SPIE names its first senior members

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Twenty SPIE members have been appointed as senior members in a new programme that honours their contributions to the optics and photonics community.

Separate from the Society’s Fellows programme, SPIE’s Senior Member programme encompasses a broad group of active members who have shown outstanding leadership in educational outreach, project management, and/or entrepreneurial operations.

The programme recognises their technical and professional excellence in industry, government, and academia as well as their volunteer service as conference chairs, community educators, and other service roles. This is the first year the SPIE Board of Directors has made selections for the programme.

‘The Senior Members programme provides important recognition of the many long-time volunteers that make SPIE events and activities the success they are today, as well as others who have helped our industry overall,’ said 2008 SPIE President Kevin Harding.  ‘SPIE is a member-driven organisation that relies on such people to achieve the mission of the Society. By distinguishing these important contributions to the optics and photonics community, we recognise the hard work that has grown our industry into a wide-reaching and influential discipline.’

A minimum of five years of continuous regular SPIE membership or active volunteerism is required for nomination as a Senior Member. Senior Members also have at least 10 years of significant professional experience and achievement in industry or academia.