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 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

Liam  Barry portrait
IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Lecturers Term: 2018 - 2019
School of Electronic Engineering Dublin City University
PresentationAbstract
Advanced optical sources for spectrally efficient photonic systems Read Abstract
Brian T. Cunningham portrait
IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Lecturers Term: 2018 - 2019
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
PresentationAbstract
Biosensing with Digital Resolution for Ultrasensitive Diagnostics Read Abstract
Vinod  Menon  portrait
IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Lecturers Term: 2018 - 2019
City College & Graduate Center of CUNY Center for Discovery and Innovation
PresentationAbstract
Quantum Photonics Using 2D Materials Read Abstract
Hiroki Takesue portrait
IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Lecturers Term: 2018 - 2019
NTT Corporation
PresentationAbstract
Coherent Ising machine: a photonic Ising model solver based on degenerate optical parametric oscillator network Read Abstract
David  Ting portrait
IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Lecturers Term: 2018 - 2019
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, USA
PresentationAbstract
III-V Semiconductor Unipolar Barrier Infrared Detectors Read Abstract
Ken-Tye  Yong portrait
IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Lecturers Term: 2018 - 2019
Nanyang Technological University School of EEE
PresentationAbstract
1. 20 Years of Nanomaterials for Biophotonics: Challenges and Opportunity Read Abstract
2. Introduction to Biophotonic Imaging and Sensing: Past, Present and Future Read Abstract