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 2017 Schedule

Upcoming Events

  • Upcoming Events will be in Spring Semester 2018.

Past Events

  • Wednesday, November 29th, 2017, 5:00-6:00 PM
    • What: Meeting
    • Where: 330 Cobleigh (Lloyd Berg Conference Room)
    • Speaker: Dr. Kevin Repasky, Professor from Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
    • Topic: In his talk, “Radiative Forcing of the Atmosphere”, Dr. Repasky will look at the effects of carbon dioxide and aerosol on the radiative budget of the atmosphere.  As an example, he will look at a case study of forest fire smoke over the northwestern part of the U.S.
    • Note: This will be the last meeting with all members this semester.
  • Tuesday, November 21st, 2017, 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • What: Montana Science Olympiad
    • Where: Strand Union Building
    • Topic: Members of the SPIE Student Chapter will once again be running the optics portion of the Montana Science Olympiad. Volunteers are needed to help run the event. Responsibilities include timing the event, administering exams, helping grade exams, and generally encouraging an interest in optics.  Please sign up to help using the link below, even if you are only able to come for a single hour. You do not need to be a member of SPIE or the student chapter to volunteer.
    • Sign up to volunteer here.  Shifts are in two-hour increments.
  • Monday, November 20th, 2017, 5:00-10:00 PM
    • What: STEM Fun Night
    • Where: Museum of the Rockies
    • Topic: Volunteer at this event hosted for the Science Olympiad participants! Run a booth with optics-related demonstrations and share your interest in optics to 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 in one hour increments, and include set up and take down.
  • Wednesday, November 15th, 2017, 5:00-6:00 PM
    • What: Meeting
    • Where: 330 Cobleigh (Lloyd Berg Conference Room)
    • Speaker: Dr. Zeb Barber, MSU Spectrum Lab
    • Topic: Dr. Zeb Barber will be giving a short talk on the theory and applications of Microwave Photonic Links. He is actively looking for a  student to work on this project in the Optics and Photonics Masters Program, at MSU Spectrum Lab. Following this talk the group will discuss upcoming events, including volunteer work for the Montana Science Olympiad.
  • Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 5:00-6:00 PM
    • What: Meeting
    • Where: Barnard 258 (Dayton Conference Room)
    • Topic: This meeting will be for writing the exam for the optics portion of Science Olympiad (November 21st, 2017). Come with your best level appropriate (middle school and high school), multiple choice optics related questions.
  • Wednesday, October 4th, 2017, 5:00-6:00 PM
    • What: Meeting
    • Where: 330 Cobleigh (Lloyd Berg Conference Room)
    • Speakers: Representatives from the Department of Defense's SMART Program
    • Topic: Representatives of the SMART program will talk about how BS, MS, and PhD students can have their school paid for in addition to yearly stipends up to $38,000. Elections for the officer positions will also be held.
  • Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 5:00-6:30 PM
    • What: Tour
    • Where: Spectrum Lab
    • Speaker/Host: Dr. Zeb Barber, Director of Spectrum Lab (zeb.barber@montana.edu)
    • Topic: SPIE will be given a tour of Spectrum Lab. Spectrum Lab is a research lab at MSU that focuses on emerging opto-electronic technologies. For more information about Spectrum Lab, visit their website.
    • NOTE: This tour will be on location at Spectrum Lab. We will meet in front of Barnard Hall (formerly EPS) around 5:00 PM and will walk over as a group. If you are going to be late, send us an email. Please, join us! 
    • Walking directions from SUB
  • Wednesday, September 06, 2017, 5:00-6:00 PM
    • What: Meeting
    • Where: 330 Cobleigh (Lloyd Berg conference room)
    • Topic:  Introductory organizational meeting. Will be discussing SPIE and what it can do for you, as well as new openings for officer positions.
Last updated: 12/8/2017