Education Committee

The IEEE Photonics Society established an Education Committee to foster and provide quality, educational initiatives for the Society and photonics community-at-large, i.e. members, professionals, educators, K-12 students and the public. The Committee and its leaders also focus on practical learning and professional development resources to provide soft skills training beyond the classroom and lab. 

Strategic Objectives

  • Deliver continuing education products, professional development opportunities and educational activities;  
  • Support the creation of K-20 STEM education materials, programs and teaching modules; 
  • Devise hands-on trainings, remote learning resources, eLearning courses, tutorials, etc.; 
  • Facilitate education awards and scholarships as well as job search tools and academic exhanges; 
  • Partner with coalition groups on community college, technician and vocational school programs for photonics.  

Thomas Clark portrait
Thomas Clark
Education Chair Term: 2020 - 2022
Johns Hopkins University

AVP STEM OutreachClick for role description

Natalia  Canas-Estrada portrait
Natalia Canas-Estrada
AVP STEM Outreach Term: 2020 - 2022
Tyndall National Institute

Continuous Education RepresentativeClick for role description

Demis John portrait
Demis John
Continuous Education Representative Term: 2020 - 2022
University of California Santa Barbara

Technician Education RepresentativeClick for role description

Frank Reed, Jr. portrait
Frank Reed, Jr.
Technician Education Representative Term: 2021 - 2023
Indian Hills Community College

Academic Exchange RepresentativeClick for role description

Chrysanthos  Panayiotou portrait
Chrysanthos Panayiotou
Academic Exchange Representative Term: 2021 - 2023
LASER-TEC

Awards & Scholarships RepresentativeClick for role description

Madeleine Glick portrait
Madeleine Glick
Awards & Scholarships Representative Term: 2020 - 2022
Columbia University

Elected Board MemberClick for role description

Lidia Galdino portrait
Lidia Galdino
Elected Board Member Term: 2021 - 2023
University College London
Jianping   Yao portrait
Jianping Yao
Elected Board Member Term: 2021 - 2021
University of Ottawa, Canada

Staff Support

Community Outreach & Development Manager
Lauren Mecum-Smith