Sixth Annual Symposium

6th Annual Symposium

October 31st and November 1st, 2007

Optoelectronics Center Director and Event Host

Dr. Mike Fiddy

Keynote Speaker
Nobel Laureate
William D. Phillips

Keynote Speech - November 1st
On Thursday, Nov. 1st, Dr. Phillips will give his Keynote Speech at the Symposium, titled: Optics with laser-like atom waves

Publick Talk - November 2nd
On Friday, Nov. 2nd, Dr. Phillips will give an additional, pubic talk at the Student Activity Center, titled: Time, Einstein, and the Coolest Stuff in the Universe

Keynote Speaker
Professor of Optics, Physics & ECE, Cobb Family Chair, CREOL, University of Central Florida
George I. Stegeman

Dr. Stegeman will present the "New Era of Discreteness and Periodicity in Optics." Dr. Stegeman's biography can be viewed at his web site by clicking HERE

Dr. Robert K. McMahan

Senior Advisor to the State of North Carolina for Science & Technology

Executive Director, Office of Science and Technology / NC Board of Science and Technology

Michael S. Lebby

PhD, MBA, DEng,CEng

President and CEO, OIDA - Optoelectronics Industry Development Association

Dr Lebby will present: 10 Grand Challenges in Photonics on Wednesday the 31st., the evening before the Symposium

George J Simonis

Chief, Microphotonics Branch,

Army Research Laboratory

Dr Simonis will give his presentation at 11AM on Thursday, November the 1st., covering: Photonics Integration Needs in DoD Applications

Michael Feldman

Chief Technology Officer - Optics

Tessera North America

Dr Feldman will give a presentation at 10:30AM on Thursday, November the 1st regarding photonics start-ups: The Story of DOC.

Ronald E. Scotti

Science and Technology Strategist


Dr Scotti will give a presentation at 9:45AM on Thursday, November the 1st coveing SPIE's Technical Programs


Wednesday October 31st

5.00pm             Reception in Grigg Hall

6.00pm             Ten Challenges for Photonics and Global Trends, (Grigg 132) Michael Lebby, President OIDA

7.00pm             Open discussion

Thursday November 1st (SAC)

8.30am             Introductions/Welcome: Bob Wilhelm, Mike Fiddy

8.45am             Intro to Center, focus and capabilities: Mike Fiddy and Eric Johnson

9.15am             Photonics & Innovation in NC: Bob McMahan, Gov's Snr. Science Advisor

9.45am             SPIE’s technical programs, Dr. Ron Scotti, Science and Technology Strategist, SPIE

10.00am Break and exhibit (Center posters)

10.30am           Photonics Start-ups: the story of DOC: Dr. Michael Feldman CTO Tessera

11.00am           Photonics Integration needs in DoD Applications: Dr. George Simonis, Microphotonics Branch Chief, ARL

11.30am           Micro and NanoOptics at UNC-C, Dr. Faramarz Farahi, Chair Physics and Opt. Science

12.00pm           Lunch and vendor exhibit/posters

1.00pm             Quantum Dots in Optoelectronic Devices, Dr. Ed Stokes

1.25pm             Engineering Nanotechnology: a top down approach, Dr. Bob Hocken

1.50pm             Biomedical Optics at UNC-C, Dr. Nate Fried

2.15pm             New Era of Discreteness and Periodicity in Optics, Dr. George Stegeman, CREOL

3.00pm Break

3.30pm             Optics with laser-like atom waves: Dr. Bill Phillips, 1997 Nobel Laureate

4.30-7.00pm    Reception and Open House in Grigg Hall

Friday November 2nd (SAC)

12.00pm           Public Lecture by Dr. Bill Phillips, Nobel Laureate - "Time, Einstein and the coolest stuff in the universe"

Exhibitor List (PDF Format)

AFL Telecommunications


AGS Plasma Systems, Inc

The Alcatel Micro Machining Systems (MMS)

Busch Semiconductor Vacuum Group


Corning Inc.

FEI Phenom

Luna Innovations

Nexxus Lighting


OSA (Optical Society of America)



SSE Sister Semiconductor Equipment GmbH

Tessera North America (formerly Digital Optics Corporation)



Western Carolina University, Phil and Ken