I presented my first ever poster at a session at the Optical Fabrication and Testing conference at the end of last month. We were the only presentation in the entire conference that had anything to do with social science.
We were apparently the best-attended poster at the meeting, which was both surprising and gratifying. There is a lot of interest among optical science practitioners in how to train effectively the future practitioners they need for their field to continue to thrive. I thoroughly enjoyed the conference (not just because it was in Monterey, CA!) as an anthropological experience--it was a fascinating combination of intellectual exchange, commercial marketing, and networking.
The conference was also an opportunity to kick off the survey part of the project, where we try to gather information from a much wider audience of optical science and engineering academics and professionals. If you know any of these people, please direct them to the survey link, I'd really appreciate it.
Click here to download a readable copy of the poster--it presents our initial impressions of the research we did in labs and classrooms at UNC Charlotte, as well as interview conducted among UNC Charlotte optical science and engineering community members (current and former). I'd be interested in your thoughts.
D. M. Lanclos, A. M. Ferrara, M. A. Davies, C. J. Evans, and T. J. Suleski, "Collaborative work within Optical Engineering: Ethnography and curricular development," in Applied Industrial Optics: Spectroscopy, Imaging and Metrology, OSA Technical Digest (online) (Optical Society of America, 2012), paper JTu5A.1.