Hello fellow Photonics scientists!
I have been charged with launching a UCSB student chapter of the IEEE Photonics Society, and would like you all to join!
At it's inception, the primary perk would be that we can invite your favorite or most esteemed lecturers to give talks at UCSB. With Prof. Bowers as the faculty advisor and the beautiful Santa Barbara weather, I'm sure that we can convince some interesting people to come and tell us about their research!
Become a Founding Member by pledging your support, strengthening the bond between photonics researchers at UCSB! Membership to the IEEE Photonics Society, if you aren't already a member, is a measly $15 per year. We need at least 6 members to qualify for IEEE support. With membership, you'll also receive a hard copy of the IEEE Photonics Society Newsletter 6 times a year. Check out http://photonicssociety.org/content/member-benefits for details. Please email me if you'd like to join, and I'll come to you with the official form to sign.
A somewhat broader benefit would be that PhoSoc members would be introduced to some of the extremely varied research done even within these three groups, either through lectures from members or through social gatherings funded by the broader IEEE PS. We eventually hope to include the broader photonics research groups on the UCSB campus, which includes chemical engineers (polymer solar cells/LEDs), visual-wavelength work (GaN photonics) and physicists (numerous applications).
If any of you are interested in further involvement with this nascent society (and with getting some extra credentials on your C.V.), we could definitely use an hour/two per week of website, organizational or other help.
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