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December 22, 2009

Annual Family Event: Origami Holiday Lecture and Class

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TUESDAY December 15, 2009
SCV Photonics Chapter
Speaker: Dr. Robert Lang
Time: Networking & catered holiday dinner at 6:00 PM; Presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: IEEE Members $10; Non-Members $15; children 15 and younger $5.
Place: National Semiconductor, Building E Auditorium, 2900 Semiconductor Drive, Santa Clara
RSVP: required (no walk-ins), from the website

Our December meeting has traditionally been something the whole family could come and enjoy, but with a scientific angle to it.? Origami, for those who aren’t familiar with it, is the ancient Japanese art making objects through paper folding designs, from one piece of paper, usually with no cuts.? In more recent years, computer programs have allowed folding diagrams to be developed for arbitrarily designed objects: something our speaker has helped to advance.
Robert Lang has made his living over the past 8 years as one of the world’s more famous origami artists, making folded artworks for art collectors, television commercials, and working with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory on how to fold a collapsible telescope lens, among other projects.? In his spare time, he is the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Photonics Society’s most established publication: the Journal of Quantum Electronics.? He also continues to stay involved in laser projects? ? through consulting assignments and in 2009 received Caltech’s highest honor, the Distinguished Alumni Award.
Our Chapter Chair Bob Herrick followed Robert’s work back 17 years ago when he was doing semiconductor laser research at Spectra Diode Labs, where he worked his way to the position of VP of R&D.? He’s been asked to start out the presentation with a discussion of how he went from SDL during the crazy telecom boom and bust, to becoming a professional origami artist.? He will follow with material from his famous presentation, “From Flapping Birds to Space Telescopes: the Modern Science of Origami”, which has been delivered at universities, companies, and museums worldwide, and is available in abbreviated form below in the TED video link.? In addition, he will include a live demonstration, and handouts so you can try your hand at folding yourself.? He had authored, coauthored, or edited 9 books on origami, including his latest, “OrigamiË?4”, which explores connections between origami, math, science, technology, and education. We will be giving a few books away to lucky raffle winners.
Come join us for this holiday celebration, and bring friends and family! Sign up in advance is required, since capacity crowds are expected.

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