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Home > Press > IEEE Photonics Society Raises Industry Awareness Through New Global Initiatives: Collaborating with IEEE Women in Engineering and the launch of a chapter in New Delhi, the Society is focused on increasing member engagement and industry relevance

The IEEE Photonics Society (IPS), a leading global network of scientists and engineers representing the laser, optoelectronics and photonics community, continues to grow as a result of the launch of several new programs since the start of 2013.

IEEE Photonics Society Raises Industry Awareness Through New Global Initiatives: Collaborating with IEEE Women in Engineering and the launch of a chapter in New Delhi, the Society is focused on increasing member engagement and industry relevance

Piscataway, NJ | Posted on October 1st, 2013

"This year the IEEE Photonics Society is focusing on member engagement and industry relevance more than ever," says Richard Linke, Executive Director of the society. "We see our members as IEEE's eyes and ears out in the community, advocates who are representing our organization and society around the world."

The IEEE Photonics Society is actively participating in the National Photonics Initiative (NPI), a collaborative alliance of photonics associations seeking to unite industry, academia and government experts to identify and advance areas of photonics critical to maintaining US competitiveness and national security. A major focus of the initiative is the development of federal programs that encourage greater collaboration between US industry and academia. The alliance encourages an increase investment in education and job training programs for those interested in the photonics field.

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In addition to NPI, IPS is collaborating with IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) to showcase the volunteer efforts and dedication of their female members. Under the leadership of IEEE Fellow and IPS President-Elect, Dalma Novak, and IEEE Photonics Journal Editor-in-Chief, Carmen Menoni, the society's collaboration with WIE is designed to encourage women around the world to pursue careers in the photonics industry.

WIE plans to feature Novak in the December issue of IEEE WIE Magazine, which will detail her industry accomplishments, leadership roles, and her vision for the Society after she becomes president in 2014. Novak, as well as Menoni, will participate in WIE Live-Chats throughout the remainder of the year with the goal of spurring discussions that connect women engineers with the photonics community.

To participate in the Dalma Novak, IPS President-Elect, Live-Chat, visit at 10:30am EDT on October 11, 2013.

A new India-based chapter of IPS as well as the Workshop on Recent Advances in Photonics will be located at the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi, India. The biennial workshop, the first of which is planned for the 17th and 18th of December 2013, is intended to attract graduate students and other young researchers to the field of photonics - more specifically - advanced manufacturing, communications and information technology, defense and national security, health and medicine, and energy. Designed to motivate photonics-based innovation and research, the workshop will consist of expert presentations on the most recent advances and emerging technology trends.

"We hope this biennial event will help significantly toward incorporating the spirit of innovation about photonics in young Indian researchers," Linke says.

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Due to the expanding global nature of IPS and its need to stay connected with members, academia and industry professionals, the Society recently increased its online presence through social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and their new online newspaper, the IEEE Photonics Daily. IPS followers and subscribers on the web have immediate access to quick updates and micro-blogs on photonics research and innovation, IPS programs, educational opportunities, publications, membership news and upcoming conference information.

"IEEE Photonics Society hopes to offer the photonics community a place to network with peers, keep up with evolving tech news and have a voice in the industry," explained Lauren Mecum, IPS Membership Development Specialist.

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About IEEE Photonics Society (IPS)
The IEEE Photonics Society is one of the world’s leading technical communities in the field of optoelectronics and photonic materials, devices, and systems, with members and activities engaged in research, development, design, manufacture, and applications, as well as with the various other activities necessary for the useful expansion of the field. As part of this dynamic worldwide community, more than 100,000 photonics professionals actively organize, contribute to, and participate in Society technical conferences, journals and other activities covering all aspects of the field. The IEEE Photonics Society has 75+ worldwide chapters and is part of IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional association. The IEEE Photonics Society (IPS) is the current name for the former IEEE Lasers and Electro-Optics Society (LEOS). Learn more at

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