We held our first meeting of 2015 on January 30. Our goals for this year are to improve on the two major activities we held in 2014 and to host a third event in celebration of 2015 being the International Year of Light as declared by the United Nations. We have yet to determine details of the event.
Open House is April 11. We decided to remove a couple projects and add a couple projects, including: balloon popping with a laser and an interactive laser maze! We discussed some finer details as to making lab tours smoother, including better scheduling and advertising. The laser maze will have a meeting in a next few weeks to determine its design and cost.
The Traveling Lecturer Program has spawned a sub committee this year and includes Adam Summers, Neda Dadashzadeh, and Derrek Wilson (others are welcome!) and plans to determine who we will host in the upcoming weeks. Our goal is to continue the annual tradition of inviting world leading optics and photonic experts to visit Kansas State to meet with the KOS and present their research.
Additionally, in keeping with our long-term goals, we are determined to expand our member base beyond the James R, Macdonald Lab to other research groups on campus and the state of Kansas.