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SPIE's Elected Officers for 2007 Announced

Photonics.com
Sep 2006
The 2006 president of SPIE (The International Society for Optical Engineering), Paul F. McManamon, announced the election results for its 2007 slate of officers at the annual meeting of the society, Aug. 16 in San Diego, Calif. Terms begin Jan. 1, 2007: Brian Culshaw was elected by SPIE members to serve as president. Culshaw, PhD, is a professor of optoelectronics at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland. An SPIE Fellow, Culshaw lists some of his technical interests as guided-wave optics, fibers, waveguides -- especially for sensing and measurement and semiconductors -- microwave and optical. Culshaw is also the founding editor of the International Journal of Optoelectronics. Kevin G. Harding is president-elect; he is the senior researcher and project leader for the General Electric Global Research Center. Harding is an SPIE Fellow, and his technical interests include precision infrared ellipsometry and reflectometry to high-speed vibration analysis of turbine structures using holography and Moiré techniques. Maria J. Yzuel, PhD, is vice president; she is a professor with the physics department, Group of Optics, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Spain. An SPIE Fellow, her technical interests include diffraction image theory, image quality evaluation, apodization, applications to photolithography optical pattern recognition, color information in correlators, design of filters and LCDs. Secretary/treasurer is Brian A. Lula, who is president and CEO of PI (Physik Instrumente) LP. His technical interests include micro- and nanopositioning technologies, telescope mechanical/optical system design and fabrication, astronomical imaging, optical manufacturing and testing. The newly elected society directors, who will serve three-year terms (2007-09), are: James G. Grote, senior electronics research engineer, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base; Eric G. Johnson, associate director for optoelectronics and optical communications, University of North Carolina at Charlotte; Werner Jüptner, professor, University of Bremen, physics faculty/electrotechnology director, BIAS -- Bremen Institute of Applied Beam Technology, Bremen, Germany; and Mitsuo Takeda, professor, Laboratory for Information Photonics and Wave Signal Processing, Department of Information and Communication Engineering, The University of Electro-Communications, Tokyo, Japan. Also appointed to a one-year term as director was Seung-Han Park, professor, College of Science/physics department, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea.


GLOSSARY
ellipsometry
The measurement of the change in ellipticity of an optically polarized light beam after reflection from a surface in a particular manner.
optical
Pertaining to optics and the phenomena of light.
optoelectronics
A sub-field of photonics that pertains to an electronic device that responds to optical power, emits or modifies optical radiation, or utilizes optical radiation for its internal operation. Any device that functions as an electrical-to-optical or optical-to-electrical transducer. Electro-optic often is used erroneously as a synonym.
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