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 $9000 per term. Candidates need not be members of the IEEE or the Photonics Society. The program awards 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 (three-page limit).
  • 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

Lan Fu portrait
IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Lecturers Term: 2021 - 2022
Australian National University
P: +61 2 61254060
PresentationAbstract
Quantum wells in Nanowires for Optoelectronic Applications: Materials and Devices Read Abstract
Amr Helmy portrait
IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Lecturers Term: 2021 - 2022
University of Toronto
Canada
PresentationAbstract
Efficient Plasmonic Circuits for Data Communications Read Abstract
Salah Obayya portrait
IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Lecturers Term: 2021 - 2022
Zewail City of Science and Technology
P: +2 0100 219 6684
PresentationAbstract
Computational Nanophotonics: Basics, Challenges and Future Perspectives Read Abstract
Rachel Oliver portrait
IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Lecturers Term: 2021 - 2022
University of Cambridge
P: +441223760750
PresentationAbstract
Illuminating materials: The materials science of light emitting diodes Read Abstract
New possibilities in nitride photonics exploiting porosity Read Abstract
Nitrides for quantum light sources Read Abstract
Unil Perera portrait
IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Lecturers Term: 2020 - 2022
Georgia State University
P: +1 404 413 6037
PresentationAbstract
Infrared Detector Applications for Safe and Healthy Living Read Abstract
Federico Rosei portrait
IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Lecturers Term: 2020 - 2022
Institute Research Scientific, (INRS-EMT)
P: +1 438 402 2346
PresentationAbstract
Multifunctional materials for emerging technologies Read Abstract
What type of Energy for the future of humanity? Read Abstract