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SPIE Fact Sheet

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SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, is a not-for-profit educational society organized to advance emerging light-based technologies through interdisciplinary information exchange, continuing education, publications, career development, and advocacy.

  • Founded in 1955 as the Society of Photographic Instrumentation Engineers under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code
  • International office in Bellingham, Washington, USA
  • SPIE Europe office in Cardiff, Wales, UK
  • Serves 257,000 constituents from 173 countries

SPIE advances education in the global community, including with on-going programs that provide free access to the SPIE Digital Library to high schools and institutions in disadvantaged countries. These SPIE programs are aligned with the not-for-profit society's mission to ensure affordable access to its publications to the greatest number of researchers possible. Access to information improves education, economic opportunities, and social welfare.

  • SPIE offers its journals and proceedings at low or no cost in International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP) partner and network countries with low- and lower-middle-income economies as identified by the World Bank. Eligible institutions include universities, libraries, not-for-profit research institutes, teaching hospitals, and other similar institutions in countries identified by INASP. Access is available within those countries to many health professionals, agricultural extension workers, and other professionals with not-for-profit status who are working in remote areas and within research institutes without formal collections.
  • SPIE provides free or low-cost distribution of articles published in the SPIE Digital Library to scientists at institutions in least-developed or low-income countries through the eJDS program of the International Centre for Theoretical Physics.
  • SPIE makes the complete SPIE Digital Library available to high schools for free and to two-year colleges at a subsidized price.

Conferences and Exhibitions

SPIE presents approximately 25 major technical forums, exhibitions, and education programs each year in venues in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and South America. Among the events are:

  • Advanced Lithography
  • Asia-Pacific Remote Sensing
  • Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation
  • Defense + Commercial Sensing
  • Digital Optical Technologies
  • European Conferences on Biomedical Optics (with OSA)
  • Laser Damage
  • Medical Imaging
  • Microtechnologies
  • NanoPhotonics Australasia
  • Optical Metrology
  • Optical Systems Design
  • Optics + Optoelectronics
  • Optics + Photonics
  • Optifab
  • Pacific Rim Laser Damage (with SIOM)
  • Photomask Technology + Extreme UV Lithography
  • Photonics Asia (with COS)
  • Photonics Europe
  • Photonics West
    • BiOS: Biomedical Optics
    • LASE: Laser Technology and Industrial Applications
    • OPTO: Optoelectronics and Photonic Materials, and Devices
  • Remote Sensing
  • Security + Defence
  • Smart Structures + Nondestructive Evaluation
  • Technologies and Applications of Structured Light
  • Translational Biophotonics

Publications

  • SPIE Digital Library, the world's largest collection of optics and photonics research
  • More than 500,000 research papers and more than 350 ebooks from SPIE Press
  • Approximately 18,000 new articles and 25 ebooks added each year, including the Spotlights ebooks series
  • Proceedings of SPIE
  • Peer-reviewed scholarly journals, with open access publication options
    • Advanced Photonics
    • Optical Engineering
    • Journal of Electronic Imaging (with IS&T)
    • Journal of Biomedical Optics
    • Journal of Micro/Nanolithography,MEMS, and MOEMS
    • Journal of Applied Remote Sensing
    • Journal of Nanophotonics
    • Journal of Photonics for Energy
    • Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems
    • Journal of Medical Imaging
    • Neurophotonics
  • Print monographs, tutorial texts, Field Guides, and reference books from SPIE Press
  • SPIE News
    • 5,000+ expert-authored technical articles
    • SPIE.tv, including more than 500 video interviews and features
  • SPIE Professional quarterly membership magazine, with industry reports, technology overviews, career and education advice, and entrepreneurial profiles
  • Optipedia -- encyclopedic articles on optics and photonics

Professional Development

  • Professional development courses at SPIE conferences on basic optics principles and advanced photonics and microelectronics technologies (CEUs available; ANSI IACET Authorized Provider)
  • On-demand web-streamed courses including CEU quiz component
  • In-company training

Industry Relations

Community Support and Outreach

SPIE provided $4 million in support of education, outreach, and advocacy programs in 2018.

  • $293,000 in education and travel scholarships awarded to 85 recipients in 2018
  • $80,000 in support of photonics-related education and outreach projects in 2018
  • Free or low-cost distribution of the SPIE Digital Library in developing nations through the eJDS program of the International Centre for Theoretical Physics
  • Free or low-cost access to the SPIE Digital Library in developing nations via the INASP program
  • Support for the UNESCO Active Learning in Optics and Photonics program, a hands-on learning program to train teachers in developing countries
  • Partner in funding programs at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics providing students from developing nations with access to seminars from top researchers
  • Visiting Lecturers Program, bringing world-class scientists and engineers to SPIE Student Chapters and other approved regional organizations
  • Women in Optics Speakers and Networking Events, promoting professional growth through community building, networking, and encouraging young women to choose optics as a career
  • Arthur H. Guenther Congressional Fellowship (with OSA)
  • Free educational posters and DVDs

Membership

Approximately 18,700 members, with targeted services for each level:

  • Individual
  • Student
  • Early Career Professional
  • Life
  • Corporate
  • Senior -- honored for their professional experience, active involvement, and significant performance
  • Fellow -- Members of distinction who have made considerable technical and scientific contributions in optics, photonics, optoelectronics, and imaging

Awards

The SPIE awards program recognizes outstanding contributions from individuals throughout the scientific community.

  • A.E. Conrady Award in Optical Engineering
  • Aden and Marjorie Meinel Technology Achievement Award
  • Biophotonics Technology Innovator Award
  • Britton Chance Biomedical Optics Award
  • Chandra S. Vikram Award in Optical Metrology
  • Dennis Gabor Award in Diffractive Optics
  • Directors' Award
  • Diversity Outreach Award
  • Early Career Achievement Award - Academic
  • Early Career Achievement Award - Industry/Government
  • Frits Zernike Award for Microlithography
  • G.G. Stokes Award in Optical Polarization
  • George W. Goddard Award in Space and Airborne Optics
  • Gold Medal of the Society
  • Harold E. Edgerton Award in High-Speed Optics
  • Harrison H. Barrett Award in Medical Imaging
  • Joseph W. Goodman Book Writing Award
  • Maria Goeppert-Mayer Award in Photonics
  • Maria J. Yzuel Educator Award
  • Mozi Award
  • President's Award
  • Rudolf and Hilda Kingslake Medal and Prize
  • Visionary Award

Executive Committee of the Board of Directors

  • President Jim Oschmann, Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp. (retired) 
  • Immediate Past President Maryellen Giger, University of Chicago
  • President-Elect John Greivenkamp, University of Arizona
  • Vice President David Andrews, University of East Anglia
  • Secretary/Treasurer Jason Mulliner, Alluxa
  • CEO Kent Rochford, SPIE
Jim Oschmann

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Maryellen Giger

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John Greivenkamp

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David Andrews

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Jason Mulliner

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Kent Rochford

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Non-Discrimination Policy

SPIE does not discriminate in hiring, access to programs, or eligibility of services based on race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, political affiliation, union membership, or veteran status other than as allowed by law.

 

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