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 2019 Schedule

Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019, 5:00-6:00 PM
    • What: Meeting
    • Where: 329 Norm Asbjornson Hall
    • Topic: During this meeting we will discuss plans for this semester, including volunteer opportunites, an upcoming optics company tour, and organizing informal socials. Members and newcomers can suggest speakers or topics for future meetings. We will also discuss an open SPIE officer position for anyone interested.

Past Events

  • Monday, November 19th, 2018, 5:00-9:00 PM
    • What: STEM Fun Night (Science Olympiad)
    • Where: Museum of the Rockies
    • About: Volunteer at this event to share optics with Science Olympiad participants! Run a booth with optics-related demonstrations and share your interest in optics with middle school and high school students. If interested, please add your name to the sign up sheet through the link below.
    • Sign up to volunteer here. Shifts are one hour long, with 5-6 PM for setup. The main event runs from 6 to 9 PM.
  • Thursday, November 8th, 2018, 5:30-8:30 PM
    • What: STEM Night Outreach Event
    • Where: Heck/Quaw Elementary School, Belgrade
    • About: Volunteer at this event to showcase optics to elementary school students! Run a booth with optics-related demonstrations and share your interest in optics. If interested, please add your name to the sign up sheet through the link below.
    • Sign up to volunteer here. People will be offering rides for those who can not travel to Belgrade themselves. The group will leave at about 5 PM. Setup will be from 5:30-6:00 PM, and the event will run from 6:00-8:00 PM. Depending on availability, there may be a ride for people to volunteer for only the second half of the event.
  • Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018, 5:00-6:00 PM
    • What: Meeting
    • Where: 330 Cobleigh (Lloyd Berg Conference Room)
    • Speaker: Dr. David Dickensheets, Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
    • Topic: Dr. Dickensheets will discuss his research in the field of microdevice and optical instrument development.
  • Optical Bench Basics Workshops
    • What: Workshops for students interested in optics and photonics
    • Details: The Optical Bench Basics workshops are designed for both graduate and undergraduate students who are interested in working in research in optics and photonics. These workshops are designed to introduce students to some important concepts in optics and photonics, as well as to also give hands-on experience with an optical bench and the corresponding typical components and methods.  The workshops are as follows:
      • 5th September at 4:00 PM -- Detectors with Prof. Brian D'Urso
      • 20th September at 4:00 PM -- Geometric Optics with Prof. Joseph Shaw
      • 25th and 27th September at 4:00 PM -- Interferometry with Prof. Charles Kankelborg
      • 3rd October at 5:30 PM -- Laser Systems and Safety with Mr. Trent Berg
    • If you are interested in attending any of the workshops, please request a spot by filling out this form and SPIE will email you with the details.  Each session is expected to run for about 2 hours. If you have any questions, or would like more information, please email SPIE at spie.msu.secretary@gmail.com.
  • Tuesday, September 18th, 2018, 5:00-6:00 PM
    • What: Meeting
    • Where: 330 Cobleigh (Lloyd Berg Conference Room)
    • Speaker: Aislinn Daniels, Ph.D. in Physics candidate at Montana State University
    • Topic: Daniels will give her talk, “Demonstration of Vector Matrix Multiplication Using a Spatial-Spectral Material”.  Vector matrix multiplication (VMM), at large scales, requires a supercomputer to calculate quickly. However, by utilizing a new concept for optical processing using spatial-spectral (S2) materials, fast large-scale VMM could be accomplished with a fraction of the power and physical space required by the world's most efficient current supercomputers. This talk will detail this method, present the results of an experimental implementation of S2 VMM with 9x9 matrices, and discuss the potential and some requirements for large scale S2 VMM.
Last updated: 12/3/2018