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#FacesofPhotonics: Virtual Reality Game Programmer, Nathan Rasmussen

SPIE’s #FacesofPhotonics social media campaign connects SPIE members in the global optics, photonics, and STEM communities. It serves to highlight similarities, celebrate differences, and foster a space where conversation and community can thrive.

This week on #FacesofPhotonics we are sharing the story of Nathan Rasmussen from Arcata, California. Nathan was part of the SPIE Student Chapter at Washington State University (WSU) and now is a physics and 3D math consultant, programmer, and game designer for Martian Games, a small company that focuses on multiplayer games and virtual reality (VR).

He is also working on interactions and optimization for VR. Looking forward, he says, one day he hopes “to develop games and experiences for STEM classes in order to teach abstract concepts.”

We hope you enjoy his interview.

1. Tell us about when you first became interested in optics and photonics. As a child, I was always fascinated with light. I had a magnifying glass with which I used to burn…
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#FacesofPhotonics: InPhoTech Junior R&D Engineer Sylwester Chojnowski

SPIE’s #FacesofPhotonics social media campaign connects SPIE members in the global optics, photonics, and STEM communities. It serves to highlight similarities, celebrate differences, and foster a space where conversation and community can thrive.

This week on #FacesofPhotonics we are sharing the story of Junior R&D Engineer at InPhoTech, Sylwester Chojnowski! Sylwester is originally from Poland, and graduated with his Master of Science from the Military University of Technology (MUT) in Warsaw.

We hope you enjoy his interview.

1. Tell us about when you first became interested in optics and photonics. I became interested in optoelectronics and photonics while I was studying at MUT in Warsaw. While studying chemistry I was interested in methods of detecting various gases, particularly hazardous and explosives materials.

At the Institute of Optoelectronics, I was interested in the possibilities offered by modern lasers, detectors, fiber optics, and sensors. I completed my Master'…

#FacesofPhotonics: University of Arizona Cancer Researcher Kelli Kiekens

SPIE’s #FacesofPhotonics is a showcase across social media that connects SPIE members in the optics and photonics community around the world.

It serves to highlight similarities, celebrate differences, and foster a space for conversation and community to thrive.

This week on #FacesofPhotonics we are sharing the story of Kelli Kiekens, researcher at the University of Arizona in Dr. Barton's lab. From searching for a way to detect cancer earlier, to ballroom dancing, Kelli is a woman of many talents.

We hope you enjoy her interview.

1. Tell us about when you first became interested in optics and photonics. During my undergraduate education, my senior design class concentrated on various topics within optics. The group project for that semester was a study of holography where we created different types of holograms using a few different methods. 


We could then compare the quality of the holograms and see which were better. The part of this project that caught my attention is when we …

#FacesofPhotonics: PhD Researcher at University of Southampton, Angeles Rosales Camacho

SPIE’s #FacesofPhotonics is a showcase across social media that connects SPIE members in the optics and photonics community around the world.

It serves to highlight similarities, celebrate differences, and foster a space for conversation and community to thrive.

Back in April, we shared the story of SPIE Student Member Angeles Rosales Camacho. Angeles is the 2018 Student Chapter President at the University of Southampton, and a PhD researcher in the Optoelectronic Research Centre. She is the winner of her university’s 2017 Women In Science, Engineering, and Technology (WiSET) award, and is a dedicated outreach ambassador.

In Forbes Mexico's most recent edition, Angles was listed as one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women In Mexico! An incredibly well-deserved recognition for her work with young girls and women in STEM.
See Forbes' entire list here.

We hope you enjoy her #FacesofPhotonics interview.


1. Tell us about when you first became interested in optics and photonics. 

As a…

#FacesofPhotonics: Parrot Project Manager Clément Fallet

SPIE’s #FacesofPhotonics is a showcase across social media that connects SPIE members in the optics and photonics community around the world.

It serves to highlight similarities, celebrate differences, and foster a space for conversation and community to thrive.

This week on #FacesofPhotonics we are sharing the story of  Clément Fallet, Project Manager at Parrot, a high tech company specializing in drone manufacturing located in Paris. Clément recently presented his research at SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing in Orlando, and was president and treasurer of the Ecole Polytechnique SPIE Student Chapter. He is currently an active member of the SPIE Scholarship Committee. 


We hope you enjoy his interview.

1. Share your favorite outreach or volunteer story. Meeting a Nobel laureate is something extraordinary you always remember. So, imagine meeting not one, not two, but eight of them at the same time and place! This must be my most treasured memory from outreach. 
Paris organized a magnifice…

#FacesofPhotonics: Ball Aerospace Program Manager Allison Barto

SPIE’s #FacesofPhotonics is a showcase across social media that connects SPIE members in the optics and photonics community around the world.

It serves to highlight similarities, celebrate differences, and foster a space for conversation and community to thrive.

This week on #FacesofPhotonics we are thrilled to share the optics story of Program Manager at Ball Aerospace, Allison Barto! Allison is an SPIE Senior Member and Conference Program Committee Chair for SPIE Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation. She is a contributing author on multiple papers on James Webb Telescope research at the conference next week (10-15 June).

We hope you enjoy her interview.

1. Tell us about when you first became interested in optics and photonics. The summer I was 10 or 11, my parents and I were camping in Mt. Rainier National Park, as we often did. One beautifully clear night (not a frequent occurrence in Washington State), the ranger giving the evening interpretive program, Jim Ross, decided to g…