About SPIE

SPIE is a not-for-profit international professional society for optics and photonics technology, founded in 1955. It organizes technical conferences, trade exhibitions, and continuing education programs for researchers and developers in the light-based fields of physics, including, but not limited to: optics, photonics, and related sciences and engineering. 

Our chapter consists of a diverse group of both undergraduate and graduate students. We welcome all students from all levels of development or background, from first-year undergraduates to upper-level PhD graduates. We have students from many disciplines, as well. From chemistry to mechanical engineering and everywhere in between, all you need is an interest in optics and photonics!

Meetings & Events

Our chapter holds meetings monthly. Typically, we have a colloquium followed by a meeting to discuss chapter business or events. Speakers may include local business representatives from area optics and photonics companies, student talks on research or topics of interest, and more. Refreshments are always served! This semester we will be doing pizza. 

In addition to our monthly meetings, we also host events each month. Typical events may include invited guest speakers, participating in area science outreach (such as the Science Olympiad for middle schoolers), and local company tours. In addition, we also are listing OpTec Colloquiums, which may interest members who would like to learn more about current optics and photonics research happening around the world. These colloquium speakers are invited by MSU faculty and speak on the research they do. These are catered events, as well. 

Spring 2018 Schedule

Upcoming Events

  • Wednesday, February 21st, 2018, 5:00-6:00 PM
    • What: Meeting
    • Where: 330 Cobleigh (Lloyd Berg Conference Room)
    • Speaker: Christie Bell, MTIP (Montana Technology Innovation Partnership)
    • Topic: In this talk, Bell will be speaking about the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) federal grant.  MTIP offers free technical assistance to help individuals and organizations access the SBIR.
  • Thursday, February 22nd, 2018, 4:10-5:00 PM
    • What: OpTeC Colloquium (SPIE Guest Speaker)
    • Where: 210 Roberts
    • Speaker: Cody Youngbull, Research Professor at University of Montana, Flathead Lake Biological Station Director
    • Topic: Emulsion Droplet Microfluidics for Digital Quantification of eDNA: Automatic Detection of Invasive Species
    • Abstract: Dr. Youngbull will speak about a novel field instrument for detecting the presence and activity of life from environmental water and air samples. The instrument is based on emulsion droplet microfluidic technology which allows for digital quantification by stochastic fluorescence signal detection. The instrument was developed at Flathead Lake Biological Station (FLBS) and is currently being deployed in the fight against the invasion of non-native freshwater mussels here in Montana. At the end of the talk, Dr. Youngbull will be presenting SensorSpace: A Cutting-Edge NSF Facility for Environmental Sensor Education, Design, Prototyping, Production, and Deployment. FLBS is offering a NASA Montana Space Grant supported internship and for-credit Summer classes and hands-on training in the development of embedded systems and sensors for ecological monitoring. 
  • Thursday, March 1st, 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 4:30-7:00 PM
    • What: MSU Family Science Day "NanoLand"
    • Where: SUB Ballrooms
    • About: Volunteer to give kids an introduction to nanotechnology. The morning section will be hosting classes from local middle schools, while the evening section will be open to the public. There will be setup and cleanup before and after. More information about the evening event is at the link here.
    • If you are interested in volunteering, email Prof. Wataru Nakagawa (wataru.nakagawa@ece.montana.edu) and specify which time block you are available. You may volunteer for both time blocks, and if you need to arrive late or leave early to either block you may, as long as you are there for most of the time period.
  • Wednesday, March 7th, 2018, 5:00-6:00 PM
    • What: Meeting
    • Where: 330 Cobleigh (Lloyd Berg Conference Room)
    • Speaker: TBA
    • Topic: TBA
  • Thursday, March 8th, 2018, 8:00 AM - 2:30 PM
    • What: Engineer-a-thon
    • Where: Shroyer Gym, Marga Hosaeus Fitness Center
    • About: Volunteer at the SPIE booth at this event. Demonstrate to participating students how polarized materials and other light filters interact with infrared light. If interested, please sign up using the link below.
    • Sign up to volunteer here. Available shifts are 1 hour long (set up), 3 hours long (first session), and 2 1/2 hours long (second session and take down).
  • Thursday, March 22nd, 2018, 4:00 PM
    • What: OpTeC Colloquium (SPIE Guest Speaker)
    • Where: 210 Roberts
    • Speaker: Dr. Christopher Middlebrook
    • Topic: Careers in Optics, Photonics, and Engineering; Graduate School vs. Industry
    • About: Dr. Middlebrook will talk about various options including both industrial and graduate school that are available to engineering/science students pursuing degrees with an emphasis in the areas of optics and photonics. From the industrial perspective, how you can market yourself to employers showcasing your core engineering science background while also promoting your specialization in optics and photonics. In terms of graduate school, what are the key steps in identifying and gaining admission to a university and program that best suits your personal and research interests. The two paths, graduate school vs. industry, will be contrasted with a discussion on pursuing both concurrently.
  • Wednesday, April 18th, 2018, 5:00-6:00 PM
    • What: Meeting
    • Where: 330 Cobleigh (Lloyd Berg Conference Room)
    • Speaker: Dr. Ioannis Roudas, Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
    • Topic: TBA

Past Events

  • Wednesday, February 7th, 2018, 5:00-6:00 PM
    • What: Meeting
    • Where: 330 Cobleigh (Lloyd Berg Conference Room)
    • Speaker: Margaret Ramsden, Director of Education, Children's Museum of Bozeman
    • Topic: Children's Museum of Bozeman and Science Education
    • About: Ramsden will be speaking on the observations of the current science education climate in the area. Additionally, she will speak on behalf of the Museum for their plans, events and exhibits for the coming year.
  • Friday, January 12th, 2018 through Thursday, January 25th, 2018, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Monday-Friday
    • What: Holography Show
    • Where: 215 Barnard
    • Topic: Bring family and friends to see various forms of holograms, optical illusions, and other fun exhibits at this self-guided tour open to the public. This event is produced by Paul Rugheimer, Ph.D, Assistant Teaching Professor from the Physics Department.
  • Thursday, January 25th, 2018, 3:10-4:00 PM
    • What: Master's in Optics and Photonics Thesis Defense
    • Where: 258 Barnard (Dayton Conference Room)
    • Speaker: Ryan Galloway, M.S. in Optics and Photonics candidate at Montana State University
    • Topic: Galloway, current Vice President of this SPIE Student Chapter, will defend his thesis entitled, “Coherent Imaging Via Temporal Heterodyne and Spatial Shearing Methods”.
  • Wednesday, January 17th, 2018, 5:00-6:00 PM
    • What: Meeting
    • Where: 330 Cobleigh (Lloyd Berg Conference Room)
    • Speaker: Ryan Galloway, M.S. in Optics and Photonics student at Montana State University
    • Topic: Galloway will give his talk, “Intro to Coherent Imaging”.  Coherent imaging is a way to recover the amplitude and phase of an optical field. With this information, one can use Fourier optics methods to create an image of an object, using the amplitude and phase of the coherent light that scattered off of it. He will talk about how this is done in terms of a common coherent imaging technique, Off-Axis Digital Holography. This discussion will be continued in more detail in his upcoming M.S. Thesis defense.
Last updated: 2/12/2018