Membership Council

The IEEE Photonics Society’s Membership Council was formed to ensure that the interests of the members are addressed, to oversee the direction of the Society’s chapters and to initiate programs that add value to the membership and photonics community at large. The Membership Council also leads the Society’s membership recruitment and retention strategies. 

The Membership Council is chaired by the IEEE Photonics Society’s Vice President of Membership and consists of the President, the President-Elect, Associate Vice Presidents segmented by the Society’s strategic areas of focus, the Newsletter Editor and the four Board of Governors Members serving the second year of their elected terms. A complete roster is below.

Strategic Objectives

  • Evaluate the Society’s benefits, engagement efforts and membership products regularly;
  • Enhance the coordination between the Society’s activities at the local chapter and international levels; 
  • Provide a long-term membership career paths to guide members at they transition from student to member to leader; 
  • Expand the diversity of the photonics community by increasing the participation of Women in PhotonicsYoung Professionals, marginalized groups and members from developing nations; 
  • Increase mentorship, networking and micro-volunteering opportunities for all photonics community sectors;  
  • Educate public and government leaders on the capabilities and benefits of photonic technology.

Strategic Committees

 The Membership Council has three Strategic Committees that report to it within the Society’s governance structure:

Member Development Resources

Check out these member development resources! Available to support IEEE Photonics Volunteers worldwide who are engaged in membership development activities.

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Juan Hernandez-Cordero

VP Membership

Term: 2023 – 2025
National Autonomous University of Mexico

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Natalia Cañas-Estrada

AVP Strategic Partnerships

Term: 2023 – 2025
Mynaric, Germany

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Kithinji Muriungi

AVP Chapter Relations

Term: 2022 – 2024
KamsHub/Konza Smart City, Kenya

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Yesenia Rivera-Lopez

AVP Student Membership

Term: 2020 – 2022
Puerto Rico Photonics Institute

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Senta Jantzen

AVP Communications

Term: 2021 – 2023
ASML, Netherlands

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Dominic Siriani

Newsletter Editor-in-Chief 

Term: 2021 – 2023
Cisco Systems, Inc., USA

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Thomas Clark

2nd Year Elected Board Member

Term: 2023 – 2023
Johns Hopkins University, USA

Amr Helmy

Amr Helmy

2nd Year Elected Board Member

Term: 2023 – 2023
University of Toronto, Canada

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Roland Ryf

2nd Year Elected Board Member

Term: 2023 – 2023
Nokia Bella Labs, USA

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Elaine Wong

2nd Year Elected Board Member

Term: 2023 – 2023
University of Melbourne, Australia

Staff Support

Lauren Mecum-Smith

Senior Manager, Strategic Programs

Lisa sandt

Membership & Chapter Administrator