Registration is now open for the world’s premier platform for breakthrough laser solutions – Laser Institute of America (LIA)’s 2016 International Congress on Applications of Lasers & Electro-Optics (ICALEO®), to be held this year from Oct. 16-20 at the Sheraton® San Diego in San Diego, CA.
ICALEO, which bears a 34 year history as the most comprehensive spotlight on laser research and state-of-the-art laser materials processing, will provide both veteran and newcomer industry attendees with unbeaten opportunities to explore and connect at several networking events. Attendees will also have a chance to review the latest technology and research leading to advanced manufacturing applications in medicine, transportation, energy, communications and defense.
From the popular Welcome Reception, to the President’s Reception, Laser Industry Vendor Reception, and the esteemed LIA Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon, ICALEO 2016 continues its tradition of connecting the laser industry and showcasing speakers who are afforded the opportunity to have their paper peers reviewed, thus lending even more authority to their work. Three students will have the opportunity to be acknowledged with the 18th annual Student Paper Award. The award winners will be announced during the Closing Plenary Session on Thursday. ICALEO’s Poster Presentation Gallery will be featured throughout the conference, with poster presenters available on Wednesday morning to answer questions and present their research. Awards will also be presented to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.
This year’s conference is again chaired by Silke Pflueger of DirectPhotonics, ICALEO’s first female congress general chair, who heads back this year to the town where she attended her first ICALEO.
“From my beginnings as session chair and chair of short courses at that first ICALEO in San Diego, to my arrival back in 2016 as congress general chair of the event, it’s clear that my time at ICALEO has been worthwhile!” she recounted. “Just as I was pushed further, and was helped to better understand what I am doing from the veteran attendees, I witness every year how ICALEO grows laser leaders like me. I hope my story encourage lots of new people – and young people – to come and join us.”
Accompanying Pflueger in assembling the ICALEO program are the following chair members:
- Laser Materials Processing Conference: Christoph Leyens, Fraunhofer IWS
- Laser Microprocessing Conference: Michelle Stock, mlstock consulting
- Nanomanufacturing Conference: Yongfeng Lu, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
- Business Forum and Panel Discussion: Klaus Löffler, TRUMPF Laser and Systems GmbH
ICALEO attendees have the opportunity to learn about the latest products and services from top-tier industry exhibitors and sponsors, including:
- Platinum sponsor: IPG Photonics Corporation
- Gold sponsors: Edgewave GmbH Innovative Laser Solutions, SPI Lasers, TRUMPF Inc.
- Silver sponsors: Laserline Inc., Light Conversion Ltd., Lumentum
- Bronze sponsor: Spectra-Physics, A Newport Company
“From men and women who are interested in the fundamentals of the interaction between a laser beam and a material, to those interested in how a process can be integrated and optimized for an application, ICALEO brings the academics and industrials together to improve and inspire laser technology,” Pflueger added. “It’s a pretty special event, unlike any other I’ve attended.”
Combining the latest thought leadership in laser materials processing, laser microprocessing and nanomanufacturing with informed predictions on where the future of lasers will lead, LIA’s ICALEO 2016 is the premier source of technical information in the field.
The Laser Institute of America (LIA) is the professional society for laser applications and safety serving the industrial, educational, medical, research and government communities throughout the world since 1968. www.lia.org, 13501 Ingenuity Drive, Ste 128, Orlando, FL 32826, +1.407.380.1553.