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. 

Strategic Objectives 

  • Evaluate the Society's benefits, engagement efforts and membership products regularly;
  • 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 in Photonics, Young Professionals, marginalized groups and members from developing nations; 
  • Increase mentorship, networking and micro-volunteering opportunities for all photonics community sectors;  
  • Educate public and government leaders on the capabilities and benefits of photonic technology. 

Strategic Committees 

 The Membership Council has three Strategic Committees that report to it within the Society's governance structure:

Fatima Garcia-Gunning portrait
Fatima Garcia-Gunning
VP Membership Term: 2020 - 2022
Tyndall National Institute

AVP Strategic PartnershipsClick for role description

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Naresh Chand
AVP Strategic Partnerships Term: 2022 - 2025
Retired / IEEE Fellow

AVP Chapter RelationsClick for role description

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Kithinji Muriungi
AVP Chapter Relations Term: 2022 - 2024
KamsHub / Konza Smart City

AVP Student MembershipClick for role description

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

AVP CommunicationsClick for role description

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Senta Jantzen
AVP Communications Term: 2021 - 2023

Newsletter Editor-in-Chief Click for role description

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Dominic Siriani
Newsletter Editor-in-Chief Term: 2021 - 2023
Cisco Systems, Inc.

2nd Year Elected Board MembersClick for role description

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Gabriella Bosco
2nd Year Elected Board Members Term: 2022 - 2022
Politecnico di Torino, Itlay
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Yanne Chembo
2nd Year Elected Board Members Term: 2022 - 2022
University of Maryland
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Lidia Galdino
2nd Year Elected Board Members Term: 2022 - 2022
Corning, UK
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Ray-Hua Horng
2nd Year Elected Board Members Term: 2022 - 2022
National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan

Staff Support

Senior Manager, Strategic Programs 
Lauren Mecum-Smith