ICALEO® & Students: Where the Next Generation of Laser Professionals Expand Their Career Opportunities

How will you learn and grow at the 35th Edition of ICALEO?

The 35th International Congress on Applications of Lasers & Electro-Optics (ICALEO®) will take place October 16–20, 2016 in San Diego, California, bringing together laser professionals from all over the world to discuss the latest developments in laser research. Considered by many to be one of the most important laser materials processing conferences in the world, it’s no surprise that hundreds of laser professionals make their way to the conference annually.

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Why ICALEO Matters to Students Working With Lasers

ICALEO is a fantastic opportunity for students interested in laser applications. With opportunities to network with scientists, engineers and other industry leaders, combined with educational seminars in an array of laser applications, and a chance to have your own research and ideas published, there is no shortage of reasons for a full-time student to attend ICALEO. Student registration for ICALEO includes access to all technical sessions, plenary sessions, receptions, the awards luncheon –  and a technical digest.

Last year, ICALEO brought in over 400 attendees from all over the world, with over 200 presentations and posters available for viewing. Have your eye on eventually building your own laser-related business? Last year, the event also featured a business forum for small businesses and entrepreneurs in the laser and optics fields, providing a new avenue for laser professionals to learn and share from one another outside of the academic setting.

How Can Students Make an Impact on This Year’s ICALEO?

Students can make just as much of a splash at ICALEO as the seasoned professionals. The 2016 Call for Papers is closed. If you already submitted a paper, make sure you apply for the contest by August 4. The papers will be reviewed by ICALEO conference chairs, with the winners announced during the closing plenary session on Thursday, October 20, 2016. There are even cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners!

Winning papers will also be submitted to LIA’s Journal of Laser Applications. The Student Paper Award gives a unique opportunity for students studying laser applications to have their ideas and research viewed by industry leaders, as well as published in a credible publication. For the official rules of entry, please visit the Student Paper Award page here.

Special Perks Available for LIA Student Members

If you’re an LIA member, you’ll  receive special member rates on courses, conferences, and seminars, including ICALEO. In fact, we offer special rates for full-time students that come with a number of exciting perks that will supplement your budding career as a laser professional. LIA members receive an online subscription to Journal of Laser Applications as well as LIA Today, our newsletter publication. You can also get a leg up on your own laser safety training through discounted course rates. LIA membership gives you access to new industry connections, networking opportunities beyond ICALEO, as well as career and volunteer opportunities not available elsewhere.

Inspired by the opportunities at ICALEO? Do not delay! Registration for ICALEO is underway. Students must pre-register for ICALEO before September 7, 2016. Please note that online and onsite registration will not be accepted for students, so you’ll have to fill out and follow the instructions on the registration form available by clicking here.

Students have a unique opportunity to gain invaluable insight, industry contacts, and supplementary education through ICALEO. For students with their sights set on a future in laser applications, attending events like ICALEO, coupled with a student membership through LIA, could potentially put you way ahead of your peers when it comes to developing your professional career.

For complete information on ICALEO and LIA membership, please visit Laser Institute of America (LIA) at www.lia.org.