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

J. Stewart  Aitchison portrait
IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Lecturers Term: 2016 - 2017
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Toronto

PresentationAbstract
Title (1): Nonlinear Optics in AlGaAs: Past, Present and Future Prospects. Read Abstract
Title (2): Photonics for Point of Care Diagnostics Read Abstract
Robert W. Boyd portrait
IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Lecturers Term: 2015 - 2017
University of Ottawa
Department of Physics and School of EECS

PresentationAbstract
Fundamentals and Applications of the Orbital Angular Momentum of Light Read Abstract
Quantum Nonlinear Optics: Nonlinear Optics Meets the Quantum World Read Abstract
Structured Materials and Structured Light for Quantum Photonics Read Abstract
Eli Kapon portrait
IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Lecturers Term: 2015 - 2017
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
Laboratory of Physics and Nanostructures

PresentationAbstract
Long Wavelength Vertical Cavity Semiconductor Lasers   Read Abstract
Quantum Photonics with Ordered Quantum Dot and Quantum Wire Systems Read Abstract
Aydogan  Ozcan portrait
IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Lecturers Term: 2016 - 2017
University of California, Los Angeles Electrical Engineering Department
California NanoSystems Institute Bioengineering Department

PresentationAbstract
Title: Democratization of Next‐Generation Microscopy, Sensing and Diagnostics Tools through Computational Photonics Read Abstract
H. Hoe  Tan portrait
IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Lecturers Term: 2016 - 2017
The Australian National University Department of Electronic Materials Engineering Research School of Physics and Engineering

PresentationAbstract
Title: Semiconductor nanowires for optoelectronic and energy applications Read Abstract
Sharon  Weiss portrait
IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Lecturers Term: 2016 - 2017
Vanderbilt University Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

PresentationAbstract
Title: Exploiting Light-Matter Interaction in Silicon Photonics for Biosensing Read Abstract