Orlando, FL (PRWEB) September 20, 2013
With a new general chairman and the first female recipient of the Arthur L. Schawlow award, the 32nd International Congress on Applications of Lasers & Electro-Optics (ICALEO®) Oct. 6-10 in Miami, FL promises to yet again raise the bar on the laser industry’s premier research conference.
Stefan Kaierle, who for the past two years has served as chair of the Laser Materials Processing Conference, takes the helm of the Laser Institute of America’s signature event this year.
“My main concern was, as always, to put together a strong program of high interest for many participants,” said Kaierle, head of the materials and processes department for Laser Zentrum Hannover. “We needed to have presentations and papers on the latest results and emerging applications. A good mixture from macro via micro to nano is important for ICALEO as we want to cover the whole range of laser manufacturing applications.”
Planning for ICALEO 2013 began not long after the curtain fell on the 2012 conference in Anaheim, CA.
“We started right after the last ICALEO with the first meeting of the new conference board and met again during Photonics West,” Kaierle explained. “These two meetings were primarily dedicated to the overall approach, to discuss what was good and where we wanted to set a new focus.”
Of course, planning has involved “tons of emails” and even discussions via Skype. “I always found slots in my daily schedule to deal with the ICALEO issues. As I was in the fortunate position this year to select the people in the committees, I was sure to have colleagues around who are highly active and creative. We had lots of fruitful discussions about the program but always easily came to a good conclusion. It had never been easy to put together a good program, but from the
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