Young Professionals

The IEEE Photonics Society Young Professionals program is a community group within the IEEE Young Professionals program (formerly known as GOLD). The Young Professionals program is committed to helping young professionals evaluate their career goals, refine their skills and grow a professional network. The program's outreach is targeted at reaching students and professionals up to 15 years post their first degree.

Members that make up this group are graduate students, post doctoral candidates, and young professionals that recently entered the photonics and optics workforce. Volunteers of this program can also be professors or advisors who guide graduate students or our student chapters.

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Core Mission of the IEEE Photonics Young Professionals Program:

Provide professional development opportunities for Young Professionals and create the building blocks for lifelong and diverse professional networks. While school ties end at graduation, your support from IEEE Photonics lasts through your entire career.

Strategic Goals of the Young Professionals Program:
  • Provide needed career and networking support for soon to be graduated students and professionals < 15 years post first degree.
  • Enable better networking and engagement between senior and younger members.
  • Provide access to online content and webinars to develop technical and professionals goals.
  • Create a society wide mentoring community based on volunteering.
Benefits of joining the IEEE Photonics Young Professionals Program:
  • Networking and mentorship opportunities

  • Regional events and chapter activities

  • Access to educational resources and trainings

  • Grants and Fellowships

  • Volunteer opportunities and leadership roles 


 Akhil Kallepalli

  Associate Vice President of Young Professionals
  Dr. Akhil Kallepalli
  University of Glasgow