SPIE Type Professional Organization Founded July 1, 1955 Location Bellingham, Washington USA Origins Formerly: the Society of Photographic Instrumentation Engineers, and later as the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers Key people
President: Dr. Katarina SvanbergCEO: Dr. Eugene Arthurs
Area served Worldwide Focus Optical related technology Method Conferences, Publications, Trade Shows Members 16,000+ Motto Connecting Minds. Advancing Light. Website spie.org
Founded in 1955, the Society organizes international forums for interdisciplinary information exchange, trade exhibitions, and continuing education programs. SPIE publishes peer-reviewed scientific journals, conference proceedings, monographs, tutorial texts, field guides, and reference volumes online in the SPIE Digital Library and in print.
Open-access content includes researcher-authored technical articles in the SPIE Newsroom, the quarterly magazine SPIE Professional, selected book chapters and articles from the SPIE Digital Library, and the peer-reviewed journals SPIE Letters and SPIE Reviews.
In 2010, the Society provided more than $2.3 million in support of scholarships, grants, and other education programs around the world.
On July 1, 1955 SPIE was founded as the Society of Photographic Instrumentation Engineers in California to specialize in the application of photographic instrumentation. In 1964 the Society formally changed its name to the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers. In 1977 SPIE moved its headquarters to Bellingham, Washington, and in 1981, to reflect a changing Membership, the Society began doing business as SPIE—The International Society for Optical Engineering. In 2007, the Society ended its DBA, and is referred to simply as SPIE.
The mission of SPIE is to serve scientists and engineers in industry, academia, and government. SPIE constituents work in a wide variety of fields that utilize some aspect of optics and photonics, which is the science and application of light. More specifically, optics is a branch of physics that examines the behavior and properties of light and the interaction of light with matter. Photonics is the science and technology of generating, controlling, and detecting photons, which are particles of light. Individuals involved with SPIE conduct research and apply new techniques to the design and development of technologies such as semiconductor manufacturing, robotics, medical imaging, next-generation displays, battlefield technologies, entertainment, biometric security, image processing, communications, astronomy, and much more. SPIE has Members from around the world, including North and South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia, with central offices in North America and Europe.
Conferences and exhibitions
SPIE Conferences and Exhibitions connect optical science and the optics industry. The Society is affiliated with over 140 meetings and events each year. The most prominent of these events are:
- SPIE Photonics West
- SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing
- SPIE Optics + Photonics
- SPIE Photonics Europe
- SPIE Advanced Lithography
- IS&T/SPIE Electronic Imaging (co-presented with the Society for Imaging Science and Technology)
- SPIE Medical Imaging
- SPIE Smart Structures and Materials & Nondestructive Evaluation and Health Monitoring
- European Conferences of Biomedical Optics (ECBO)
- SPIE Optical Metrology
- SPIE Photomask Technology
- SPIE Remote Sensing
- SPIE Security + Defence
- SPIE Laser Damage
- SPIE/COS Photonics Asia
- SPIE Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation
- SPIE Microtechnologies
- SPIE Eco-Photonics
- SPIE Optics & Optoelectronics
- SPIE Optifab
- SPIE Asia Pacific Remote Sensing
- SPIE Nanomaterials, Nanofabrication, and Organic Electronics
SPIE has a long publishing history, dating back to the first years of the Society. The first publication was launched in 1957 and was simply named the SPIE Newsletter. Soon after, in 1959, SPIE published its first book, the SPIE Photographic Instrumentation Catalog. The newsletter morphed into the Society’s first journal and would continue to evolve as the years passed. It is now known as Optical Engineering, SPIE’s flagship monthly journal. Throughout the years SPIE has created many publications spanning journals, magazines, newspapers, websites, and a variety of books.
SPIE currently publishes:
- six scientific online journals
- SPIE Technical Paper Proceedings
- Digital Library containing 235,000+ online technical papers compiled from the journals and proceedings dating back to 1990 with 17,000+ papers added annually
- SPIE Press, the academic publishing arm of the Society, which publishes monographs, tutorial texts, field guides, and other books pertinent to optics and photonics
- SPIE Professional, the online and printed quarterly magazine
- SPIE Newsroom, a news website covering 13 technical communities in optics and photonics
- Optical Engineering (OE), the flagship monthly journal of SPIE publishes peer-reviewed papers reporting on research and development in all areas of optics, photonics, and imaging science and engineering.
- Journal of Electronic Imaging (JEI), co-published quarterly with the Society for Imaging Science and Technology, publishes peer-reviewed papers that cover research and applications in all areas of electronic imaging science and technology.
- Journal of Biomedical Optics (JBO), is published bimonthly and is the repository for peer-reviewed papers that utilize modern optical technology for improved health care and research.
- Journal of Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS, and MOEMS (JM3), is published quarterly and contains peer-reviewed papers on technologies necessary to address the needs of the electronics, micro-opto-electro-mechanical systems, and photonics industries.
- Journal of Applied Remote Sensing (JARS), is an online-only, peer-reviewed journal that covers the concepts, information, and progress of the remote sensing community.
- Journal of Nanophotonics (JNP), is an online-only, peer-reviewed journal focusing on the fabrication and application of nanostructures that either generate or manipulate light from the infrared to the ultraviolet regimes.
- SPIE Letters Virtual Journal, is an open access, online collection of rapid communications, covering topics of significant originality and interest, from the six journals published in the SPIE Digital Library.
The SPIE Digital Library publishes online technical papers from SPIE Journals and Conference Proceedings from 1990 to the present. More than 17,000 new research papers are added annually. In September 2009, SPIE launched an e-book program in beta on the SPIE Digital Library containing selected SPIE Press titles dating from 1989 to the present.
SPIE Press is the academic book publishing arm of the Society. It was formally established in 1988, though several books had been published before this time. The types of books published by SPIE Press are:
- Tutorial Texts: stand-alone tutorials covering fundamental topics in optical science and technology at introductory and intermediate levels.
- Press Monographs and Handbooks: authoritative professional reference books, textbooks, and handbooks covering theory, state-of-the-art applications, and outlooks on topics of special interest.
- Field Guides: small-format, spiral-bound guides that include key definitions, equations, illustrations, application examples, design considerations, methods, and tips for use in the lab and in the field.
- Milestone Series: collections of seminal papers published by a variety of publishers covering significant discoveries and developments in optics.
SPIE Professional is a quarterly magazine that covers industry insights, technology overviews, career trends, and provides informational articles for optics and photonics professionals.
The SPIE Newsroom covers industry news and technical articles organized by topic:
- Biomedical Optics and Medical Imaging
- Defense and Security
- Electronic Imaging and Signal Processing
- Illumination and Displays
- Lasers and Sources
- Micro/Nano Lithography
- Optical Design and Engineering
- Optoelectronics and Communications
- Remote Sensing
- Sensing and Measurement
- Solar and Alternative Energy
The type of content includes:
- Technical Articles
- Optics/Photonics News Headlines
- SPIE Announcements
- SPIE Member News
- Product Updates
Numerous RSS Feeds are available on different topics.
SPIE provides educational coursework in various formats including:
Includes 16,000+ professionals, students, and organizations worldwide. Membership entails conference, course and publication rate reductions, online journal and SPIE Professional access, as well as voting rights, Student Chapter formation, and access to fellow promotion, senior member promotion and positions of governance in SPIE. Other member functions include:
Awards issued by SPIE
- George W. Goddard Award (since 1961)
- President's Award (since 1966)
- Gold Medal of the Society Award (since 1977)
- SPIE Technology Achievement Award (since 1979)
- Dennis Gabor Award (since 1983)
- Chandra S. Vikram Award in Metrology (since 2009)
- Scholarship awards
- SPIE Gold Medal
- American Institute of Physics
- European Photonics Industry Consortium
- IEEE, IEEE Photonics Society, IEEE Communications Society
- International Commission for Optics
- Photo instrumentation
- Optical Society of America
- Society for Imaging Science and Technology
- Member Guide 2003, Bellingham, WA: Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers, p. 24.
- "SPIE launches two new e-journals", Bellingham, WA: SPIE, SPIE Professional January 2007, p. 27.
- "New grant funds student collaboration", Bellingham, WA: SPIE, SPIE Professional January 2007, p. 30.
- "Top notch research", Bellingham, WA: SPIE, SPIE Professional April 2007, p. 26.
- "Chapters reach out to communities", Bellingham, WA: SPIE, SPIE Professional April 2007, p. 35.
- Official website
- The SPIE Digital Library of journals and conference proceedings
- SPIE Works, the SPIE career resource website
- SPIE TV media page
- SPIE Buyers Guide, an online guide to optics companies
- Optipedia, an open-access resource for trusted optics and photonics information compiled from SPIE Press books
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