at SPIE Optics + Photonics. Yatagai, director of the Center for Optical Research and Education (CORE) at Utsunomiya University (Japan) and a leading authority on optical measurement, holography, interferometry, biomedical imaging, and optical design and fabrication, will serve on the SPIE Board of Directors in 2016 as immediate past president.

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Lieberman Boreman

Other previously elected SPIE officers who will begin terms in January 2016 are Robert Lieberman, president of Lumoptix (USA), who will become SPIE president, and SPIE Vice President Glenn Boreman of University of North Carolina (UNC) at Charlotte and Plasmonics Inc. (USA), who becomes president-elect next year.

Lieberman is a leading authority on biological, physical, and chemical sensors. He has chaired more than 25 sensor conferences and served in several SPIE leadership roles, including the Board of Directors, the Publications Committee, the SPIE committee on Engineering, Science and Technology Policy, and the editorial board of Optical Engineering.

He holds a PhD in physics with an emphasis on solid-state physics and biophysics from University of Michigan (USA). His areas of expertise include technology management, spectroscopy/chemical detection, and optical sensing and monitoring.

Boreman has a PhD in optical science from University of Arizona (USA) and has served on several SPIE boards and committees, including the Board of Directors. He is the director of the Center for Optoelectronics & Optical Communications at UNC Charlotte; professor emeritus at University of Central Florida (USA); and cofounder and chairman of Plasmonics.

He is the author of the SPIE Press book, Basic Electro-Optics for Electrical Engineers, and is a longtime instructor of the SPIE course, “Basic Optics for Engineers.”

The SPIE nominating committee accepts recommendations for the election slate on an ongoing basis. To make a recommendation or for more information, contact governance@spie.org.

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