IONS Midwest 2018

Purdue University

Discovery Park

Aug 2nd – 3rd

The first half of the conference will take place at Discovery Park at Purdue University, which is an interdisciplinary research park where the fields of life sciences, physics and engineering converge. It is home to multiple research centers with cutting edge technology and facilities, including the Birck Nanotechnology Center, which consists of a world class academic cleanroom and is a multidisciplinary research center hosting research of ~160 research groups.

For more information, please visit the following links:

Discovery Park

Birck Nanotechnology Center

Photo credit: Purdue University file photo

University of Dayton

Aug 5th – 6th

The second half of the conference will be hosted at the University of Dayton (UD). Research in the Department of Electro-Optics and Photonics and Department of Physics at UD is fueled by the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) that conducts over $100 million in annual sponsored research, our nation’s largest Air Force research facility, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, and many private research industries around the Dayton region.  UD hosts state-of-the-art research in many areas of photonics including energy and sensors, free-space and fiber optical communications, and nonlinear optics.

Photo Credit: The University of Dayton

Invited Speakers

Nicholas A. Peters, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Quantum Communications Team Lead

Thomas Murphy, University of Maryland

Director of the Institute for Research in Electronics & Applied Physics

Gaurav Bahl, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Science and Engineering

Zubin Jacob, Purdue University

Associate Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Chen-Lung Hung, Purdue University

Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy

Nathaniel Kinsey, Virginia Commonwealth University

Assistant Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Daniel Mittleman, Brown University

Professor of Engineering

Augustine Urbas, AFRL

Optical Materials Research Lead, Materials Directorate

Paul F. McManamon, University of Dayton, Exciting Technology

Technical Director, Ladar and Optical Communications Institute (LOCI)

Rita Peterson, AFRL Sensors Directorate

Senior Physicist

Ruyan Guo, University of Texas at San Antonio

Robert E. Clarke Endowed Professor

Professional Development Speakers

Arnold Chen, Purdue University

Managing Director, Burton D. Morgan Entrepreneurship Center, Former VP of Operations at Aurrion

Eric Earley

ComSciCon-Chicago Co-organizer

Reyhaneh Maktoufi

ComSciCon-Chicago, Co-organizer


8:00 AMBreakfast and RegistrationBurton Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship (Purdue University)
8:30 AMOpening RemarksBurton Morgan
9:00 AMNicholas A. Peters
Plenary Session
Burton Morgan
10:00 AMCoffee BreakBurton Morgan
10:30 AMZubin Jacob
Invited Talk
Burton Morgan
11:00 AMNanophotonics and Metamaterials
Student Oral Session
Burton Morgan
12:00 PMLunchBurton Morgan
1:00 PMThomas Murphy
Plenary Session
Burton Morgan
2:00 PMChapter Development Burton Morgan
2:30 PMCoffee BreakBurton Morgan
3:00 PMNathaniel Kinsey
Invited Talk
Burton Morgan
3:30 PMNanophotonics and Metamaterials
Student Oral Session
Burton Morgan
4:30 PM Lab ToursBirck Nanotechnology Center
6:00 PMDinnerBirck Nanotechnology Center
8:00 AMRegistration and BreakfastBurton Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship
9:00 AMGaurav Bahl
Plenary Session
Burton Mogran
10:00 AMPoster Session 1Birck Atrium
12:00 PMLunchBirck Atrium
1:00 PMStudent Oral SessionBurton Morgan
3:00 PMCoffee BreakBurton Morgan
3:30 PMArnold Chen
Career Development Workshop
Entrepreneurship as a Research Path
Burton Morgan
4:30 PMSPIE Sponsored: Career PanelBurton Morgan
6:00 PMFormal ReceptionBirck Atrium
7:30 AMBreakfast (on own)
8:00 AM Travel to University of Dayton
12:30 PMBus from Purdue arrives at UD and lunchMarriott at the University of Dayton and Fitz Hall
2:00 PMTravel to Air Force Museum VisitNational Museum of the USAF
5:30 PMCheck inMarriott at the University of Dayton
7:00 PMDinner (on own)Travel provided to local eateries
8:30 PMNight in the District (Optional)Use Uber or Lift to visit Oregon District (Strip of local bars and eateries)
TimeEvent Location
7:30 AMShuttles to campusMarriott
8:00 AMRegistration and BreakfastKennedy Union 331
8:45 AMPaul McManamon
Augustine Urbas
Plenary Session
Science Center 146
10:30 AMCoffee breakScience Center Atrium
11:00 AMStudent Oral SessionScience Center 146
12:30 PMLunchKennedy Union 310
1:30 PMOptical Engineering and Entrepreneurship: From Today’s Dreams to Tomorrow’s Achievements
Industry Panel Session
Imad Agha
John Taranto (Thorlabs)
Dr. Lawrence Barnes (AFRL-Sensors Directorate)
Lucian Hand (Light Conversion)
Dr. Tamara Payne (Applied Optimization)
Dr. Mikhail Vorontsov (Optonicus)
Kennedy Union 331
2:45 PMGroup PictureScience Center Exterior
3:30 PMEric Earley and Reyhaneh Maktoufi
ComSciCon Workshop
Introduction to Effective Science Communication
Kennedy Union 331
5:30 PMSocial HourTorch Lounge, Kennedy Union
6:30 PMDinnerTorch Lounge, Kennedy Union
8:00 AMBreakfastCurran Place, Meyers Room
(River Campus)
9:00 AMDaniel Mittleman
Plenary Session

Rita Peterson
Invited Talk
Curran Place, Meyers Room
(River Campus)
10:45 AMBreak
11:00 AMStudent Oral SessionCurran Place, Meyers Room
(River Campus)
12:30 PMTravel to Fitz Hall
1:00 PMPoster Session 3 setupLOCI (Fitz Hall 580)
1:15 PMPoster Session 3 and Exhibition
Lunch provided
LOCI (Fitz Hall 580)
2:00 PMPoster Session 4 setupLOCI (Fitz Hall 580)
2:15 PMPoster Session 4 and Exhibition
Lunch provided
LOCI (Fitz Hall 580)
3:00 PMDepartment of Electro-Optics and Photonics lab toursEOP (Fitz Hall 568)
4:00 PM-4:45PMBreak and Transportation cycles between Fitz Hall, Marriot, and Curran Place (details after Poster session)
5:00 PMRuyan Guo
Closing Session
Curran Place, Meyers Room
(River Campus)
6:00 PMClosing Banquet Curran Place, Meyers Room
(River Campus)