Summer colloquium seeking speakers!

It’s that time of the year again! The UR SPIE is gearing up for the Summer Student Colloquium Series!

On Tuesdays throughout the summer, beginning June 21st, we will be having a lunch-hour colloquium series during which one or two students can present their research to their peers. We welcome students in all departments working with light-related technology to present!

Colloquium speakers will have the experience of giving a talk to fellow students and gain insight and feedback on their work. You can even use this as a venue to practice a talk you plan to give at an upcoming conference. In addition, there will be prizes awarded to the top two speakers at the SPIE General Interest Meeting in September!

If you are interested, please send us an email at

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Newly elected officers for the 2016-2017 year

SPIE University of Rochester Student Chapter held its annual e-board officer election on Friday, April 22nd of 2016. The officers for the 2016 to 2017 year are as follows. You can find short bios about each of our officers on the “About us > Officers” page.

President: Anthony Vella

Vice president: Anthony Yee

Treasurer: Robert Draham

Secretary: Kaitlin Wozniak

Communications officer: Trevor O’Loughlin

Web administrator: Di Xu

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Girl Scouts STEM-A-Palooza

On Saturday April 16, UR SPIE Chapter members brought some optics-related demonstrations to the Girl Scouts of Western New York STEM-A-Palooza event! If we had known it would be so sunny, we would have brought more outdoor demos! The FLIR camera and “stained glass” polarization demos were both big hits. Another successful day!

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If you’d like to get involved with future outreach events, please email and/or contact members of the Outreach Committee!

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Election day is here!

We are holding our annual e-board elections this Friday, April 22nd. If you would like to serve as an officer for the upcoming year, now’s your time to shine! And also, free food.

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Laser tag with the RIT OSA/SPIE Chapter

The UR SPIE Chapter and the OSA/SPIE Chapter of RIT met up for a game of laser tag and CyberSports this Friday, April 15th. As a way to give back to our members, we covered the entire ticket price for the first ten members to sign up for the event. It was a blast and everyone present had a lot of fun, with feedback hoping that this can be a semesterly event for the coming year.

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Visit to Vuzix

This past two Fridays, April 1st and April 8th, the SPIE UR Student Chapter visited Vuzix, an optics company headquartered right here in Rochester. Vuzix is a leading developer of smart glasses and video eyewear, with products for both the consumer market and its industry partners. The tour, lead by Robert Shultz (Head of Optics Research and Development), included detailed presentations on the company as well as demos on current and in-development technology.

Apart from the office cubicles, the clean room, the various testing labs, and the kitchen foyer where we were fed pizza, in an effort to “bring in a bit of the west coast” to the office, Vuzix also has a game room complete with foosball and a HTC virtual reality set.

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Laser Tag with RIT!

On Friday April 15th, 9 PM, we will be joining RIT’s OSA/SPIE Student Chapter for some awesome Laser Tag Fun at LaserTron in Henrietta!

We have two activities booked:
1) 26 min. game of laser tag (we have the whole field booked);
2) CyberSport (5 vs. 5 game combining lacrosse and basketball, played on custom Cyber cars)

UR SPIE will be subsidizing the cost, so for each player the cost is $13/person for the night. Since we are going at 9 PM, there won’t be young kids around (wait, we are not young kids anymore?!) and the bar will be open and alcohol can be purchased if you are of age.

We are capping this event at 20 students. If you are interested, please sign up at the link HERE! Deadline for sign-ups is Tuesday April 12th. Then we will contact everyone regarding rides and money.

Please let us know if you have any questions!


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Introducing the Amazon SPIEcho!






Happy April Fool’s Day everyone. Hope you had a good laugh.

(For real though, you should join us.)

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Dinner with SPIE President-elect Dr. Glenn Boremann

This past Tuesday, the SPIE President-elect Dr. Glenn Boremann visited the Student Chapter as part of his trip for the Institute of Optics’ spring Industrial Associates event. The Chapter officers, committee chairs, and several student members enjoyed dinner with him at a Rochester favorite, the Dinosaur BBQ.

Dr. Glenn Boremann is Professor and Chair of the Department of Physics and Optical Science, and the Director for the Center for Optoelectronics & Optical Communications at UNC Charlotte. He is an alumni of the University of Rochester Institute of Optics, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree.

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Company visit to Vuzix

Vuzix See-Through Tac-Eye

We are organizing another company visit! This time, its a local Rochester optics company specializing in VR technology, Vuzix. Lunch will be provided and the company has requested that students bring their resumes! This trip is capped at 20 people, so please sign up below by Monday March 28th. We will keep a waitlist so please keep signing up even if the 20 cap has been reached.

In addition to bringing your resume to the tour, you are also welcome to email a copy ahead of time to so Vuzix can review it beforehand. There is no penalty if you prefer to only bring a paper copy day-of, just don’t forget to do so! (even if you email ahead of time)

DATE AND TIME: Friday, April 1st, 10 am EST
SIGN UP LINK: click here (by Monday March 28th)

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