Prepare for Industrial Affiliates!

WiO will be cohosting a resume workshop this week with representatives from SocK and POW.  Come learn more about putting together undergrad and graduate level resumes, writing CVs, securing internships, and networking tips!  A formal workshop will take place at 2pm on September 25th on the 8th Floor of Meinel with presentations from current students. An informal workshop will take place on October 2nd at 4:30pm (with food provided). 

Need a wardrobe refresher?

Want a fun eco-friendly and completely FREE way to change up your closet? Saturday October 5th, WiO will be hosting a Clothing Swap! Bring your gently used clothes, shoes, and accessories to the event. Shop through other's items and take them home! Anything left at the end of the day will be donated to a local women's shelter. RSVP here and let us know if you're coming!

WiO Weekly Meeting: October 3rd

Our semi-weekly meeting will be held on October 3rd in Meinel 647. We hope to see you there!

WiO Spotlight is a semi-weekly installment series where we talk with students, staff, and faculty to share our passions and connect with our community here at the Wyant College of Optical Sciences. This week we get to know 4th-year PhD Candidate and WiO Vice President Juliana Richter. 

Where are you from?
I am from sunny Culver City, CA. Nestled in westside Los Angeles, I grew up on a bicycle near the beach. Like all good Angelenos, I am only comfortable when the temperature is between 70 - 80°F.
Do you have any pets?
I have a cat named Sadie! She is 2 years old and has a scratchy voice that sounds like TV character Marge Simpson. Sadie is a very friendly cat and does not scratch or bite, but she will try to steal any and all cheese.
What's your undergraduate background?
I got my Bachelor of Science at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Optical Engineering. There I studied optics, design principles, built many interferometers, MEMS devices. My pride and joy there was a rapid-prototyping transparency mask printer with 10-micron feature size built using recycled projectors and a box.

What inspires you about the field of optics?
I have always been fascinated with the natural world and, with optics, I get to take a closer look. From archaeology to zoology, it seems as though there is an optical device in every professional field. To me this makes sense, because as soon as one discovers an optical phenomenon, whether it be infrared dye signatures in ancient sculptures or millimeter-sized jellyfish; optical engineers are there to bridge the gap between scientific curiosity and understanding.

Tell us about your research. 
I work in the Adaptive Optics Research Lab in OSC where I work on the Hyper-Temporal Imager [HTI]; employing adaptive optics, polarization, and rapid imaging techniques to detect mechanical vibrations on a satellite from a ground-based telescope.
What are some of your hobbies?
I like to garden, brew mead, and knit. Some of you may have noticed my Russian black tomato plants on the 7th floor. I started brewing mead, or honey wine, with my mother nine years ago and have developed a few recipes on my own along the way. I have been knitting since I was eight years old which is why every member of my family has received a scarf as a holiday present. 
Why does diversity matter to you?
I believe that everyone deserves to be treated with dignity, respect, and equity. Anyone should feel safe and comfortable to be themselves in their work-space. And in science and engineering, perspective is everything! We have so much to gain when we listen and ask thoughtful questions about the experiences of others. By discussing the issues that affect me, I sleep better, and by discussing the issues that affect others, I dream better.

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Upcoming Events

September 25, 2019
WiSSC Meet and Eat
ENR2 N595
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

September 26, 2019
Journal Club
Meinel 647
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

October 3, 2019
WiO Bi-Weekly Meeting
Meinel 654
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

October 5, 2019
WiO Clothing Swap
RSVP for Address
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Thanks for reading the WiO Weekly, we look forward to seeing you at the resume workshop and clothing SWAP!
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