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

  • 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”.
  • 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.

Past Events

  • 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: 1/18/2018