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. 

Fall 2019 Schedule

Upcoming Events

  • Thursday, October 10th, 2019, 5:10-6:00 PM
    • What: Meeting
    • Where: Montana Room (Norm Asbjornson Hall 359)
    • Speaker: Natalia Kolnik, Director of Education, Montana Science Center
    • About: Kolnik will discuss volunteering, outreach, and programs at the Montana Science Center. In addition, we will briefly discuss other upcoming outreach events, networking opportunities, and company tour during this semester.

Past Events

  • Thursday, September 26th, 2019, 5:00-6:00 PM
    • What:  Colloquium
    • Where:  Inspiration Hall, Norm Asbjornson Hall
    • Speaker: Prof. James C. Wyant, University of Arizona 
    • Title: From Professor to Inventor to Entrepreneur: The Excitement of High-Tech Innovation
    • Abstract: This talk will describe some experiences gained in starting and growing two optical companies, WYKO Corporation (1984-1997) and 4D Technology (2002-2018). Both companies designed, manufactured, and sold computerized interferometric systems for the measurement of surface shape and surface roughness.  Founding, growing, and cashing out of WYKO was an unbelievable experience that was more fun than I ever dreamed anything could be.  It was so much fun I felt I had to do it again.  Both the fun parts and the not so fun parts for both WYKO and 4D will be discussed.  The biggest surprises experienced and what I think are the most important factors in growing a successful high-tech company will be described.  The technology for the products of both companies will be briefly presented.
  • Wednesday, September 11th, 2019, 5:10-6:00 PM
    • What: Meeting
    • Where: 210 Roberts Hall
    • Topic: At this meeting we will discuss this semester's upcoming events, including an upcoming guest lecture, company tours, and community science research opportunities. The officers will also demo some of the chapter's outreach setups.
  • Thrusday, August 22nd and Friday, August 23rd, 2019, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • What:  Catapalooza
    • Where:  MSU Campus, South of Wilson Hall
    • About:  Visit the SPIE booth at Catapalooza to learn about the student chapter at MSU. Chapter officers and members will showcase various demos and an email sign up sheet will be available.
Last updated: 10/10/2019