Membership Council

The IEEE Photonics Society’s Membership Council was formed to ensure that the interests of the members are addressed, to oversee the direction of the Society’s chapters and to initiate programs that add value to the membership and photonics community at large. The Membership Council also leads the Society's membership recruitment and retention strategies. 

The Membership Council is chaired by the IEEE Photonics Society’s Vice President of Membership and consists of the President, the President‐Elect, Associate Vice Presidents segmented by the Society’s strategic areas of focus, the Newsletter Editor and the four Board of Governors Members serving the second year of their elected terms. A complete roster is below. 

Membership Council Strategic Objectives 

  • Enhance the coordination between the Society’s activities at the local chapter and international levels; 
  • Provide a long-term membership career paths to guide members at they transition from student to member to leader; 
  • Expand the diversity of the photonics community by increasing the participation of women, students, Young Professionls, underrepresented minorities, and members from developing nations; 
  • Increase education, training, mentorship, and networking opportunities for the photonics community in academia, industry and government; 
  • Increase volunteering opportunities within the Society; 
  • Educate public and government leaders on the capabilities and benefits of photonic technology. 

Fatima Garcia-Gunning portrait
Fatima Garcia-Gunning
VP Membership Term: 2020 - 2020
Tyndall National Institute

AVP Chapter RelationsClick for role description

Naresh Chand portrait
Naresh Chand
AVP Chapter Relations Term: 2018 - 2020

AVP Member AdvancementClick for role description

Roland Ryf portrait
Roland Ryf
AVP Member Advancement Term: 2018 - 2020
Nokia Bell Labs

AVP Student MembershipClick for role description

Yesenia  Rivera portrait
Yesenia Rivera
AVP Student Membership Term: 2020 - 2022
Puerto Rico Photonics Institute

AVP CommunicationsClick for role description

Dominic  Siriani  portrait
Dominic Siriani
AVP Communications Term: 2018 - 2020
Cisco, USA

Newsletter Editor-in-Chief Click for role description

Nicolas  Fontaine portrait
Nicolas Fontaine
Newsletter Editor-in-Chief Term: 2018 - 2020
Nokia Bell Labs

2nd Year Elected Board of Governors MemberClick for role description

Meredith Hutchinson portrait
Meredith Hutchinson
2nd Year Elected Board of Governors Member Term: 2020 - 2020
US Naval Research Laboratory
Stephen Ralph portrait
Stephen Ralph
2nd Year Elected Board of Governors Member Term: 2020 - 2020
Georgia Tech
Masatoshi  Suzuki portrait
Masatoshi Suzuki
2nd Year Elected Board of Governors Member Term: 2020 - 2020
KDDI Research
Jianping   Yao portrait
Jianping Yao
2nd Year Elected Board of Governors Member Term: 2020 - 2020
University of Ottawa, Canada

Membership Council Staff Support

Community Outreach & Devt Mgr
Lauren Mecum