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Columbia Students Outreach at Manhattan School of Math and Science

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CIAN students Tingjun Chen, Craig Gutterman,  Yishen Huang, and Alex Loh, as well as organizers from the school.

On Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, Columbia University EE Ph.D. students participated in an outreach event with high school students from the Robotics and Engineering Group at the Manhattan School of Math and Science in East Harlem.
CIAN students Tingjun Chen, Craig Gutterman, and Alex Loh, from the Wireless and Mobile Networking Lab, talked about broad concepts of the Internet along with basic concepts of wireless communications. CIAN student Yishen Huang, from the Lightwave Research Lab, discussed lasers, and the principles of optical communications. The high school students showed great interest in the topics and interacted actively with CIAN students. We hope that the students may have realized how beautiful science can be, and that they walked away with an increased interest in studying science in college.
This event was hosted by Mr. Umit Kenis from the Manhattan School of Math and Science.

 

An Evening with Captain Jim Lovell

The Captain of Apollo 13 is not your typical dinner guest.

In 2014, I was honored to be named an Astronaut Scholar. The Astronaut Scholarship, which was established by the original Mercury 7 astronauts, aims to aid the United States in retaining its world leadership in science and technology by providing college scholarships for the very best and brightest students pursuing science, technology, engineering or math degrees. My colleague and friend here at Optical Sciences, Travis Sawyer, received an Astronaut Scholarship both in 2014 and 2015.

Earlier in December, Travis and I got an email about an amazing opportunity. The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, or ASF, was holding an event near Phoenix for a large group of potential donors, and they wanted to have a few Astronaut Scholars present for the event. I could barely contain my excitement when I realized who the speaker for the evening would be, Captain James Lovell, of Gemini 7 and 12, and Apollo 8 and 13!

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Left to Right: Myself, Captain James Lovell, and Travis Sawyer.

We arrived in Phoenix just before dinner time and drove out to the venue, a very nice country club in a gated neighborhood. We had the opportunity to talk with Captain Lovell a bit before the other folks started arriving, then we mingled until dinner time. We enjoyed a wonderful view of the sunset over the Phoenix Valley.

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Arizona sunsets are amazing.

After meeting and speaking with several retired folks, dinner commenced. We got to sit with the leadership of the ASF, plus a member of the board of Trustees for ASF and his family, and of course Captain Lovell.

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Travis, myself, Todd Hanson from ASF, and Captain Lovell at dinner

Most of the people at the table really didn’t know about optical sciences, so Travis and I took turns explaining the applications of optics, and our own individual backgrounds. I had a chance to pass around the hologram I had made as part of the Real Holography project I did as an undergraduate with CIAN. Travis talked about the role of optics in art, such as determining brush strokes, artist identification, and the hyperspectral imaging of art. I got to ask Captain Lovell several questions, such as about the Apollo 13 movie and his involvement. Turns out the captain of the aircraft carrier that retrieves the Apollo 13 crew in the film is the actual Captain Lovell!  I also asked him if there was a question that people always asked him at events like these, to which he replied “How do you go to the bathroom in space?”

He then gave a lecture to us and the potential donors present about his experiences in Space, mostly about Apollo 13.

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Captain Lovell showed us a video that was included in the report to Congress on the events of Apollo 13.

He had remarkable hindsight to say that the explosion was the best thing to happen to NASA at the time, because it exposed some of the complacency that had lead to the accident, and allowed the incredible people who were part of NASA to shine as they worked furiously to bring the team home. He was also quite funny and a gentlemen. What a privilege to spend time with him.

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SPIE Ben faceBENJAMIN CROMEY –GRADUATE STUDENT, UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA

Benjamin Cromey is pursuing his PhD in Optical Sciences and Engineering at the University of Arizona. As a member of the Optics Ambassadors and the Vice President for the Student Optics Chapter, optics outreach is one of his passions. He participated in the 2012 IOU program with CIAN and worked with 3D Holographic Displays as an undergraduate. Currently, he works with Dr. Khanh Kieu on fiber lasers and Multiphoton Microscopy.

CIAN Student Retreat & Innovation to Market Workshop 2015

This year’s CIAN Student Retreat and Innovation to Market Workshop took place after the CIAN Annual Retreat. Two speakers were hosted to share their expertise on interview skills and entrepreneurship. Below, find George Kenney’s presentation and advice from Bri McWhorter on the “Top Five Interview Techniques.”

Access George Kenney’s Presentation

Part 1

Part 2

 

george-kenneyGeorge Kenney
Managing Director & Co-Founder
Shepherd Ventures

A Managing Director and co-founder of Shepherd Ventures, George has a strong technical background combined with extensive Wall Street and financial industry experience. He has been a successful manager in rapid growth environments, turning around struggling operations and developing and mentoring high technology companies. George has invested in a broad range of technology companies. He also runs an Entrepreneur’s Boot Camp which prepares CEOs to raise money.

Before forming Shepherd Ventures, George was CTO and Partner at Nicholas-Applegate, a money management firm in San Diego, where he directed technology and operations to grow and sell the company. Prior to Nicholas-Applegate, George was CTO and Managing Director at Kidder Peabody in New York City, becoming an expert in Investment Risk Management. Previously he held top information technology positions at Swiss Bank, Salomon Brothers and the American Stock Exchange. As Director of Research for North American Philips and co-founder of Digital Measurements Corp., George obtained numerous US and foreign patents.

George holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia University, an MSEE from Stanford University and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Additionally, he attended the Optic’s Program at London’s Imperial College and is a Graduate of Harvard University’s Industrial Management Program.  A noted technology futurist, George has been a keynote speaker at financial conferences on The Future of Technology. He has served as a Trustee for the San Diego Museum of Art and as pro-bono Chairman of the museum’s Investment Committee.  He has also served on the Board of Governors of the National Association of Small  Business Investment Companies and is currently  a board member of several technology companies.


TOP FIVE INTERVIEW TECHNIQUES

by Bri McWhorter, CEO and Founder of Activate to Captivate

1. BE MENTALLY PRESENT

Be here and now. It is the most important advice I can give. Miscommunications and missed opportunities occur far too often because people are distracted by their own thoughts and not focusing on what is happening in front of them. This is especially hard in an interview, when your body is filled with nerves and your mind is running through all the various ways this interview could play out. Instead of focusing on what could be, pay attention to what is.

2. CHANGE YOUR MINDSET

The first thing to do before entering an interview is to change your mindset. Instead of saying to yourself, “Don’t mess up” or “Please pick me,” enter the room believing you are already on their team. You and the interviewer are already colleagues. You are entering the room to get to know each other better, to exchange ideas and to see if you can work together to build something great. You are not entering the room to be grilled or interrogated. This is a supportive atmosphere where you can have a conversation and explore new topics.

3. YOU ARE ALSO INTERVIEWING THEM

It is important to remember that you are also interviewing them. You need to figure out if this is a work environment that you can thrive in. The last thing you want to do is move your whole life around for this job and find out that this is not a place you feel you can spread your wings in. That is why an interview is a conversation. Go in excited to explore new possibilities. You are seeing if you can add to their team and if their team is the right fit for you.

4. GO WITH THE FLOW

The most common remark I hear when I help people prepare for interviews is that they are afraid of not knowing an answer to a question. It is impossible to predict and prepare for every possible situation and question. Instead, breathe and be excited about this experience. Fun is the antidote to fear. I have my clients engage in various improvisation exercises to remind them that the unplanned can be fun.

5. PREPARE

Even though you can’t prepare for everything, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t prepare. Do your homework. Know the company you are interviewing for. What is their mission statement? What are they currently working on? Were any articles about them released lately? With the internet at your fingertips, you have a vast amount of resources to consult before entering an interview situation. You also need to know why you are the best fit for this job. If you don’t know why you are ideal for this position, how can you expect others to believe you are?

Prepare the answer these questions:

  • Why you?
  • What sets you apart from the rest of the competition?
  • Why this job?
  • Why this company?
  • What previous experiences will help you succeed in this new position?
  • What questions would you ask if you were interviewing someone for this job?
  • What do you hope to accomplish with this position?
  • What questions do you have for the interviewer?

 SUMMARY

  • Stay mentally and physically present.
  • Change your mindset about the interview. See it as an opportunity to exchange ideas.
  • You are also interviewing them. You want to see if this is the right fit for you. Be sure you can thrive.
  • Go with the flow. Have fun.
  • Prepare what you can.

bri-mcwhorterBri McWhorter
CEO and Founder
Activate to Captivate

Bri McWhorter is the CEO and Founder of Activate to Captivate where she teaches communication techniques from an actor’s point of view. She specializes in Presentation Skills, Interpersonal Communications, Interview Techniques and is a Speech Coach. She is a Communications Consultant for UC Irvine. She teaches communication certificate programs on public speaking for graduate students and postdocs. She also works with faculty on upcoming presentations. She has a MFA in Acting from UC Irvine and a BA in Theater and Performance Studies from UC Berkeley.  She is a private speech coach and conducts group communication workshops for various companies and universities. For more information on Bri, please visit www.activatetocaptivate.com.

AISPIRE After-School Program – Visit to the U of A

CIAN has formed a partnership with the San Simon Day School located on the Tohono O’odham reservation in Arizona. Together, San Simon teacher and previous Research Experience for Teachers (RET) participant, Martha Rogers, and CIAN faculty, staff, and graduate students are working to develop and host an exciting after-school program for these students ranging in grades 3 to 8.

The AISPIRE After-School Program (or American Indian Student & Parent Involved Research Experience) is a huge hit with students and parents. Recently, on November 3rd forty-six San Simon students, their teachers, and a few parents traveled from the school to the University of Arizona for a personalized visit. Students visited three CIAN laboratories including the 3D holography lab, the Quantum Nano Optics of Semiconductors (QNOS) lab, and the Multiphoton Microscopy lab. Then the students learned about Optics by creating their own lenses using “Edible Optics” designed and created by CIAN student, Jasmine Sears. Finally, the students learned about kaleidoscopes and created their own kaleidoscopes to take home with them.

Overall, it was an amazing day and visit with the students of San Simon and the AISPIRE program.

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CIAN Research Featured by NSF

The National Science Foundation recently visited CIAN at the University of Arizona and spoke with Dr. Nasser Peyghambarian, Director of the CIAN Engineering Research Center, and other researchers on the topic of cutting-edge 3-D hologram technology.

The article discusses the exciting impacts of CIAN’s research and how it “could be felt in almost every home. Ultra-high data bandwidth and cost effective services could contribute to business innovation, improve educational opportunities, enhance distribution of medical services, minimize the environmental impact from infrastructure and pollution, enable new and varied entertainment opportunities, and increase overall national security, just to name a few possibilities.”

Watch the video by Science Nation here!

And learn more about CIAN’s research and the future of 3-D technologies from Dr. Pierre-Alexandre Blanche as he speaks on

“Drowning the Internet and then saving it: Holographic 3-D display and holographic optical switch.”

 

CIAN Annual Retreat Approaches

REGISTER TO ATTEND THE CIAN ANNUAL RETREAT!

(Click above link then on the ‘Please RSVP’ and complete the form.)

Students are encouraged to speak with faculty as soon as possible to determine if they will be attending. Student presentations will be given on Nov. 13th. Speak with your mentor to determine if you will be giving a presentation. The Student’s Annual Retreat will be held simultaneously on Nov. 11 & 12, with consideration of the CIAN Annual Retreat agenda (see below for registration information, speakers, and topics).

Dates: November 12-13, 2015
Location: San Diego, CA
Lodging: Sheraton La Jolla Hotel

CIAN Annual Retreat Agenda

Please make your hotel reservations as soon as possible to obtain the discounted rate of $144.  The rate will be good for up to 3 days before and 3 days after our meeting. Hotel Deadline is October 10 (but don’t wait because there are only a limited amount of rooms).  Click on either of the links below.

CIAN Retreat (OR copy and paste the following link into a web browser)
https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/events/start.action?id=1509022518&key=3175D815

Questions about the CIAN Annual Retreat may be directed to Trin Riojas.

Questions about the CIAN Student Retreat may be directed to Amee Hennig.


REGISTER TO ATTEND THE CIAN STUDENT RETREAT!

Date: November 11-13, 2014
Location: San Diego, CA
Lodging: Sheraton La Jolla Hotel

Student Annual Retreat Draft Agenda

The CIAN Student Dinner and Activity will take place on November 11th in the afternoon and evening. Please make your travel plans and hotel reservations with these events in mind.

Nov. 11
Student Activity: Kayaking, 5pm (See Soha Namnabat and Alex Miles) (RSVP required)

Nov. 12
Student Dinner: Sheraton La Jolla Hotel (RSVP required)

Nov. 13
8:30am-10am, 10:30am-12:00pm – Student Presentations (Register your talk here)
1:00pm-2:30pm – Speaker 1: Bri McWhorter – Interview Skills Boot Camp
2:30pm-4:30pm – Speaker 2: George Kenney – Entrepreneur Boot Camp

Questions about the CIAN Student Retreat may be directed to Amee Hennig.

Chip-Scale Testbed Capabilities

CHIP-SCALE TESTING LABORATORY

The TOAN testbed facility has recently expanded its photonic devices testing facility into a dedicated lab: the CIAN Chip-Scale Testing Laboratory (CST).  The CST has the capability to characterize unpackaged passive and active photonic chips and is directly connected to TOAN testbed through single-mode fiber and gigabit-Ethernet.  This connectivity enables the insertion and evaluation of the unpackaged photonic chips on the network as a system. Pictures of the CST laboratory and a list of its capabilities are described below.

The CST facility supports characterization of passive waveguide devices as well as active devices such as lasers, modulators, transmitters and receivers.  Optical signals can be coupled on and off chip via lensed fibers, butt coupling, or other specialized means. Passive device characterization can be performed through all fiber-optic telecommunication bands. Active characterization includes S-parameter testing up to 67GHz, and BER and eye-diagram testing up to 32Gb/s.

For system-level testing, packet streams up to 40Gb/s can be flowed through the device, and the network’s ability to process the return streams with suitable latency, bit rates, and in accordance with the modulation schemes being run, can be evaluated. Continue reading