Wits optics student chapter launch

On the 22nd of July 2016, we hosted our OSA and SPIE student chapter launch at the University of Witwatersrand, Physics building on West campus. We invited Honours students from the School of Physics, Structured Light lab students along with other students from different research groups that have research focus areas related to optics and photonics and were interested in joining our student chapter. We held the occasion in a traditional South African style, with braai boerewors and bread rolls. Everyone helped themselves to some snacks and drinks. To top it off,  the day ended with some socialising, scientific discourse and endless laughter: signs of a successful launch and the beginning of a wonderful journey as a student chapter.

Mitchell, Ronnie and Bienvenu preparing to braai the meat.

Mitchell, Ronnie and Bienvenu preparing to braai the meat.

 

Some moments caught on camera.

Some moments caught on camera.

Attended Siegman School on Lasers 2016

I was fortunate to attend the prestigious OSAF Siegman School on Lasers hosted by ICFO in Barcelona, Spain two weeks ago. Besides a week packed with lectures on various laser-related topics, the school provided a great opportunity to network with international postgraduate students in similar fields to my own. I was also able to meet some of the OSA Foundation staff and we discussed our newly founded student chapter at the university and possibilities for the future! The labs at ICFO were an eye opener: the variety of experiments, the sheer number of labs and the processes and equipment were amazing! I hope that one day we have similar facilities in South Africa 🙂

 

group

The entire group of students and academics who presented the lectures.

friends

Myself and some new (and old) friends on a bus ride. From left to right: Me, Tori (USA), James (USA), Sandhra (Estonia), Daniel (South Africa: CSIR)