IEEE Photonics Society

Boston Photonics Society Chapter

Boston Chapter of the IEEE Photonics Society


December 13, 2017
6:30 PM

Women in Photonics Discussion and Networking Event PDF


Location:  Boston University Photonics Center, Room 901, 8 Saint Mary’s St., Boston, MA 02215


Description:  The IEEE Boston Photonics Society and the OSA are delighted to invite you to participate in our winter event at Boston University Photonics Center, on Wednesday, December 13th at 6:30pm.  We welcome distinguished speaker Dr. Farzana Khatri, who will talk about how she launched her successful career in photonics leading exciting projects in laser satellite communications.  Following her talk, the discussion / networking session will focus on career advice and strategies for women working in photonics today.  Dinner will be provided.  We are excited to continue the popular Women in Photonics networking events for the larger Boston area. Come out, network, and learn useful strategies on how to succeed in your career in photonics!

All are welcome.  The event is free but registration is required.

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The event will be located in Room 901 on the 9th floor of the Boston University Photonics Center.  The address is 8 Saint Mary’s St., Boston, MA 02215.

Dr. Farzana Khatri

Featured Speaker: Dr. Farzana Khatri

Farzana Khatri is a Senior Staff Member at MIT Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington, MA, where she has spent 15 years in the Optical Communication Technology group. She was a key player in the Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration (LLCD) project, a first-of-its-kind, record-breaking Moon to Earth free space laser communication system demo. Her roles in the LLCD project included system engineering, test bed design, system /subsystem /spacecraft I&T, and operations. Farzana is currently the Lead System Engineer for the lasercom links for NASA’s Laser Enhanced Mission Communications and Navigation Operational Service (LEMNOS) program. Before coming to Lincoln in 2002, Farzana worked at AT&T/Tyco Submarine Systems on undersea long-haul fiber optic telecom systems and at Sycamore Networks on fiber-based terrestrial telecom systems.  She received the S.B., S.M., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT in 1990, 1992, and 1996.

Farzana is interested in engaging girls and young women in STEM fields. She has been involved in after school science programs at elementary schools and is mom to an almost-13-year-old daughter. She also participates in a mentoring program for women graduate students at MIT.