|Founded||July 1, 1955|
|Origins||Formerly: the Society of Photographic Instrumentation Engineers, later, the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers|
President: William ArnoldCEO: Eugene Arthurs
|Focus(es)||Optics and photonics related technologies|
|Method(s)||Conferences, Publications, Trade Shows|
|Motto||Connecting Minds. Advancing Light.|
SPIE is a not-for-profit international professional society for optics and photonics technology, founded in 1955. It organizes technical conferences, trade exhibitions, and continuing education programs for researchers and developers in the light-based fields of physics, including, but not limited to: optics, photonics, and imaging engineering. SPIE is most known for Photonics West, held in San Francisco.
The society publishes peer-reviewed scientific journals, conference proceedings, monographs, tutorial texts, field guides, and reference volumes in print and online. In 2012, the society provided $3.3 million in support of optics education and outreach 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 (DBA) 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 working in a wide variety of fields that utilize some aspect of optics and photonics, 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 the society 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 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 NDE
- SPIE Photomask Technology
- SPIE Security + Defence
- SPIE Laser Damage
- SPIE Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation
- SPIE Optifab
- SPIE Remote Sensing
The society's first publication, SPIE Newsletter, was launched in 1957. In 1959, the society published its first book, SPIE Photographic Instrumentation Catalog. The newsletter morphed into the Society’s first journal, now known as Optical Engineering, SPIE’s flagship monthly journal. Throughout the years, SPIE has created many publications including journals, magazines, newspapers, websites, and books.
SPIE currently publishes:
- Nine scientific online journals (Open Access materials available)
- SPIE Technical Paper Proceedings
- SPIE Digital Library containing 400,000+ online technical papers from journals and proceedings - articles from 1962 to present day with 18,000+ papers added annually (Open Access materials available)
- SPIE Press, the academic publishing arm of the society, publishes monographs, tutorial texts, field guides, and other books essential to optics and photonics
- SPIE Professional, the society's online and printed quarterly magazine (Open Access materials available)
- SPIE Newsroom, a news website covering 13 technical communities in optics and photonics (Open Access materials available)
- Open Access, content available to anyone
- Optical Engineering (OE), the flagship monthly journal of the society, with peer-reviewed papers 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 on electronic imaging science and technology.
- Journal of Biomedical Optics (JBO), is published monthly with peer-reviewed papers on optical technology in health care and research.
- Journal of Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS, and MOEMS (JM3), is published quarterly and contains peer-reviewed papers on technologies for 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 on remote sensing.
- Journal of Nanophotonics (JNP), is an online-only, peer-reviewed journal on fabrication and application of nanostructures that either generate or manipulate light from the infrared to the ultraviolet regimes.
- Journal of Photonics for Energy (JPE) is an e-journal that covers fundamental and applied research applications of photonics for renewable energy harvesting, conversion, storage, distribution, monitoring, consumption, and efficient usage.
The SPIE Digital Library publishes online technical papers from SPIE Journals and Conference Proceedings from 1962 to the present, as well as eBooks published by SPIE Press. There are over 400,000 articles with more than 18,000 new research papers added annually.
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. It publishes:
- 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 from Newton's first reflections on optics and modern breakthroughs in nanotechnology, selected by volume editors with world literature knowledge in their respective fields
Many of the above are published in electronic form on the SPIE Digital Library and for mobile devices through nook, Apple, and other resellers.
SPIE Professional is a quarterly magazine that covers optics industry insights, technology overviews, career trends, and provides informational articles for optics and photonics professionals.
The SPIE Newsroom includes 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 related to optics and photonics news, SPIE.TV, SPIE Announcements, member news, and product updates. RSS Feeds are available on different topics.
SPIE Open Access
SPIE started a new Open Access program January of 2013 to promote knowledge transfer, education, and awareness of technology and industry developments in optics in photonics. All new articles published in SPIE journals for which authors pay voluntary page charges are freely accessible to anyone.
SPIE Career Center
The SPIE Career Center is the leading recruitment resource for companies and professionals in the optics and photonics community. Candidates can post their CV/resume online, search the job board, and access additional resources for career advancement. Employers and recruiters can post their jobs online and conduct targeted resume searches.
SPIE provides educational coursework in various formats including courses at conferences, CD-ROMs, DVDs and videos, and in-company training courses
The society's membership includes over 17,000 professionals, students, and organizations. Membership provides conference, course and publication rate reductions, online journal, and a print subscription to SPIE Professional, 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:
Those "distinguished through outstanding contributions in the relevant technologies" are eligible for election as SPIE Fellows. Since the society began in 1955, more than 900 members have been elected as Fellows. In 2012, 75 individuals were elected, and in 2013 there were 69 elevated to the rank of SPIE Fellow.
The society issues several awards:
- George W. Goddard Award (since 1961)
- Rudolf Kingslake Medal and Prize (since 1974)
- 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)
- 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.