OSC Colloquium: Eugene Arthurs

    Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm

    1630 E. University Blvd.

    3rd Floor Lobby area

    Hosts: Kaye Rowan and Thomas L. Koch


    Open to campus and public.


    Speaker: Eugene Arthurs

    Topic: Recollections on a Life with Light

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    Ever since I got my first degree, in applied physics, I was drawn into the field of optics and light. Almost fifty years later I can look back on a richness of opportunities for education and innovation in many important aspects of this exploding area. I spent most of my career in industry and then had the opportunity to work for SPIE for almost twenty years. The breadth of SPIE’s interests and its commitment to the community remain impressive and stimulating.My talk will touch on some of the areas I experienced, offer some observations, and expand on why I see a growing need for science advocacy and for recognition of the importance of the science and engineering of light. There are many opportunities in the field, and I will describe some of these.  

    Speaker Bio(s): 

    Joining SPIE as the chief executive officer for SPIE in 1999, Eugene Arthurs decidedly retired from the international society for optics and photonics earlier this year. During the 18 plus years of service to SPIE, Eugene has made immense contributions to the Society through his enthusiastic and visionary leadership.

    Native to Ireland, Eugene immigrated to the United States in 1980 to join the Quantronix Corporation. There, he lead the development of laser applications and managing its business for the semiconductor equipment market. From 1983 to 1997, Eugene served as Vice President of Technology and Marketing of Oriel Corporation, becoming president of the company in 1991. During this time, he also worked to change the business model at Oriel to emphasize systems and instruments.

    In 1996, ThermoElectron Corp. acquired the increasingly profitable Oriel and Eugene was assigned to Thermo's growth-by-acquisition activities. Also while at Oriel, he played an active role on the boards of Oriel Scientific Ltd., (London, UK), LOT Oriel GmBH, (Darmstadt, Germany) and was a founder of Andor Technology Ltd. (Belfast, N. Ireland) a company initially owned mostly by Oriel. After leaving Oriel, Eugene joined Cleveland Crystals Inc. (CCI) as CEO. He later led the sale of the company to Gooch and Housego PLC in 1998.

    Eugene received his BSc with honors in physics and his PhD in applied physics from Queens University Belfast in Ireland. He taught a MSc class in optoelectronics at Queens and conducted research at the Imperial College of London before he took his energies to the business world.

    A known advocate for advancements in optics education, Eugene has held a very visible and respected presence at the College of Optical Sciences. He was also instrumental in  the SPIE Board’s decision to establish the SPIE Graduate Student Scholarship in Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona in 2015. This scholarship is a part of the College of Optical Sciences FoTO (Friends of Tucson Optics) graduate student scholarship program.  


    Refreshments 3:30pm

    Lecture @ 3:45pm - 5pm