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June 2024

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Dear Members of the IEEE Photonics Society,

It’s hard to believe that over half a year has already passed since I stepped into the role of Editor-in-Chief for the IEEE Photonics Newsroom. I still vividly remember the day I first ventured into the Photonics Community, where the warm welcome I received inspired me to get involved as a volunteer. Despite having been part of several technical communities and councils, the passion, connection, and sense of belonging within this society are truly unparalleled. The down-to-earth nature of every member, staff, and volunteer is uplifting and fosters a supportive environment for all.

During my graduate studies, the IEEE Photonics Society and its incredible members provided unwavering support in every possible way.  One program that stands out is the Mentor-Mentee program, which pairs you with an experienced professional in your field to guide and assist you during conferences. This program not only helps break the ice but also opens doors for potential collaborations post-conference. This is just one example of the many ways society fosters growth and connection.

Our Photonics Society Newsroom section features a wide range of content, including up-to-date research, photonics lab highlights worldwide, publications, book reviews, chapter spotlights, conference reviews, education and outreach, industry engagement, leadership, member spotlights, and much more! We are committed to showcasing your research, your lab, your chapter, and your contributions to society, while also offering career guidance to help you grow professionally. The key point here is that the IEEE Photonics Society is dedicated to supporting its members and volunteers. But the crucial question is, how can we best assist you? To provide the help and guidance you need, we must first understand your specific needs. In short, Help us, Help you!

As Editor-in-Chief, I am eager to welcome more contributors to our newsroom section. Despite our best efforts to bring everything into focus, there is always room for improvement. Your fresh perspectives and enthusiasm could be the driving force behind positive change. We are actively seeking passionate individuals who want to be the catalysts for change and join our newsroom as contributors. Remember, change starts with you, and taking action is the first step toward making a difference.

If you are interested in becoming a newsroom contributor or have constructive criticism to share for the development of our newsroom section, please feel free to reach out to me or Lisa. We are here to help, and we look forward to hearing from you!

Warm regards,

Naznin Akter

Editor-in-Chief

IEEE Photonics Society Newsroom