Distinguished Lecturer Program

The IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Lecturer Program was designed to honor excellent speakers who have made technical, industrial or entrepreneurial contributions to the field of photonics and to enhance the technical programs of the IEEE Photonics Society Chapters.

Chapters may request Distinguished Lecturers to give talks at chapter meetings, chapter-related events or technically co-sponsored conferences, organized by a chapter. If a lecturer is available at the time of your event and accepts a talk invitation, the lecturer will travel to address your members at no cost to the chapter. The IEEE Photonics Society provides the awarded lecturers with travel reimbursements. Lecturers are selected each term (July 1-June 30) with some lecturers extending for a second term.

How to Request a Distinguished Lecturer

To request a Distinguished Lecturer for an upcoming chapter event, review the list of Distinguished Lecturers’ various talks below and reach out to the lecturer directly via the contact information provided.

Distinguished Lecturers are volunteers of the Society, not full-time staff. Meaning, lecturers determine their travel arrangements and time commitment around their individual, work-life balance schedules.  In order to secure a lecturer, make sure to contact the lecturers months prior to your event.

How to Nominate a Colleague for the Distinguished Lecturer Program

Submission Deadline: February 16th each year

Consideration is given to a well-balanced variety of speakers who can address a wide range of topics of current interest in the fields covered by the Society. Lecturers are selected each term (July 1-June 30) with some Lecturers extending for a second term.

Each Lecturer must agree to give a minimum of 6 lectures to our IEEE Photonics Society chapters. Lecturers are provided travel reimbursements of up to $7000 per term. Candidates need not be members of the IEEE or the Photonics Society. The Award consists of a plaque, presented at the IEEE Photonics Conference to those completing their term(s).

Nominators must complete a nominee submission by February 16th each year with the following: 

  • List of the nominee’s most significant contributions that qualify the nominee for the program as well as other related accomplishments. Include invited talks that the nominee has given on his/her research.
  • Nominee’s curriculum vita.
  • Endorsements: One page with list of the names, affiliations, addresses, and emails of individuals who have agreed to write letters of support.

If you have any questions, please email PhotonicsSociety@ieee.org.

IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Lecturers

Edoardo Charbon portrait
IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Lecturers Term: 2017 - 2018
Delft University, Dept. Electronics
PresentationAbstract
SPAD Image Sensing: Past, Present, and Future Read Abstract
Roberto  Morandotti portrait
IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Lecturers Term: 2017 - 2018
INRS-EMT
Varennes (QC), Canada
PresentationAbstract
Integrated Quantum Frequency Combs Read Abstract
Kunimasa  Saitoh portrait
IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Lecturers Term: 2017 - 2018
Hokkaido University, Japan
Laboratory of Information Communication Photonics
PresentationAbstract
Multicore Fiber Technology for Space Division Multiplexing Read Abstract
Marc Sciamanna portrait
IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Lecturers Term: 2017 - 2018
CentraleSupélec, Campus de Metz, France
PresentationAbstract
Light complexity in time and space, and the underlying physics of analogies Read Abstract
Ghanshyam Singh portrait
IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Lecturers Term: 2017 - 2018
Associate Professor, Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering
Malaviya National Institute of Technology Jaipur (MNIT Jaipur), India
PresentationAbstract
1. Photonic Integrated Devices and Systems: Technology for next generation networks Read Abstract
2. All optical devices: Design and development issues Read Abstract
3. Enlighten your objectives at first instance: Suggestions to early stage researchers Read Abstract
Daniel Wasserman portrait
IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Lecturers Term: 2017 - 2018
University of Texas Austin, USA
Microelectronics Research Center
PresentationAbstract
The Mid-Infrared as an Optical Playground Read Abstract