Incoming SPIE President brings deep industry, policy experience

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SPIE President for 2016 Robert Lieberman has deep experience in the field of sensors as well as understanding of international policy issues affecting the photonics industry, as he steps into the society’s top leadership position.

Robert Lieberman is serving as President of SPIE in 2016.

Robert Lieberman is serving as President of SPIE in 2016.

The world is beginning to realize that in the 21st century, photonics will be as important as electronics was in the 20th.

Robert Lieberman, 2016 President of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, brings deep understanding of industry and policy issues to the task of helping to guide the society this year.

As President of Lumoptix, LLC, Dr. Lieberman’s technical interests include fiber optic chemical sensors, physical sensors, and biosensors; integrated optoelectronic devices for communication and sensing; optical, terahertz, and microwave spectroscopy; and intracellular and molecular/nano-biophotonics.

He also is well-versed in both U.S. and international science policy issues, and an advocate for technology transition and high-tech product commercialization.

His numerous committee assignments with SPIE include chairing the Engineering, Science, and Technology Policy committee. He has been an advocate for and participant in the U.S. National Photonics Initiative (NPI) since its formation.

A Fellow of SPIE and Senior Member of the IEEE, Lieberman has received the SPIE President’s Award and the NASA Space Technology Award. He is a two-time recipient of the NASA Tech Brief Awards and three-time recipient of the Bell Laboratories Exceptional Contribution Awards.

Lieberman stressed the high profile of photonics in his inaugural President's Letter in the January 2016 issue of SPIE Professional, the SPIE quarterly magazine.

“The world is beginning to realize that in the 21st century, photonics will be as important as electronics was in the 20th," Lieberman said. "Continued public engagement by optical scientists and engineers, through NPI and other channels, will ensure that the necessary resources are there to support this critical transition in 2016, and beyond."
Lieberman said he looks forward to 2016 as a year that will usher in an era of growth in public and private support for photonics, and in awareness of the critical importance of light-based technologies to modern life.

“SPIE events provide important venues where researchers and engineers exchange cutting-edge ideas, and foster the careers of young scientists from developing and developed nations alike,” he said. “The volume of scientific knowledge continues to expand at an ever-increasing rate. SPIE's unique capability to rapidly provide targeted collections of cutting-edge information is perfectly suited to enable researchers advancing technology and developing new applications.”

Lieberman succeeds SPIE Immediate Past President Toyohiko Yatagai, Director of the CORE (Center for Optical Research and Education) at the University of Utsunomiya. Professor Yatagai was President of the Optical Society of Japan, served on the Board Directors of the Japan Society of Applied Physics (JSAP), was Vice President of Japan Photonics Council, and is an Associate Member of Science Council of Japan as well as a Fellow of SPIE, the OSA, and the JSAP.

SPIE President-Elect Glenn Boreman is a professor and Chairman of the Department of Physics and Optical Science and Director of the Center for Optoelectronics and Optical Communications at University of North Carolina at Charlotte, as well as co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Plasmonics, Inc. He is a Fellow of SPIE and the OSA, Professor Emeritus at the University of Central Florida, and recipient of the SPIE Rudolf Kingslake Medal and Prize.

SPIE Vice President Maryellen Giger is the A.N. Pritzker Professor of Radiology, a member of the Committee on Medical Physics, College Vice-Chair of Radiology, and Director of the BSD Imaging Research Institute at the University of Chicago. She is Editor-in-Chief of the SPIE Journal of Medical Imaging, a Fellow of SPIE, AIMBE, and AAPM, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. Professor Giger is a recipient of the William D. Coolidge Award, the Excellence Award of the University of Chicago Paul Hodges Alumni Society, Sylvia Sorkin Greenfield Award, and Stauffer Award, and was named by the International Congress on Medical Physics as one of the 50 medical physicists with the most impact on the field in the last 50 years.

SPIE Secretary/Treasurer Gary Spiegel recently retired as Senior Vice President of Newport Corporation. He holds technical expertise in optomechanical systems for research and industrial applications and precision manufacturing, and business expertise in optics and technical management and building high-technology companies. He is an advisory board member of Open Photonics Inc., a member of the board of directors of Telescent Corporation, and founder of the Newport Corporation industrial affiliates programs at the University of Rochester Institute of Optics, the College of Optics (CREOL) at the University of Central Florida, and the University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences. He is a Senior Member of SPIE and has been an active advocate for the NPI.

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SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics, an educational not-for-profit organization founded in 1955 to advance light-based science and technology. The Society serves nearly 264,000 constituents from approximately 166 countries, offering conferences and their published proceedings, continuing education, professional networking, books, journals, and the SPIE Digital Library in support of interdisciplinary information exchange and patent precedent. In 2015, SPIE provided more than $5.2 million in support of education and outreach programs.

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