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 2020 Schedule

Upcoming Events

  • Thursday, March 12th, 2020, 5:00-6:00 PM
    • What:  SPIE Colloquium
    • Where: Byker Auditorium (Chem. & Biochem Building)
    • Speaker: Dr. Pat Callis, MSU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
    • Title: "How Strong Electric Fields Affect Photon Emission and Catalysis in Proteins"
    • Abstract: Beginning in the 1960s, aromatic amino acids, especially tryptophan, have been used by biochemists to report transformations between and within proteins by variations of emitted light wavelength and intensity. In the decade 2000-2010, my group was able to uncover the previously unknown mechanisms underlying these variations using a combination of one- and two-photon experiments and quantum computations coupled with realistic classical molecular dynamics simulations. I will report how the strength and direction of local electric fields with proteins on the order of 50 megavolts/cm determine these properties, and recent investigations into how such fields may be at the root of the extreme catalytic proficiency of enzymes.

Past Events

  • Thursday, February 13th, 2020, 5:00-6:00 PM
    • What:  SPIE Colloquium
    • Where: Byker Auditorium (Chem. & Biochem Building)
    • Speaker: Dr. Rob Walker, MSU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
    • Title: "Studying Energy Conversion, Membrane Partitioning & More with Optical Spectroscopy"
    • Abstract: Activities in the Walker Research Group focus generally on understanding the driving forces that control chemical structure, organization and change at interfaces.  Specifically, we use different spectroscopic methods to study electrochemical reduction/oxidation an degradation on high temperature electrocatalytic materials, the molecular underpinnings of solute accumulation in model biological membranes and chemical reactivity at environmentally relevant, buried interfaces.  This talk will give a broad overview of Walker Group research projects, recent discoveries in each of these areas, and the importances of matching the right spectroscopic tool to address those questions most important for advancing a project. 
  • Thursday, January 30th, 2020, 5:30-6:30 PM
    • What: Welcome Back Social
    • Where: 337 Norm Asbjornson Hall
    • About: The SPIE student chapter at MSU is going to be switching things up a bit this semester, starting by having this welcome-back social. Come hang out with SPIE members and officers, play games, eat some food and dessert, and learn about upcoming changes to the club!
Last updated: 3/09/2020