Events - Seminars and Socials

We organize multiple events every year from seminars and lectures to visits to companies and local recreational sites - usually accompanied by refreshments!

Recent events included -

Aug. 23rd~28th, 2014: SPIE Optics + Photonics conference was attended by six members Shuo Zhao, Nikhil Mehta, Corey Janisch, Liu Liu, Chenji Zhang, Yizhu Chen, and Chapter advisor Dr. Zhiwen Liu. They shared their research results with other researchers, networked with their peers, and come up with new ideas that will lead to continued development in the field.

July 23rd, 2014: Industrial tour to Brimrose Corp. a world leader in Electro-Optic technology with OEM commercial and R&D activities located in Sparks, MD. The purpose of this tour was to enhance company visibility to our members. Brimrose showed us their recently developed spectral analysis products, and then our members interacted with the company engineers in aspects rerlated to research and career opportunities.

Apr. 25rd, 2014: SPIE 2014 officer elections were conducted introducing four new positions in order to expand outreach and publicity of the chapter along with presentation of the annual report by the outgoing President of the chapter.

April 2nd, 2014: Talk by Prof. Janos Voros, from the Bioelectronics department at ETH Zurich, titled 'Plasmonic Promises: Single molecule sensing, Electrochemistry, Nanowire electronics, Strain visualization and inteferometry' at 11 am in the Millenium Science Complex room 206N. The event was open to members as well as the rest of the scientific community at Penn State attracting a very large audience to discuss optical based tools for biosensing and neuroscience.

March 21st, 2014: STEM Education & Outreach event at Park Forest Middle School located in State College where members of the chapter demonstrated various optical phenomena in order to increase interest in science among students.

Feb. 22nd, 2014: 10-year anniversary of the chapter was celebrated with a visit to Tussey Mountain, PA for snow tubing and a fun day in the snow!

Nov. 6th, 2013: As a team building exercise and a fun scoal activity we visited the Northland Bowing center in State College for a night of pizza and bowling!

Oct. 17th, 2013: Talk by Mr. Benjamin Hall, president of Lasers for Innovative Solutions LLC., titled 'Laser ablation tomography' developed at Penn State. The talk invited attendees from various organizations on campus culminating in discussed of related techniques, potential applications and operation of a start-up company.