Students, professors, research staff, and industry professionals gathered at Goleta Beach Area D to catch up, talk about photonics, and make new connections while enjoying excellent food. The brisket and pork shoulder from Prof. Schow was the highlight of the event. There was good conversation with industry members from Nexus Photonics, Freedom Photonics, Quintessent, HPE, and Praevium. Newer students got a chance to interact with current grad students and industry. Wendy Ibsen talked about outreach opportunities. The event was a great success with approximately 70 attendees.
On Friday, May 27 at 5pm, graduate students, UCSB professors, and representatives from 10 local photonics companies gathered for a night of food and networking at the UCSB Corwin Pavilion. The Banquet began with a recruitment pitch for the Photonics Society followed by talks from Thorlabs, Nexus Photonics, and Raytheon Vision Systems who are all major sponsors of the Photonics Society this year. Thanks to their generous support, the photonics society was able to host this event and many other small events at no cost to attendees.
After a bountiful dinner, Professor Bowers co-hosted a talk with all of the companies in attendance to provide an overview of all the photonics opportunities in Santa Barbara. The presentation slides from Thorlabs, Nexus Photonics, Raytheon Vision Systems, and Professor Bowers can be accessed here. In his talk, Bowers showed work from Quintessent, OpenLight (prev. Aurrion), Morton Photonics, OE Solutions, Aeluma, Freedom Photonics, Ultra-Low Loss Technologies, Mirios, and Nexus Photonics. During his talk he passed the microphone to several of the industry members from these companies, giving them a chance to talk about their work. Industry members were excited to be back in person for networking and several were actively hiring students at the event.
Thanks again to our Sponsors and Parent Organizations!
Learn more about our sponsors by viewing their presentation slides.
Keynote Speaker - Dr. John Bowers
Learn more about Photonics in Santa Barbara by viewing the keynote presentation slides.
Dr. John Bowers is a world-leading researcher in the areas of silicon photonics, optoelectronics, energy efficiency and the development of novel low power optoelectronic devices for the next generation of optical networks. Dr. Bowers worked for AT&T Bell Laboratories and Honeywell before joining UC Santa Barbara. At UCSB, he holds the Fred Kavli Chair in Nanotechnology and is the Director of the Institute for Energy Efficiency and a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His research interests include silicon photonics and integrated circuits, fiber optic networks, thermoelectrics, high efficiency solar cells, and optical switching. He is a cofounder of Aurrion, Aerius Photonics and Calient Networks. He has published two books, ten book chapters, 450 journal papers, 1000 conference papers and has received 54 patents. He and coworkers received the EE Times Annual Creativity in Electronics (ACE) Award for Most Promising Technology for the hybrid silicon laser in 2007.
Member of :
National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Inventors
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Optical Society of America (OSA), American Physical Society (APS), American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Nick Holonyak, Jr. Award, Optical Society (OSA); IEEE Photonics Award; Tyndall Award (OSA/IEEE ); IEEE LEOS William Streifer Award; International Conference on Indium Phosphide and Related Materials (IPRM) Award; Highly Cited Researchers List, Web of Science Group; South Coast Business and Technology's Entrepreneur of the Year
American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics, Institute for Energy Efficiency
PhD Stanford University
MS Stanford University
The 2019 Photonics Society Summer BBQ was filled with good food and drinks. Thanks to everyone who came!
Goleta Beach Area D on July 25 at 5pm
The 3rd Santa Barbara Photonics Banquet took place on:
Tuesday June 4th, 6pm at Corwin Pavilion @ UCSB
See the event page for more info:
SB Photonics Banquet 2019
Thursday, Jan. 17th, 12 pm, ESB 1001
If you're interested in joining, get a head start by joining one of our parent professional organizations: IEEE Photonics Society, OSA, or SPIE!
Join us for our Summer BBQ!
What: BBQ for the photonics community
When: Thursday Sept. 29th, 4:00pm
Where: Goleta Beach, Area C (click for photo)
Please join us at Goleta beach to meet the local photonics community and enjoy some good eats! We will enjoy sous vide Tri-Tip (prepared by Michael Belt) and drinks & refreshments. Thanks to our sponsor who is making this year's BBQ possible, SoraaLaser in Goleta.
2nd Annual Photonics Society Banquet
When: Wednesday May 4th, 6pm
Where: Mosher Alumni House at UCSB
Presented in collaboration with AIM Photonics!
Graduate Students: FREE
Dinner & Drinks included (21+ Only)
The 2016 banquet was hosted in collaboration with the American Institute of Manufacturing: Photonics. Dean of the College of Engineering Rod Alferness talked about UCSB being the west coast hub for National Photonics Manufacturing Institute
Here are a few pictures for the imaginative photonics community at Santa Barbara:
See our 2014 Banquet here.
Joshua Smith From Cal State Fullerton delivered a fantastic keynote lecture on the recent detection of Gravitational Waves at LIGO.
On September 14, 2015 the two detectors of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) detected gravitational waves from the coalescence of a binary system of black holes. This discovery could not have been made without a century of advances in optical technology and precision metrology. I will give an overview of gravitational waves and LIGO, describe the optics involved and current optical challenges, discuss the discovery of gravitational waves from a merging binary black hole system, and end with prospects for future gravitational- wave observations.
Joshua Smith directs the Gravitational-Wave Physics and Astronomy Center (GWPAC) and is an associate professor of physics at California State University, Fullerton. He was born in Indian Lake, NY and attended Syracuse University, graduating with a BSc in 2002. He earned his doctorate in 2006 from the University of Hannover's Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics / Albert Einstein Institute for his work on the GEO600 gravitational-wave detector. Prior to joining Fullerton in 2010, he was a postdoctoral research associate at Syracuse University.
Currently, Smith is active in gravitational research, astronomy education research, and teaching physics and astronomy. His research is focused on detecting gravitational waves from astronomical sources using LIGO in collaboration with colleagues in GWPAC and in the international LIGO Scientific Collaboration.
Additionally, look forward to talks by our sponsors:
Social Time & Dinner: Appetizers & Drinks (one complimentary drink is included with ticket)
Keynote: Joshua Smith: Using optics and precision metrology in LIGO to measure black hole mergers from across the universe
AIM-Photonics: Dean of Engineering Rod Alferness
Talks from Sponsors: Hewlett Packard Labs, Freedom Photonics
The Balcony & Library will be set aside for Networking/Socializing.
When: Friday Aug. 28th, 4–7pm
Where: Goleta Beach: Picnic Tables (West)
Please join us next Friday for a free barbecue at goleta beach! Just walk down the bluffs from UCSB engineering after your work day, and enjoy some free grilled eats with your fellow photonics researchers.
Please RSVP so we can plan food quantities, by signing up at this web page.
This event was made possible thanks to Praevium Research, Inc., who have kindly sponsored the barbecue.
What: First annual UCSB Photonics Society Banquet
When: Thursday April 24th, 6pm
Where: UCSB Mosher Alumni House (map)
The first annual Photonics Society Banquet was held on April 24th, at the Mosher Alumni house on the campus of the University of California Santa Barbara. The banquet is intended for Photonics scientists from academia and industry to get together, while also learning about early photonics research in the Santa Barbara area. The event includes a social hour and catered dinner (included in ticket).
Following a dinner & social hour, Dr. Jerry Wyss of Toyon Inc. delivered a lecture on
"Photonic RF Antennas in the Goleta Valley - A Historical Perspective".
Dr. Jonathan Doylend from Intel also presented, giving some insight into Intel's photonics research.
The event sold out, with about 70 people attending.
We hosted 10 different companies and 11 research groups (and 2 non-UCSB universities), comprising 21 different photonics groups in the Santa Barbara area!
See some photographs from the event below!
This event was made possible by generous support from Intel Corp., HP Labs, IEEE and the UCSB Graduate Student Association.
Thanks to our sponsors, the event was free for grad. students, and only $15 for non-students.
Thorlabs designs and produces a variety of optomechanical and optoelectronic components in 15 facilities around the globe. Thorlabs seeks to listen and serve its customers with over 20,000 products available.
Founded in 2018, Nexus Photonics has developed integrated photonics ready to scale. Smaller, lighter and faster, their platform outperforms industry benchmarks, and operates in an ultra-broadband wavelength range from ultraviolet to infrared to support a wide breadth of practical applications.