• Technical Conference: 

    09 – 14 May 2021

  • Exhibition: 

    11 – 13 May 2021

Special Events


How can CLEO improve inclusion at its meeting?

While CLEO is committed to improving diversity at its meeting, inclusion is the key to fostering and maintaining vitality in our diverse community. By bringing together experts in diversity, and diverse members of our and other communities, this workshop seeks to understand, hear and learn about what actions the conference can take to improve inclusivity. This workshop is open to all CLEO attendees and it values ALL opinions on the subject. Finally, ideas from this workshop will be used by CLEO's Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Taskforce to help expand its efforts in D&I.



Tara Fortier, National Institute of Standards & Technology, USA

Michael Mielke, Iradion Laser Inc., USA

Rohit Prasankumar, Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA



Peter Delfyett, University of Central Florida, USA

Theodore Hodapp, APS, USA

Stefanie Johnson, University of Colorado Leeds Business School, USA

Gabriel Montano, Northern Arizona University, USA

Jessie Rosenberg, IBM, USA

Thomas Searles, Howard University, USA


Art Ashkin Memorial Symposium

This special memorial symposium will describe and honor the contributions of Arthur Ashkin.



Gary Bjorklund, Bjorklund Enterprises, USA

Steve Harris, Stanford University, USA



Aline Ashkin, Retired, USA

John Bjorkholm, Retired, USA

Gary Bjorklund, Moderator, Bjorklund Enterprises, USA

Steve Block, Stanford University, USA

Gary Boyd, Nokia Bell Labs, USA

Bob Byer, Stanford University, USA

Steve Chu, Stanford University, USA

Joe Dziedzic, Retired, USA

Rene Essiambre, Nokia Corporation, USA

Steve Harris, Moderator, Stanford University, USA

Erich Ippen, Retired, USA

Elizabeth Rogan, Moderator, The Optical Society, USA

Erik Schäffer, Retired, Germany

Roger Stolen, Clemson University, USA


What does it take to be a quantum (optical) engineer?

In the past, experience in quantum science was only suitable for a handful of academic job openings so that most career advisers recommended removing any mention of this experience from resumes. As the quantum industry is being born, there is a growing demand for qualified personnel. Who are the people who fill these jobs: engineers or scientists? What do they do? Which skills and experiences are most valuable for today's and tomorrow's workforce? Would additional training help? Who is hiring: academia, research labs, large companies, startups, or... perhaps you will identify an entrepreneurial aspiration in yourself? Most importantly, are quantum careers here to stay? Join the panel of experts with diverse backgrounds to find out.



Wilhelm Kaenders, TOPTICA Photonics Inc., Germany

Sergey Polyakov, National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA


Publishing in 2021: challenges and solutions

Publishing is the main avenue for dissemination of novel ideas and methods, and is often used to measure the productivity of a research group. Therefore, scientific publishing is essential for both career development and successful grant applications. However, with the emergence of many new journals, as well as with the expansion of open access and for-profit publishing, the publishing landscape in optics and photonics is rapidly changing. This workshop, through interaction between the audience and a panel of relevant actors in the publication process, aims to explore the impact of publishing cost, confidentiality barriers, and impact factor, on the progress of optical science and engineering. 


Christophe Dorrer, University of Rochester, USA

Tara Fortier, National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA

Jin Kang, Johns Hopkins University, USA

Viktor Podolskiy, University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA

Clara Saraceno, Ruhr Universität Bochum, Germany



Ben Eggleton, University of Sydney, Australia



Jose Capmany, Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Spain

Prem Kumar, Northwestern University, USA

Elizabeth Nolan, The Optical Society, USA

Anna Peacock, University of Southampton, UK

Michael Thoennessen, APS Editor-in-Chief, USA

Rachel Won, Nature Photonics, UK


Optimizing Career Paths in Optics: The Guide for Young Professionals

Career planning is very important for young professionals in optics. Different career paths are available, each with its own requirements, challenges, and rewards. We invite you to hear firsthand from your early career and more seasoned colleagues alike about their jobs and the paths they took to get there. Practical questions on how to excel in an optics-related career will be answered in addition to an open Q&A to tackle the questions most pressing to you.



Christophe Dorrer, University of Rochester, USA

Natalia Litchinitser, Duke University, USA

Sergey Polyakov, National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA

Stephanie Tomasulo, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, USA



Andrea Blanco-Redondo, Nokia Bell Labs, USA

Alan Fry, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, USA

Randy Giles, The Optical Society, USA

Daehwan Jung, KIST, Korea

Gregory Rieker, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA

Jelena Vuckovic, Stanford University, USA



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