Prismatic Magic

On March 12th and 13th, members of our student chapter visited local middle schools promoting the wonders of optics through an educational laser show. The show was presented by Prismatic Magic and sponsored by SPIE International. It was a great and unique opportunity for outreach and we are grateful to both the local and global optics communities for supporting us in this.

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Vuzix Tour

On February 22nd, members from the student chapter went on a tour of Vuzix. This company develops AR/VR glasses and is local to Rochester.

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Girl Scout STEM Superstar

On February 9th, the SPIE student chapter participated in the STEM Superstar event on campus. Members from our chapter presented optics demos to many Girl Scouts from local troops.

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Welcome Back Party

On Friday January 25th, we had our Welcome Back party complete with baking contest. We had a lot of great food and desserts with great company. The winners of the contest were Janet Hrdina and David Lippman who went home with an SPIE Field Guide of their choice!

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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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