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Professor Thomas Glynn elected SPIE Fellow

SPIE, the international optics and photonics society, is to honour Thomas Glynn of the School of Physics, NUI Galway as Fellow of the Society for his achievements in laser materials processing and optics education.

SPIE will honour 59 new Fellows of the Society this year. Fellows are members of distinction who have made significant scientific and technical contributions in the multidisciplinary fields of optics, photonics, and imaging. They are honoured for their technical achievement, for their service to the general optics community, and to SPIE in particular. More than 600 SPIE members have become Fellows since the Society's inception in 1955.

“The annual recognition of Fellows provides an opportunity for us to acknowledge outstanding members for their service to the general optics community,” says María Yzuel, SPIE President.

Professor Glynn's research centres on the optical properties of materials, and throughout his career, he has made numerous contributions to studies of the optical properties of a wide range of materials, to the applications of laser systems in materials processing, and to optics education.

Just as important is his work in optics education and its broader dissemination of the principles and applications of photonics. Glynn is an active member of SPIE. He was elected to the SPIE Board of Directors for the term 2005-2007. He also was an organizer and chair of the Lasers & Optical Engineering conference (1997), and of the SPIE OPTO-Ireland regional conference (2002), both held in Galway.

President of NUI Galway, Dr James J Browne, said: “It is a well deserved honour which reflects on the work of Professor Glynn, on the success of the National Centre for Laser Application (NCLA), the School of Physics and indeed on NUI Galway”.

Professor Chris Dainty of LightHouse is Honoured with
Vice-Presidency of the Optical Society of America

The Optical Society of America (OSA) has announced that Professor Christopher Dainty of NUI Galway has been elected as its 2009 vice president. As vice president, Professor Dainty will automatically become president-elect in 2010 and then the society's president in 2011, followed by a one-year term as past president. Christopher Dainty holds the chair of applied physics in the School of Physics at the NUI Galway and has been active in the global optics community for several decades. He was recently elected to membership of the Royal Irish Academy. President of NUI Galway, Dr James J. Browne, said: "I would like to congratulate Professor Dainty on his election to the post of Vice-President and President elect of the OSA. This is a fitting recognition of his contribution to the science of optics and adds lustre to his own reputation, that of his research group and indeed of the University. NUI Galway is proud to count Professor Dainty as one of its academic staff.' A Fellow of OSA, Dainty has been an OSA member since 1971. With widespread participation in OSA activities, he has been involved with topical meetings, awards and has been a two-time past member of the Board of Directors. In addition, Dainty has provided technical expertise to the organization's initiatives as a member of the Computational Optical Sensing and Imaging Program Committee, Adaptive Optics: Analysis and Methods Program Committee, and the Signal Recovery and Synthesis Program Committee. Dainty also served as the secretary-general and president of the International Commission for Optics, as well as the president of the European Optical Society. He currently is a member of the board of the European Technology Platform "Photonics 21" and is also on the external/scientific advisory boards of The Center for Adaptive Optics (Santa Cruz) and The Institute of Photonic Sciences (Barcelona). His research interests include optical imaging, scattering and propagation. In these areas, he has co-authored or edited six books, approximately 140 peer-reviewed papers and 220 conference presentations. Uniting more than 70,000 professionals from 134 countries, the Optical Society of America (OSA) brings together the global optics community through its programs and initiatives. Since 1916 OSA has worked to advance the common interests of the field, providing educational resources to the scientists, engineers and business leaders who work in the field by promoting the science of light and the advanced technologies made possible by optics and photonics. OSA publications, events, technical groups and programs foster optics knowledge and scientific collaboration among all those with an interest in optics and photonics. For more information, visit

Research Briefings
LightHouse is providing research briefings on key topics to industry in the Border, Midland& Western region. For more information, click here

LightForum Meeting:
April 17th 2008

The fourth annual LightForum meeting took place in Galway on April 17th 2008. More information is available here.

LightHouse receives €2.7M grant under PRTLI Cycle 4:

Minister for Education and Science Mary Hanafin T.D. has just announced major funding for a National Nanoscience Programme titled “Nanoteire”. LightHOUSE (the Centre for Applied Photonics) is a key component of this National Nanoscience and Nano-scale Technologies collaboration. The inclusion of Photonics as a cross-thematic activity in the formal research strategy of the University shows important foresight. It recognises the importance of the pervasive and enabling contributions that photonics will make to biomedical engineering science and environmental science at NUI Galway and to nanoscience and ICT initiatives nationally. The award will also enhance the University’s research and teaching reputation, by adding value to graduate schools in biomedical science (NUI Galway), nanoscience (TCD/UCC) and photonics (UCD/UCC). This vision for the future of photonics research strategically positions the University to respond to the growing opportunities and challenges that such new technologies will present to industry, both nationally, and internationally. The project has a total value of €32 M, of which €2.7 will go to LightHouse.

To see the press release announcing the award, click here.

LightHouse visit to Technium OpTIC In April 2007:

Professor Chris Dainty and Una Murphy accepted an invitation from the senior management team of Technium OpTIC to visit their award winning facility in St. Asaph, Denbighshire, in Wales. Technium OpTIC is part of the Technium Network in Wales.

Click here for more information.


LightHouse announces the launch of a Summer School offering the opportunity for international students to gain experience in research in applied photonics. For details of this initiative, click here.

NUI,Galway Scientists Contribute to European Science Policy Document
on July, 2006

Chris Dainty And Ger O'Connor with the Photonics 21 booklet Two NUI, Galway scientists have made key contributions to an important science policy document being presented to the European Commission this week...

Applications of Fiber lasers in Advanced Manufacturing- Technology Workshops
June 22nd, 2006

In association with: NCLA, Applied Optics group, SPI Laser, Rofin Baasel, Precitec and BFI Optilas.
Fiber lasers are a new type of laser that offer significant potential and a number of advantages in precision manufacturing applications. Their superior beam quality, a greatly reduced footprint, and significantly reduced maintenance overhead lead to improved processes, enhanced productivity and a reduced cost of ownership. This workshop presents an overview of the technology for interested professionals from industry.

Centre for Applied Photonics
NUI Galway, Ireland.
Ph: 353-91-493595 Fax: 353-91-494594


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