Plenary Speakers

Anoopoma Bhowmik Senior Project Manager & ELP Supervisor at Edmund Optics

Anoopoma Bhowmik is a Senior Project Manager at Edmund Optics, responsible for new optical products developed from concept to prototype to high volume production. These projects span varied market applications including laser material processing, imaging systems for machine vision, liquid lens integration for dynamic focus adjustment, and environmental sealing for military applications. She also directs the Engineering Leadership Program which attracts, trains, and retains top talent with a custom series of 6-9 month department rotations over a demanding multi-year period. ELP graduates are expected to take on strategic challenges with critical need for the organization in positions of high visibility. Lastly, she serves as Chair of the Women in Optics Steering Committee. The committee founded a monthly Women’s Forum lunch to provide a unique space for career development, training, and mentorship for 60-80 interested employees across 3 office sites.

Anoopoma is a proud graduate of the University of Michigan with a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering as well as of the University of Arizona with a Master’s of Science in Optical Engineering. She has presented to college students of SWE chapters, K-12 students with Girls, Inc., WiSTEE attendees at OSA Headquarters in Washington D.C., and participates regularly in STEM outreach activities. She is honored to be a part of the IONS Conference and grateful to SPIE for the opportunity to become a visiting lecturer.

IAN Walmsley Provost Imperial College, 2018 OSA President

Professor Ian Walmsley FRS became the second Provost of Imperial College London in September 2018. He is also Chair in Experimental Physics at the College.

Before joining Imperial, Professor Walmsley served as Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) and Hooke Professor of Experimental Physics at the University of Oxford.

Professor Walmsley graduated from Imperial with first class honours in physics in 1980, and completed his PhD at the University of Rochester before working as a postdoc at Cornell University.

He became Assistant Professor of Optics at the University of Rochester in 1988, and held a number of roles there before joining the University of Oxford in 2001 as Professor of Experimental Physics. He was also a Senior Visiting Fellow at Princeton University.

He was appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) of the University of Oxford in 2009, becoming Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) in 2015. At Oxford, he led the Networked Quantum Information Technologies Hub and headed up the creation of the Rosalind Franklin Institute.

He was a member of the EPSRC Physics Strategic Advisory Team and was on the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics’ Science Advisory Board.

In recognition of his contributions to quantum optics and ultrafast optics, Professor Walmsley was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2012. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, the American Physical Society, and the Optical Society of America – where he served as President.

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Jason Eichenholz Co-Founder and CTO at LUMINAR

Jason Eichenholz is the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Luminar, a sensing technology company that will become the core platform to enable safe fully autonomous vehicles. As CTO, Eichenholz is responsible for research and development of new products, product roadmap and bringing Luminar’s technology to market. 

Over the past twenty-five years, Jason has led the development of hundreds of millions of dollars of new photonics products. Before joining Luminar, he was the CEO and founder of Open Photonics, an open innovation company dedicated to the commercialization of optics and photonics technologies. Prior to that, he served as the Divisional Technology Director at Halma PLC. In that role, he was responsible for supporting innovation, technology and strategic development for the Photonics and Health Optics Divisions. Before joining Halma, he was the CTO and Board Member of Ocean Optics Inc. as well as the Director of Strategic Marketing at Newport/Spectra-Physics. 

Eichenholz is a fellow of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, as well as a fellow of the Optical Society (OSA). He holds more than twenty U.S. patents on new types of lasers and photonic devices. Eichenholz has an M.S. and Ph.D. in Optical Science and Engineering from CREOL – The College of Optics and Photonics at the University of Central Florida and a B.S. in Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Rebecca Andersen Executive Director LightCounting Market Research

Rebecca (Becky) Andersen is an award-winning, accredited communications strategist with more than 15 years of experience in technology communications and marketing. Andersen is a trusted adviser to senior leadership, internal and external clients alike with strategic skills matched by impeccable on-the-ground savvy and tactical abilities.

Currently, she is the executive director of LightCounting, a market research firm focused on the optical communications industry. Prior to LightCounting, Andersen was the director of public relations for The Optical Society (OSA). During this time, Andersen achieved the member designation of OSA senior membership. In addition to her work at LightCounting, Andersen teaches masters-level courses in public relations writing and integrated marketing communications at Georgetown University, Washington, DC.

Andersen has a M.S. in Integrated Marketing Communications from West Virginia University and an B.S. in international marketing from American University in Washington D.C. She is currently pursuing her EdD in Organizational Change and Leadership from the University of Southern California. As an active member of the Public Relations Society of America, she served as the 2014 President for the National Capital Chapter, the largest PRSA chapter in the United States. Connect with her – LinkedIn: RebeccaBAndersen, Twitter: @Becky_Andersen.

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Shin-Tson Wu Professor CREOL

Shin-Tson Wu is Pegasus professor at the College of Optics and Photonics, University of Central Florida (UCF). Prior to joining UCF in 2001, he was with Hughes Research Labs (Malibu, California), where the first laser and liquid-crystal-on-silicon were invented. Dr. Wu is among the first six inductees to the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame. He is a Charter Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, and a Fellow of the IEEE, OSA, SID, and SPIE. He is the recipient of OSA Esther Hoffman Beller Medal (2014), SID Slottow-Owaki Prize (2011), OSA Joseph Fraunhofer Award (2010), SPIE G. G. Stokes Award (2008), and SID Jan Rajchman Prize (2008). He is an endowed honorary professor of National Chiao Tung University (2018) and Nanjing University (2013). He was the founding editor-in-chief of the IEEE/OSA Journal of Display Technology. He has co-authored 7 books, 570 journal papers, and obtained 90 U.S. patents. Presently, he is serving as SID Honors and Awards committee chair.

Ursula Gibson Professor NTNU, 2019 OSA President

Ursula Gibson received a Ph.D. in physics from Cornell University in 1982. After Cornell, she was on the faculty at the University of Arizona Optical Sciences Center before moving to the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College in 1990. She currently holds a professorship in the Physics department at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), where she has been since 2010.   She is an adjunct professor in the Department of Applied Physics at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology and the Chemistry Department of Dartmouth College, and presently serves as the President of the Optical Society, OSA.

 Her research on optical materials has been wide ranging, including polymers, protein crystals and semiconductors, with an emphasis on limited dimension structures such as thin films and waveguides.  She holds three patents and has authored 7 book contributions and over 100 refereed journal articles.  Prof. Gibson’s recent research is focused on semiconductor-core optical fibers.

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