Anaheim Convention Center
Anaheim, California, United States
26 - 30 April 2020
Social Networking Events
Press Meet the Author Event
Meet Paul McManamon and get a signed copy of his new book LiDAR Technologies and Systems Wednesday from 3 - 4 pm at the SPIE Bookstore
Early Career & Senior Member Networking Breakfast
Date: Monday 27 April 2020
Time: 7:45 AM - 9:00 AM
Location: Ballroom A (Level 3)
Open to early career professionals and Senior Members with a paid registration badge.

Start your conference day off with a good breakfast and network building. All early career professionals and SPIE Senior Members are invited to attend this informal event to connect with the volunteer leadership of SPIE and your peers. A breakfast buffet will be provided. Seating is limited and will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis.

"Birds of a Feather" affinity group discussion tables will be available so you can pick a focus for your networking discussion. If you would like to lead a discussion topic by hosting a table, please email: with your topic idea.
All-Symposium Welcome Reception
Date: Monday 27 April 2020
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Grand Plaza
Lunch with the Experts - A Student Networking Event
Date: Tuesday 28 April 2020
Time: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Location: Ballroom A (Level 3)
Open to those with a paid student registration badge.

Enjoy a casual meal with colleagues at this engaging networking opportunity. Hosted by SPIE Student Services, this event features experts willing to share their experience and wisdom on career paths in optics and photonics. Seating is limited and will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis.
Career Advice for Scientists, Engineers, Graduate Students, Post-Docs, and Young Faculty
Date: Tuesday 28 April 2020
Time: 1:45 PM - 2:30 PM
Location: Room 304A (Level 3)
Open to those with a paid registration badge.

Dr. Driggers uses his 30 years of leadership experience (Division Head at NRL, ARL, and NVESD) to provide recommendations on managing and pursuing a rewarding career. All of the questions you should be asking will be discussed. How do I get hired above my colleagues? How do I get promoted to Team Lead, Branch Head, or Associate Professor? How will I be evaluated? What can I do to give me an edge? How do I get assigned as journal topical editor or conference committee member? How many papers should I be publishing? Should I write a book? What is "H-Factor?" What is the most effective way to secure external research funding? Questions like these will be discussed as well as the importance of supporting your colleagues, treating others as you would like to be treated, and time management. A career in optics can be fun, interesting, fulfilling, but you need to pay attention to your career path and your record.

Dr. Ronald Driggers, Univ. of Central Florida

Ronald G. Driggers is a Professor at the University of Central Florida’s College of Optics and Photonics and works in the area of electro-optical and infrared imaging systems.
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Presentation and Reception
Date: Wednesday 29 April 2020
Time: 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Location: Room 208A (Level 2)
Open to those with a paid registration badge.

Join us for a thought-provoking presentation and stay after to discuss topics with your colleagues during the reception.
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