Special Events

IEEE Member Appreciation Lounge 

Date: Monday. November 14, 2022
Time: 8:00am-4:00pm

IEEE and IEEE Photonics Society members are welcome to visit this lounge all day Monday, sponsored by the IEEE Young Professionals program. Come to the IEEE members lounge to relax, grab a snack and connect with peers. 

Members are welcome to bring a friend or companion who is interested in learning more about the Society and volunteering! Throughout the day, there will be special topical meet-ups and activities. 

Welcome Awards Banquet

Date: Monday, November 14, 2022
Time: 7:00 pm
Regency CD

The IEEE Photonics Society’s Welcome Awards Banquet will honor the Society’s successes and the notable winners of the IEEE Photonics Society Career Awards, as well as host the presentation of the IEEE Photonics Award. We will also celebrate this year’s chapter award winners, scholarship, and grant recipients, and recognize prominent volunteers for their contributions to the Society.

Welcome Reception and Student Poster Competition

Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2022
Time: 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
Georgia Ballroom AB

Open to registered attendees.
Complimentary food & beverages will be served.

STEM Outreach Luncheon

Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2022
Time: 12:00pm-1:30pm
Georgia B
This year’s STEM Luncheon will support IEEE Photonics Society initiative called, “Iluminando el Futuro”. Iluminando el Futuro’s purpose is to inspire members and volunteers, regionally and internationally, to serve as K–12 mentors in their native languages. Studies show that the concept of Social Identity Theory, based on a strong sense of connection to a specific group (ethnic, national, religious, regional), and maintaining your first language are critical to positive esteem and sense of belonging. 
The goal for the initiative is to celebrate such culture in STEM and allow local and international members to give back to their home countries.
In this session, participants will learn how to provide formal and systematic training to local volunteers in hopes of becoming STEM Ambassadors of the Society. Hands-on instruction will be provided as well as a presentation on how to conceptualize, design and implement simple, scientific concepts in a friendly and accessible way.
RSVP is required through conference registration. Lunch to be provided.

Natalia Cañas Estrada
Mynaric Lasercom, Germany

Angeles Camacho
University of Southampton, UK

IEEE Women in Photonics Luncheon 

Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2022
Time: 12:00pm-1:30pm
Georgia B
Reignite: Back to Career/Research Initiative
Topic: Engineering a career – Challenges and Opportunities

This “Reignite: Back to Career/Research” session, is sponsored by IEEE Women in Photonics. Reignite is designed to assist women and marginalized members who have: left the photonics field due to life circumstances; a break from the workforce or academic research; a shift in career focus; and/or are in need of mentorship, professional resources, and training.

During this session, Invited Speakers will give journey stories, offer actions one can take to navigate career, and share details on volunteer activities, driven at the grassroots level, that support gender balance and inclusion in STEM. An open Q&A session and networking activities will follow.

Allies who would like to serve as mentors and/or support this initiative are welcome to attend.

RSVP is required through conference registration. Lunch to be provided. 

Deepa Venkitesh
IIT Madras, India

Hani Nejadriahi
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, USA