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Student Chapter Leadership Workshop

200 students invaded San Diego this year to take part in the 10th Annual Student Chapter Leadership Workshop at SPIE Optics + Photonics! The workshop began early on Saturday, 20 August at the San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina.

2011 Student Chapter Leadership Workshop

Given the large number of student attendees, chapter leaders were divided into two groups for the morning and afternoon sessions; alternating topics. Also, since this was the 10th annual workshop, SPIE Student Services invited ten chapter alumni to join the event as group facilitators. Click here to learn more about the alumni.

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Leadership Workshop Day 1

8:00  Breakfast and Workshop Check-in
9:00  Welcome and Overview

Opening remarks and a look at what SPIE and Student Services can do for you. Plus, future directions for the student program.

9:30  Chapter Problem Solving
    Chapter leaders worked in groups to come up with solutions to common chapter struggles. These solutions were then captured on video and can be found online here: (link not yet available).
  Team Management
  This year’s workshop was co-facilitated by Dr. Sherry Nooravi, Principal of Strategy Meets Performance. Dr. Nooravi presented some common problems associated with working in teams and offered practical solutions and case studies. With 16 years of experience in organizational development, change management, and leadership development, Sherry has worked with leaders of Fortune 500, small business, and public-sector companies. And now, SPIE.
12:00  Welcome from SPIE Leadership
    Dr. Katarina Svanberg, 2011 SPIE President, greeted the students and welcomed them to the conference.
12:15  Group Photo
12:30  Lunch
2:00  Chapter Problem Solving
  Team Management
4:30  Wrap-Up
    Reminders for Chapter Exhibitors and Officer Travel Grant Winners

Leadership Workshop Day 2
Open to All Students
9:00  Panel Discussion: Career Choices in Optics and Photonics
    Students gained valuable insight into careers in optics/photonics at this panel discussion featuring representatives from academia, industry, and government.
10:30  Break-Out Sessions
    Professional Development Skills (Carlsbad Room)
  • Starting and Running Your Own Company: an entrepreneurial case study of KHET The Laser Game - Michael Larson, Innovention Toys
  • 45 Minutes to Impact: an intensive seminar on crafting compelling research proposals - Damon Diehl, DIEHL Research Grant Services
    Professional Development Skills (Cardiff Room) 
  • Publishing a Journal Article - Akhlesh Lakhtakia, Pennsylvania State University
  • Job Search 101: strategies to make your job search successful - Suzanne Krinsky, Daylight Solutions
12:30  Keynote Luncheon
    Dr. Aydogan Ozcan, Univ. of California Los Angeles, spoke on Photonics based Telemedicine Technologies toward Smart Global Health Systems