Calendar of Events

Week of May 16 2021

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Monday, May 17, 2021  
Sunday, May 16, 2021 - 1:00pm - 4:30pm

Join us May 16 from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. to celebrate light and how optics and photonics make our lives better every day! Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium and Optics Valley are hosting the livestreamed celebration. 

The International Day of Light is a global initiative to appreciate light and the role it plays in science, culture and art, education, and sustainable development, and in fields as diverse as medicine, communications, and energy. The broad theme of light allows different sectors of society worldwide to participate in activities that demonstrate how science, technology, art and culture can help achieve the goals of UNESCO – education, equality, and peace. More:

The Wyant College is taking part in the celebration by being a sponsor of the event, participating in the event committee, and contributing content created by our amazing student-body and student organizations.

Thursday, May 20, 2021 - 8:00am

Quantum photonics over the rainbow: the optical frequency comb as a platform for universal quantum computing


The second quantum revolution heralds the coming of age of quantum technology, that is, the transition from hero experiments in the protected environment of a physics laboratory to practical quantum devices that must be field compatible. Quantum light, already at the heart of quantum sensing (at work in LIGO) and quantum communication, can also be key to implementing quantum simulation and computing. In this talk, I'll present how my research group pioneered the use of the frequency domain in quantum optics to encode quantum information and generate record-size cluster entangled states which are a universal and powerful resource for quantum computing. I will also describe the next crucial step of translating quantum photonics from bulk to integrated optics. Finally, I will outline the exciting intellectual and educational challenges related to the new field of quantum engineering.

Thursday, May 20, 2021 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm

Based on the event series presented by Tech Launch Arizona, the USPTO, and, Claim Your Seat at the Table is an exciting new resource for University of Arizona women interested in increasing their impact outside of academia by exploring commercialization and entrepreneurship.

In this four-session workshop, UArizona women will work with Tech Launch Arizona, ecosystem members, and mentors to learn how to think of themselves as inventors, how to build strong teams, how to find their customers, and how to raise money to achieve their goals:

Customer Discovery:  Who Will Pay For Your Invention?

  • Participants learn customer discovery interview skills based on proven NSF I-Corps programming.  Teams assess their technology's commercial viability and put Lean Startup Methodology techniques into use.

Beyond Grants: Understanding the Funding Lifecycle 

  • Participants engage with experts from Tech Launch Arizona and representatives from potential funding sources (public and private) to identify the available options that are most appropriate at each stage.

Inaugural cohort dates May 6, 13, 20 & 27.  3:30-5:00pm.