Shining Light onto the Field of Photonics

The IEEE Photonics Society is excited to be a founding partner of the International Year of Light (IYL2015) to support the IYL2015 mission of raising awareness of the importance of light-based technologies in improving our quality of life in aspects such as health, communications, and the environment.

IYL2015 also recognizes the history of light in the universe. 2015 is of particular historical significance for IPS since it commemorates the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Quantum Electronics Council which would eventually become the IEEE Photonics Society.

International Year of Light 2015

IPS is supporting and developing a number of IYL2015 outreach programs throughout 2015:

  • Educational initiatives: Summer Schools and Student Outreach Ambassador programs to introduce young minds to the light sciences and provide opportunities to sustain their interest and cultivate their talents.
  • Community outreach: IYL Chapter Challenges, Luminary Series and Women in Photonics events to improve public awareness, address issues of gender balance in STEM and expand the understanding of the role light-based technologies play in the daily lives of all citizens.
  • Humanitarian activities: Collaborations with SolarAid and a US DoE Solar Decathlon team to bring critical lighting resources to the developing world and increase the demand for intelligent, sustainable environments, like Smart Living Spaces, that reduce environmental impact.

As the advocates representing IPS around the world, our members are playing a key role in IYL2015. We invite you to join us in supporting this global initiative and help the spread the word about why light matters.


International Year of Light 2015Dalma Novak, IEEE Photonics Society President.

Dr. Dalma Novak is currently the 2014–2015 IEEE Photonics Society (IPS) President. She is VP of Engineering at Pharad, LLC in Hanover, MD, where she develops technologies for realizing high performance RF-over-fiber systems. Novak received the degrees of Bachelor of Engineering and PhD from the University of Queensland, Australia. She was formerly a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at The University of Melbourne, Australia. Novak was a Visiting Professor at UCLA and the Naval Research Laboratory and has also worked for Dorsál Networks, Inc. and Corvis Corporation, where she led cross-disciplinary R&D teams developing WDM hardware for long-haul transmission systems.

Dr. Novak is a Fellow of the IEEE and has published over 300 journal and conference papers, including seven book chapters. As an IEEE Photonics Society volunteer, she has served as Associate Editor of the IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology, Associate Editor of IEEE Photonics Technology Letters, Chapter Chair, Secretary/Treasurer and elected member of IPS Board of Governors. She has also served as Chair, General Chair and Technical Program Chair for various IPS conferences, including the IEEE Photonics Conference and International Topical Meeting on Microwave Photonics.

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