2023 opens a new chapter for each of us, and it’s fitting to frame the year with the inspiring stories of women who’ve forged their own paths to make a difference in our world through science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). There have been bumps and challenges— and what many would describe as darkness— in our global community in recent times, but these problem-solvers, collaborators, and changemakers remind us that our future is full of light.
Take the time to soak in the full spectrum of their voices and journeys. Learn from their experiences of overcoming adversity and moving us forward. Harness their passion for creation and discovery.
May their narratives remind us to strive for equity, diversity, and inclusion in our classrooms, laboratories, conference rooms, and board rooms. May they inspire future generations of female pioneers in optics and photonics. And may they lead to many new, hopeful, and bright beginnings.
Professor, University of Arizona
2023 SPIE President-Elect
Head of Engineering and Special Projects
Business Development Director and Acting Sales & Marketing Director
Associate Professor (Senior Research Fellow)
Assistant Professor, Head of Laboratory of Optical Information Processing, Vice-Dean for Students Affairs
Nominations for the 2024 planner closed on 24 February 2023. Thank you to all who submitted a nomination this year! The selection process is underway. The nomination form for the 2025 planner will open in Fall 2023.