Student Activity


Optics and Photonics Society

SPIE and OSA are international societies advancing an interdisciplinary approach to the science and application of light. We represent a joint student chapter of the two professional societies.

SPIE/OSA Michigan Tech Student Chapter is a student-led organization promoting optics and photonics at Michigan Tech and throughout the Keweenaw Peninsula through community outreach events, academic seminars, departmental functions, the Photonics Learning Center (PLC), and other various activities.

The Optics and Photonics Society at MTU annually hosts Photonics Night to showcase applications of optics and photonics in industry and academia. Photonics Night also aims to bring together employers and students to network and develop and strengthen professional relationships. Representatives from various organizations will speak about their work in the photonics field. It is an excellent opportunity for students and photonics professionals to interact in an informal setting.

SPIE Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship

Burrell awarded SPIE Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship

  • Vaughn Alexander Werdon (Electrical Engineering, 2022, 2023, 2024 recipient)
  • Jonathan Kuncheria Joseph (2021, 2022, 2023 recipient)
  • Derek Burrell (ECE, 2016 recipient)

Blue Marble Security

The Blue Marble Security Enterprise team focuses on reaching out to various members of the community in order to raise interest in STEM fields, particularly electrical and computer engineering at Michigan Tech.

Enterprise is student-driven, multidisciplinary teams that work like companies on real-world client projects, whether the deliverable is an innovative product, a pioneering solution, or a much-needed service.