FBH news: 21.04.21

FBH leadership in the Globalization Committee of the IEEE Photonics Society

Two researchers from the Ferdinand-Braun-Institut have recently taken strategic positions leading IEEE Photonics Society's globalization efforts. From now until 2023, Paul Crump will be the organization’s Globalization Chair, coordinating the efforts of the IEEE Photonics Society Globalization Committee (https://www.photonicssociety.org/chapters-communities/globalization-committee). Paul and the Committee's main goal is to help ensure all global regions in photonics are well represented within the IEEE Photonics Society, to encourage international development and exchange in Photonics, and to enable successful world-wide cooperation and coordination. Although proper visibility and representation are vital, "it is particularly important to me that our diverse, dynamic international community can effectively link with each other and together advance the field of photonics", explains Paul, the head of the High-Power Diode Lasers Lab at FBH, who has already been involved in the IEEE Photonics Society for many years.

Neysha Lobo Ploch will also be joining the Society’s Globalization Committee, as well as its Humanitarian & Public Imperative Committee, from 2021-2023, as their representative to the IEEE SIGHT group (Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology, https://sight.ieee.org/). The SIGHT group seeks to directly use multidisciplinary technology to improve the lives of people in developing regions around the world, and Neysha will specifically help identify and coordinate opportunities for Photonics technology, focusing on regions with limited access to R&D resources. Neysha explains: "together with local people and the IEEE, I am committed to using the results of photonics research and development to really improve lives in developing regions". Her own field of research also offers a starting point: "I am researching, developing and commercializing UV LEDs and these exciting sources could play a major role in developing regions to disinfect water or fight pathogens."