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Early Career Professionals

Early Career Professionals Programming

The Society offers a variety of programs and resources for our Early Career Professional members. These Programs support and engage members through interactive workshops, online resources and volunteer opportunities. Our programs provide members diverse, career-building experiences and facilitates valuable networking opportunities with top researchers and Industry leaders from around the world.

Potential Programs and volunteer opportunities include:

  • Professional Development: Participate in person at a meeting or virtually to learn more about how to transition from academia to industry, communicate science to the public, and other skills necessary to move forward in your career.
  • Technical Meetings & Conferences: Preside over sessions, solicit and evaluate papers, blog/tweet about meetings and participate as program committee members.
  • Ambassador Program: Serve as a leader in the field as an ambassador to student chapters and other early career professionals. To learn more check out the Ambassador page.
  • Journal Publications: Review articles and participate in special initiatives such as providing feedback on new topic areas for publications.
  • Community and Education Outreach: Assist with youth education outreach program development, grant reviews and translation of materials.

If you have questions or would like more information about the Early Career Professionals Programing, please email

“The volunteer opportunities presented by my program involvement have boosted my career in ways I couldn't have imagined. I am reviewing journal manuscripts, involved in conference committees and technical groups, and have started blogging for the society.”

– Arlene Smith, 2014  Outstanding Early Career Professional

"I served on the Applied Industrial Optics committee. It was a wonderful experience. The chairs gave me the opportunity to manage the imaging section of the conference. I invited six prominent speakers from the industry and academia, and presided at three technical sessions. The chairs elected me to serve as a program chair for 2013 AIO. All of this would not have been possible had it not been for The Early Career Professionals programming!"

– Prasanna Pavani, Research Scientist at Ricoh Innovations