In just six short weeks many of us will be attending the HI-TEC Conference in Salt Lake City! This year’s conference is loaded with many interesting and useful presentations on a variety of cutting edge topics. In this issue of OPEN, you will find articles highlighting some of these presentations and events. You can review the entire HI-TEC program at http://www.highimpact-tec.org/conference-schd-at-a-glance.
The Optics and Photonics College Network (OPCN) annual in-person meetings and events will be held during the HI-TEC preconference period on Monday and Tuesday, July 17-18. On Tuesday, OP-TEC will be sponsoring its 7th annual professional development bus tour for OPCN members and guests to visit local photonics industry sites. OPCN members should make plans to attend all scheduled OPCN events; if you have a colleague or family member attending, think about inviting them to join us for the bus trip on Tuesday.
Also in this issue are interesting highlights from each of the regional photonics education centers, featured articles on recent instructor tools and best practices in website design, and a spotlight on an outstanding alumnus from the Photonics Alumni Council for Technicians.
Whether you are teaching, vacationing, or just relaxing at home, I wish you a wonderful summer!