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SPIE’s 2013 Officers Announced

Photonics.com
Aug 2012
BELLINGHAM, Wash., Aug. 23, 2012 — The director of an optical research center in Japan, a chief scientist for a provider of advanced technology systems to the semiconductor industry, and a senior optical physicist who works on the James Webb Space Telescope were all recently elected as new officers for 2013 by the international society for optics and photonics (SPIE).

The elections were held Aug. 14 in San Diego at the society's annual general meeting; terms begin Jan. 1, 2013.

Elected as vice president was Toyohiko Yatagai, director of the Center for Optical Research and Education and a distinguished professor at Utsunomiya University. He is an SPIE Fellow and serves on the board of directors as well as on the nominating and awards committees. He was president of the Optical Society of Japan from 2008 to 2010.

With his election, Yatagai joins the SPIE presidential chain and will serve as president-elect in 2014, as president in 2015 and as immediate past president in 2016.

William Arnold, chief scientist and vice president of the Technology Development Center at ASML USA Inc., will serve as the 2013 president of the society. ASML provides lithography systems for the production of integrated circuits and is headquartered in Veldhoven, Netherlands.

The 2013 president-elect is H. Philip Stahl, senior optical physicist and James Webb Space Telescope optical components lead at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center.

SPIE 2012 President Eustace Dereniak, professor at the College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona, will serve as the 2013 immediate past president.

SPIE members elected Brian Lula, the president and CEO of PI (Physik Instrumente) LP, as its 2013 secretary/treasurer. Lula is an SPIE Fellow and serves on the financial advisory, strategic planning, and corporate and exhibitor committees.

Elected society directors, who will serve three-year terms for 2012-2014, are:

  • Kathleen Richardson of the College of Optics and Photonics at the University of Central Florida (CREOL), formerly of the department of materials science and engineering/COMSET at Clemson University, 

  • James G. Fujimoto of the department of electrical engineering and computer science and Research Laboratory of Electronics at MIT, 

  • Ronald G. Driggers of the US Naval Research Laboratory, and 

  • Christophe Gorecki of FEMTO-ST. 

Michael T. Eismann of the Air Force Research Laboratory was elected to a one-year term for 2013.

SPIE officer and director candidates must be members of SPIE in good standing. Normally, they have significant leadership experience with the society, or possess an internationally recognized background in a new technology area of interest to SPIE.

The nominating committee accepts recommendations for the election slate. Directors, who serve a three-year term, are expected to attend and participate in three board meetings each year.

To make a recommendation, email: governance@spie.org, or for more information, visit: www.spie.org


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