Summer colloquium series // A Short Review of Optical Imaging in Ophthalmology

The UR SPIE chapter will continue its Summer Student Colloquium Series on Tuesday with Aizhong Zhang, who will be talking about “A Short Review of Optical Imaging in Ophthalmology”.

When: Tuesday, June 28, 12PM
Where: Goergen 101

As a note, snacks will be provided courtesy of SPIE! Hope to see you there!

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We are kicking off our summer colloquium series!

With free pizza, of course.

On Tuesday, June 21st, the UR SPIE student chapter will be kicking off its annual Summer Colloquium series. The first talk of the series has been jointly organized by SPIE and the new student group “Students for Science Advocacy”.

When: Tuesday, June 21, 12pm
Where: B&L 109

Prof. Duncan Moore will discuss the role of a PhD Engineer in the US Senate and White House in the Office of Science and Technology, how to get involved and what is expected of someone in this position.

We look forward to seeing you there! And remember, if you would like to give talk as part of our summer series, you can reach us at The top two speakers from the series will be awarded with prizes!

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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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