Special Events

IEEE Photonics Conference offers a range of professional development and diversity development, designed for both student and senior professionals. Such programs have been organized to provide an interactive virtual learning environment for conference registrants.

Virtual Lab Tours

Wednesday 30 September  •  12:00pm-1:30pm EDT

Have you ever wondered what a research lab looks like and what the scientists and engineers do inside a research laboratory?

Come join the virtual lab tour event!  We will have 8 scientists provide a tour of their lab (possibly prerecorded), describing their experimental setup and how they control it and take data.  The demonstrations will be followed by an interactive Q/A session. Everyone is welcome! 

Topics Covered:

  • Optical Communications
  • Integrated Devices and nanophotonics
  • Fiber Drawing and optical fiber technology
  • Biophotonics
  • quantum optics
  • Machine Learning
  • Optical Frequency Combs and Metrology
  • Lasers

*The Virtual Lab Tour access link will be posted shortly.

IEEE Women in Photonics Session

Monday, 28 September 2020 •  5:00pm-5:30pm EDT

Talk Title:
“Mobilizing Your Own Grassroots Movement to Empower Gender Diversity in Technology”

Learn how a grassroots passion for gender diversity, coupled with engineering experimentation and project management can transform gender diversity dynamics in any organization. There is no “one size fits all” solution, but there are steps we can take to create a more equitable tech environment.

Lauri Bingham, Sr. Director, Technology PMO, TMobile
Founder, Women in Technology Initiative
Technology Chair, Women’s Leadership Network

Photonics Pro Session

Wednesday, 30 September 2020  •  5:00pm-5:30pm EDT

Talk Title:
“Essential Skills for Emerging Leaders”

How can you best position yourself to add significant value to a team? The results-oriented, innovation driven culture of industry requires technical professionals to quickly build expertise, all while navigating organizational dynamics. This brief video will focus on critical competencies for early-to-mid career progression.

La Tondra Murray, PhD, ACC
Executive Coach and Educator
Duke Engineering Management

Distinguished Service Award Talk

Wednesday, 30 September 2020  •  5:30pm-6:00pm EDT

Talk Title:
“Journey of an IEEE Volunteer in Diversity & Inclusion”

In this talk, the awardee charts the course of a volunteering journey with IEEE in equity, diversity and inclusion. Through her personal learnings, Arti Agrawal, the 2020 Distinguished Service recipient, will share key insights on how to become a diversity advocate.

Arti Agrawal, Director of Women in Engineering & IT, University of Technology Sydney