Rice Photonic Owls (SPIE Student Chapter)

Promoting the Discipline of Optical Science and Engineering at Rice University

Quoting from our Constitution: "The purpose of the Chapter shall be to promote the discipline of Optical Science and Engineering through the organized effort of this group in study, research, and discussion; to disseminate knowledge of the field of Optical Engineering; and to further the professional development of the students. The Chapter shall promote membership in the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers, described as SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering, hereinafter known as SPIE - by acquainting the student body with the ideas, purposes, and objectives of SPIE."

Events Calendar

Chapter Officers (2014)
President: Bob Zheng
Vice President: Sam Gottheim
Treasurer: Andie Schlather
Secretary: Nick King
Faculty Advisor: Naomi Halas


More Information on SPIE website.


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Chapter News

Nov. 14, 2007
We're official, as of today! We were just notified by Dirk Fabian, Student Services Coordinator for SPIE: "This letter is to announce that the Rice Photonic Owls SPIE Student Chapter has been formally approved by the SPIE Board of Directors at the November meeting in Glasgow, Scotland. Congratulations! "

Sept. 18, 2007
Rice University has a new club on campus - the Photonic Owls. Recently approved by GSA, and soon to be approved by SPIE (hopefully), the club provides a forum for optics-minded students to exchange ideas, collaborate, and share their knowledge with the Rice campus.

If you are a current SPIE student member, or just interested in joining, please contact one of the officiers and get involved!