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Student Chapter Leadership Workshop

The Optics + Photonics 2009 Student Chapter Leadership Workshop was the spot to meet and network with peers in optics from around the world!

The 8th annual two-day workshop began early Saturday morning when 130 students from around the world gathered to share experiences and ideas. The morning was lively as students were quickly divided into groups for a few short games designed to enhance interactions and relieve anxieties.

Rachel Won, Editor of Nature Photonics, joined SPIE President María Yzuel and other presenters in sharing insights and information about networking, project management, and leadership skills with the 130 student attendees. Won talked about her career path from student to professional, stressing the assistance provided by SPIE along the way. Yzuel thanked the students for their dedication to optics and photonics, and encouraged them to continue their commitment by applying their energy and knowledge to solving the world’s problems in the future.

A panel of experts from academia, industry, and government led a discussion on career choices Sunday morning, and speakers in four breakout sessions coached students in publishing, communication, and conference organization.Well over 100 students packed the Marriott Marina Ballroom for the keynote luncheon on Sunday. SPIE CEO Eugene Arthurs presented a well-received talk titled "Musings on the Future." Arthurs spoke about differing career paths down which the students' education could lead them, and urged them to not be "type-cast," and to ruminate on what really drives their passions. "The last century was the century of electronics," Arthurs said, "but the 21st Century belongs to photons."

Presentations from the workshop are available for download below. See photos from the workshop and keep up-to-date on future student events by following our Facebook page and Twitter feed.

Leadership Workshop Day 1
By Invitation Only
8:00 Breakfast + Conference Check-in
9:00 Welcome + Introduction Activities
9:45 What's New at SPIE?
  What can SPIE and Student Services do for you? - Future directions for the student program.
10:15 Break
10:30 Leadership Talk + Discussion
  Learn skills that will help you effectively motivate groups.
11:45 Welcome from SPIE Leadership
  Prof. Maria Yzuel, 2009 SPIE President
12:00 Lunch + Group Photo
1:15 From Student to Professional
  Dr. Rachel Won talks about her career path to editor of Nature Photonics.
2:30 Awards Presentation
  Announcement of the winners of the Website Competition and showing of the judges' choice Edukit video.
2:45 Break
3:00 Project Management Talk + Discussion
  Don't let your projects own you. It is possible to accomplish big things and stay sane. We will apply the skills from this brief talk to group defined projects.
4:15 Group Debrief / Presentation
  Groups present their mapped and managed project.
5:00 Wrap-Up
  Reminders for Chapter Exhibitors and Officer Travel Grant Winner reimbursements

Leadership Workshop Day 2
Open to All Students
9:00 Career Choices Panel Discussion
  Marina E -Gain valuable insight into careers in optics/photonics at this panel discussion featuring representatives from academia, industry, and government.
  • Dr. Sarah Kurtz, National Renewable Energy Lab
  • Dr. James Grote, Air Force Research Lab
  • Prof. Fernando Mendoza Santoyo, Ctr. de Investigaciones en Optica
  • Dr. Upendra Singh, NASA Langley Research Center
  • Dr. David Stegall, 3M Co.
  • Dr. Katarina Svanberg, Lund University
10:30 Break-Out Sessions

Professional Development Skills (Carlsbad Room)


Professional Development Skills (Cardiff Room)

12:30 Keynote Luncheon
  Dr. Eugene Arthurs, SPIE CEO, outlines the state of the optics & photonics industry, and gives advice on current trends.