The UCSB Student Chapter was given the 2017 Most Innovative Chapter of the Year award by the IEEE Photonics Society! We were the first student chapter to win the award, which had previously been awarded to professional and joint chapters
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:
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.
This summer, local photonics companies Aurrion & Freedom Photonics sponsored a beach BBQ with the Photonics Society! Both of these companies were founded by UCSB alumni, and are on the forefront of cutting edge photonics research.
Four local companies were represented, along with UCSB research groups from the physics, electrical engineering and materials departments.
Free food & drink & a beach barbecue were enjoyed by the families and children of these local photonics researchers, with more than 50 people attending in total.
Our first outreach event was highly successful! Of course, a Goleta beach barbecue rarely fails.
About 20 people attended, the president grilled, the vice lectured and Professor Bowers came by to say hi and enjoy the festivities.
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.