Professor Lihong Wang visit

Dr. Lihong Wang(Professor, Medical and Electrical Engineering, Caltech), one of the inventors of Photoacoustic Imaging was hosted SPIE/OSA student chapter. He gave a talk on Photoacoustic Tomography titled "“Photoacoustic Tomography: Ultrasonically Beating Optical Diffusion". It was a great talk with a huge turnout. Many students, staff and faculty member showed up for the talk.


Summary of the talk:

Photoacoustic tomography (PAT), combining optical and ultrasonic waves via the photoacoustic effect, provides in vivo functional, metabolic, molecular, and histologic imaging. PAT has the unique strength of high-resolution imaging across the length scales of organelles, cells, tissues, organs, and small-animal organisms with consistent contrast. PAT has the potential to empower holistic omniscale biology research and accelerate translation from microscopic laboratory discoveries to macroscopic clinical practice. Potential applications include imaging of the breast, brain, skin, esophagus, colon, vascular system, and lymphatic system in both animals and humans.


SPIE/OSA student chapter participated in Engineering Expo

SPIE/OSA student chapter participated in Engineering Expo on April 8. 

Engineering EXPO is a two-day event held annually at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's College of Engineering. EXPO is run entirely by students and has historically brought over 10,000 visitors to campus biennially. Participants at EXPO include Fortune 500 industry leaders, engineering student organizations on campus, individuals displaying their engineering projects and ideas, and thousands of students and members of the community. Over the two days of EXPO, elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools are invited to explore what engineering involves.

Here you can see, Sam Alkmin explaining a wave box designed by Heidi Kletzien and Ben Cox.


SPIE at Engineering expo





Saturday Science at Morgridge

SPIE/OSA student chapter UW-Madison demonstrated cool microscopy to kids in Saturday Science in Wisconsin Institue of Discovery on March 4. The theme was Aldo Leopold day, so the focus was nature and conservation. The officers and the members had a great time showing the kids cool microscope images and the kids were very enthusiastic, had lots of question for everyone. Some parents showed interest in buying portable microscopes for their kids watching how interested the kids are.

Thanks everyone for volunteering.


interested kids



OSA Distinguished Guest Seminar - Prof. Changhuei Yang

The SPIE/OSA Student Chapter of UW-Madison is very proud to announce that we will have a very special guest visit us for what I am sure will be an awesome seminar. Prof. Changhuei Yang from CalTech will visit us on Tuesday, 11/11/16 and will give his talk titled "Focusing light into biological tissues with wavefront engineering" @ 4 PM in room 1025 in ECB. As always food and refreshments will be served. If you would like to meet with him while he is here, please let Kirby ( know soon because his schedule is filling up quickly!

EDIT: Prof. Yang's visit was a huge success! We had a great turnout for his lecture - thanks to all who came to his fascinating talk!

Prof. Yang with some of our student members


Officially accepted by OSA

Our student chapter has been officially accepted by OSA (Optical Society of America) and from now on it will be a joint SPIE/OSA chapter. Congratulations!

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BMES introduction

We sucessfully introduced the club to BMES.  Much interest was expressed in the idea of having a better optics education program on campus.