Peter J. Delfyett
This month, our "Hot Topics" Section, focuses on the technical theme of nanocrystalline materials. This topic has gained considerable attention owing to the potential applications in electronics, optoelectronics, biomedicine and data storage. The two articles that we highlight in this month's issue are: "Nanocrystal self assembled superlattice materials", describing work ongoing at the School of Material Science and Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology, and "Optical properties of semiconductor nanocrystal quantum dots" highlighting activities at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. I hope that you enjoy these two articles, as they may create some new ideas and activities in your individual technical endeavors.
Our VP Column this month, takes a look at the present status, goals and future plans for IEEE LEOS Conferences. Key are the identification of new and emerging "hot topics", which can serve as the focus of technical conferences and thus to optimally serve our members, by providing the most recent, up to date technical information. In addition, future conference activities that include other overlapping technical societies, e.g., APS, OSA, and SPIE, are being planned. If you have any ideas, or suggestions regarding new conference activities or related technical activities, please contact the VP for Conferences or VP of Technical Affairs.
Our Profile column highlights Professor Takishi Kamiya , from the University of Tokyo. Prof. Kamiya is presently serving as an elected Board of Governers for IEEE/LEOS for the 1996-1998 term, as well as the Chair of the LEOS Tokyo Chapter since February 1998. Prof. Kamiya has been involved in a variety of research activities in semiconductor optoelectronic and has been an asset to the community. We are greatly appreciative for his efforts and service to LEOS.
Finally, this year's LEOS Annual Meeting will be held during the first week of December, in Orlando, Florida. I am personally very excited about this year's meeting, since it is being held in my present "home town". During the week of the conference, The School of Optics & The Center for Research & Education in Optics & Lasers (CREOL) at the University of Central Florida will host an open house event. If your schedule permits, please take the time to visit our Center, and see some of the ongoing technical activities and enjoy some refreshments. I am certainly looking forward to greeting our Members at the Annual Meeting in Orlando!
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