SPIE Women In Optics


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.

  SPIE Women in Optics


Gender Equity Taskforce

  • The latest report from the Gender Equity Task Force, Gender Equity in the Optics and Photonics Workplace, is now available. The updated report shares key findings from both our 2016 and 2017 Global Salary Surveys as well as stories from optics and photonics professionals at various stages in their careers. 

  • Read the results of SPIE's 2016 Women in the Optics and Photonics Workplace survey developed by the task force to define and understand gender equality issues in the optics and photonics community. 

  • SPIE member Katie Schwertz, a task force 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.


Women in Optics Planner

  • SPIE compiles and publishes a twelve-month calendar planner that is distributed free of charge in more than 25 countries to 5,000 recipients.

  • The new 2019 planner will be released at SPIE Optics + Photonics 2018! Use this form to request your copy now.

  • There are sponsorship opportunities available to those interested in helping SPIE recognize outstanding women in optical engineering. Email mega@spie.org for more information.


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Recent SPIE Women in Optics Events

 SPIE Photonics West
2018 Women in Optics and Diversity Reception
Monday 29 January 2018 | 5:00 to 7:00 PM
San Francisco, California

Alexis Vogt
Watch the inspiring keynote presentation "Raising the Bar While Raising Kids: Increasing Diversity in Optics Careers" given by Dr. Alexis Vogt to a full house. A reception and breakout workshop session followed.

 

 SPIE Medical Imaging
Women's Networking Lunch
Monday 12 February 2018 | 12:10 to 1:10 PM
Houston, Texas

Mini Das
Opening remarks were delivered by Dr. Mini Das, Assistant Professor of Physics at the University of Houston's Department of Biomedical Engineering. Attendees then stayed for lunch, informal discussion, and networking.

 

  SPIE Advanced Lithography

Women in Optics Lunch
Wednesday 28 February 2018 | 12:00 to 1:00 PM
San Jose, California

Martha Sanchez
Informal discussions and networking with other women in the field occurred at this lunch during Advanced Lithography 2018. Welcome and opening remarks were provided by Martha Sanchez from IBM Research.



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