SPIE Student Chapter at Montana State University
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.
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
- Saturday, May 18th, 2019, 5:30-7:30 PM
- What: International Day of Light at the Museum of the Rockies
- Where: Museum of the Rockies
- About: This free event, held the Saturday after the International Day of Light (May 16th),
celebrates the importance of light in our everyday lives and in our local community.
Open to all ages, the event will have several displays and demonstrations from local
optics clubs and businesses showcasing many properties and uses of light. In addition
there will be a series of talks from members in our local optics community about optical
phenomena in everyday life.
To tie in with light's influence in art and culture, there will also be a photography contest with photos showcasing the importance of light. All ages are allowed to enter. Finalists will have their photos displayed at the event, and winners will be given prizes.
- Click here for a link to the International Day of Light event's web page.