Invited Speaker – Dr. Federico Capasso

On November 5th, we had our invited speaker event. Dr. Federico Capasso from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University gave a talk on Flat Optics Based on Metasurfaces. Student members also had the opportunity to go to lunch with the speaker.

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General Interest Meeting Friday, September 21st

Our yearly General Interest Meeting will be Friday, September 21st from noon-1 PM in Goergen 108. Come learn about what we do and also get a free lunch as well as some other free stuff that we’ll be giving away and raffling off!

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Speakers Wanted for SPIE Summer Colloquium Series

Summer’s here and you know what that means! It’s time for our annual Summer Colloquium Series and we’re looking for students to give talks on their research. These talks will be held on Wednesdays from noon-1 PM and should be about 20 minutes long with time for questions. The topics of these talks can range from recent achievements to current challenges being faced. Student talks will begin June 13th and are currently scheduled through August 15th. If you are interested in giving a talk, please sign up on the Doodle poll below with what dates you are available.

We’ll also be kicking off our series on June 6th with a talk by Dr. Jen Kruschwitz. More details on that to come! See you there!

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International Day of Light 2018 @ URMC

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May 16th was the International Day of Light. Members from our chapter presented Optics demos to school children and parents alike visiting the Rochester Museum and Science Center. Demos included ones on lenses, holograms, filters, thin films, and a homemade … Continue reading

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Welcome New Officers for ’18-’19!

On May 4th we had our elections for our new officers for the coming year. The results were:
President: Di Xu
Vice President: Ashan Ariyawansa
Secretary: Sara Gearhart
Treasurer: Nicholas Takaki
Communication Officer: Katie Dunn
Web Admin: Robert Draham

Thank you to all of the officers who served in the previous year.

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Solar Eclipse in Rochester NY

On August 21st the SPIE chapter welcomed enthusiastic crowd of students, teachers and more in the engineering quad in front of Goergen Hall to observe the solar eclipse. Rochester didn’t disappoint and delivered it’s signature gloomy early fall weather. Despite of the cloud coverage though, the event was a joy for professionals and hobbyists alike.

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Ask a Scientist at Brighton Farmers Market

The Brighton Farmers Market hosted an “Ask a Scientist” table during their summer market on June 25th. It was an exciting opportunity to get some new young and not so young minds excited about optics. And as expected, it was a ton of fun. Make sure to not miss the next one that will take place on September 24th

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Summer Colloquium Series

We kicked off our summer colloquium series with a great talk by Dr. Miguel Alonso this week. We will continue the series every week during the summer. The time is 12:00 pm every Wednesday and the place is Wilmot 116. Don’t miss out on some awesome optics! Stay tuned for more exciting speakers visiting us soon!

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Elections, Tacos and the new E-Board

On April 21st we had our annual SPIE e-board elections. In a newly introduced (but hopefully lasting) tradition, dozens upon dozens of tacos were sacrificed to receive inspiration for the choice of our new officers. Welcome to our new e-board – Antony Yee, Trevor O’Loughlin, Di Xu, Robert Draham, Sara earhart and Daniel Nikolov!

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SPIE Optics outreach at the Girl Scouts STEM-a-palooza

This past Saturday afternoon of April the 8th, the SPIE outreach committee and volunteers performed optics related demos for the Girl Scouts of Western New York as part of their STEM-a-palooza event. The demos included polarizers, diffraction gratings, liquid crystal patches, as well as silicon wafers vs. silica lens.

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