Assistant professor in ECE elected co-chair at two laser application conferences

Published: Jan 9, 2023 8:10 AM

By Joe McAdory

Masoud Mahjouri-Samani, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and director of the Auburn University Laser-Assisted Science and Engineering (LASE) lab, will co-chair two prestigious laser application conferences.

He will co-chair the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) Nanoscale and Quantum Materials Conference at Photonics West in San Francisco, as well as the International Conference on Laser Ablation (COLA 2024) in Crete, Greece.

"It was a great honor to be chosen by the conferences advisory boards when they were searching for a recognized U.S. representative in the field to co-chair these conferences" said Mahjouri-Samani, who is also the elected secretary of the user executive committee at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Center for Nanophase Materials Science. "This is a great opportunity to represent Auburn University and further enhance the college's visibility on an international level."

As a conference co-chair, Mahjouri-Samani's role is organizing events, inviting keynote speakers, scheduling, "basically everything from location to times for the speaking engagements," he said.

At Photonics West's Nanoscale and Quantum Materials Conference, attendees can expect to learn from the fundamental science to the applications of lasers and photonics and, in particular, their vital role in the upcoming industry 4.0. Some important items of discussion will be the application of lasers in smart manufacturing, such as autonomous additive and subtractive manufacturing, in-situ laser diagnostics, electronics and biomedical devices, among other disciplines. "This conference is the most important conference in the field of lasers and photonics," Mahjouri-Samani said.

The International Conference on Laser Ablation (COLA) brings together laser scientists, end-users, and industry to review state-of-the-art and next-generation laser ablation technologies such as fundamentals of laser-material interactions, new trends in laser processing, laser applications for biology and life sciences, and additive manufacturing, among others. Mahjouri-Samani considers the International Conference on Laser Ablation (COLA) to be among the premier laser ablation and technologies conferences in the world. "It will also serve as a platform to discuss the role of lasers in future manufacturing as well as plans for training the future skilled workforce in the field."

"Lasers are part of the road map for the future when it comes to advanced smart manufacturing" Mahjouri-Samani said. "Lasers are the smartest highly tunable quantum tools for scientific discoverers and technological innovations."

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