Harnessing Light II provides a current assessment of optics, photonics, and optical engineering in the United States, prioritizes research grand-challenge questions to fill technological gaps, and recommends actions to support global leadership in photonics-driven industry. The report, conducted by the NRC Board on Manufacturing and Engineering Design, recommended that the federal government develop a "National Photonics Initiative" to bring together academia, industry, and government to steer federal research and development funding and activities.
Following one of the report's key recommendations, SPIE and four other photonics and optics societies launched the National Photonics Initiative (NPI), a collaborative alliance among industry, academia and government. The NPI effort is being led by founding sponsors SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, and The Optical Society
(OSA), and sponsored by three additional societies -- the American Physical Society
(APS), the IEEE Photonics Society
, and the Laser Institute of America
(LIA). As noted on the NPI website, the goals of the Initiative are to: • raise awareness of photonics and the impact of photonics in our everyday lives • increase cooperation and coordination among US industry, government and academia to advance photonics-driven fields • drive US funding and investment in areas of photonics critical to maintaining US economic competitiveness and national security.
Description: This congress is ICO's most important scientific and technical meeting. It is organized every three years and reports on the latest advances and innovations in optics and related areas. During the 2014 General Congress, top-level specialists delivered keynote speeches and commercial company exhibitors were present. The U.S. Delegation to the General Congress included H. Philip Stahl, Duncan T. Moore, James Harrington, Erich Ippen, and Joseph J. Niemela.
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- Jim Harrington was reelected as ICO Treasurer.
- Joe Neimela, a U.S. physicist currently working at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy was elected Vice President.
SPIE Photonics West 2015
SPIE Photonics West 2015 will be held February 7-12, 2015 in San Francisco, CA. The conference will include 20,000 attendees, two exhibitions, and 1,250 exhibiting companies. Papers will be presented in a range of topics that include biomedical optics, biophotonics, translational research, industrial lasers, 3D printing, optoelectronics, microfabrication, and MOEMS-MEMS. Accepted research will be published in the SPIE Digital Library. More information can be found on the SPIE Photonics West 2015 conference website.