The UCSB Student Chapter was given the 2016 Chapter of the Year award by the IEEE Photonics Society!
The Photonics Society at UCSB is the first student chapter to ever receive this award, which includes professional (non-student) chapters from around the world. We are honored to receive the award and hope that the recognition will help us to expand our activities, and better serve the local photonics community.
Check out articles about our society's award in the news:
Our 2nd Annual Banquet was held on Wednesday May 4th! The photonics community at Santa Barbara were ecstatic.
Please see the main event page for more info, such as speakers, location etc.
UCSB will be holding a Year of Light Symposium on October 8th 2015.
Please see the event page for more info!
This week on Friday (August 28, 2015) we hosting a free BBQ at Goleta beach for Photonics Researchers!
Just walk down from UCSB Engineering at the end of the day on Friday and enjoy some free grilled goodies with your fellow researchers.
See the Event page for more details!
And please RSVP to help us plan the food, at this page.
We are grateful to Praevium Research for sponsoring the BBQ and making it possible.
Photos from last year's barbecue - some members have since been hired by the sponsoring companies!
The UCSB Photonics Society is looking for graduate students who would like to be involved with the society, as we pursue expansion and new events.
See the Event page for more information.
We will be holding an informational meeting on
Tuesday July 7th at 5:00PM
Location: Eng. Sciences Room 2001
(Pizza will be provided.)
We are starting to plan our Photonics Society Banquet for the Fall of 2015, which was such a huge success last year. Many community members and students have requested that we hold the banquet again this year, so we plan to do so!
This year we are planning a much larger event as part of the International Year of Light celebrations!
Please come if you're interested in becoming involved!
The upcoming lecture by Dr. Daniel Renner, currently at Freedom Photonics in Santa Barbara, aims to illuminate graduate students as to what life at a small photonics company really looks like.
Most interestingly, Dr. Renner intends to discuss some of the numerous skills necessary for such work that are rarely, if ever, taught in graduate school, all through the lens of his almost 4 decades in the photonics industry.
Please see the Events Page for more information!
The talk will be on Wednesday June 3rd at 12:30pm. Lunch will be provided.
On October 21st, researchers at UCSB's Photonics Society celebrated the international Day of Photonics!
Faculty advisor Dr. John Bowers (top-left), his research group and the UCSB Photonics Society members at the university sport their Photonics Society T-Shirts to commemorate the day.
Check the Events Page to see upcoming Lectures & Events for 2014.
You can also find photos and slides sets from past events.
The first annual UCSB Photonics Society Banquet was held on Thursday April 24th, 6pm at the UCSB Mosher Alumni House!
All photonics researchers & engineers in the area were invited, both academic & industry. The event sold out, drawing 70 people from 21 different photonics groups in the area (10 companies & 11 research groups), almost 50/50 academia & industry.
Check out the Event page for more info & photographs from the banquet.