Engineering Inside:

2016 Issue 1


Lighting the Way Toward Progress
February 2016

Light can come from heat, a chemical reaction, electrical energy, even stress on a crystal. Most of the visible light we encounter comes from the sun and it is this visible light that allows us to see and more fully experience the world around us. It gives us heat, energy, and food. Read More

IEEE Spark Has Been Discontinued

Following a strategic review by IEEE of its education activities, it has been decided to discontinue IEEE Spark. Previous issues of IEEE Spark will remain available until the end of 2017. Visitors can also continue to take advantage of IEEE’s other pre-university education resources including ( and IEEE (

Meet David V. Plant!

February 2016

David V. Plant is the James McGill Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at McGill University where he has been since 1993… His current research interests includes silicon photonics, optical interconnects, photonic integration, nanophotonics, and coherent optical fiber communications. He has published more than 400 journal and conference papers, two book chapters, and has one licensed patent.Read More

Remote Control Reflection

February 2016

Infrared radiation is widely used in technology, ranging from night vision (in which infrared radiation is detected when there isn’t enough visible light to see an object) to studying the composition of materials through a process called spectroscopy. In this activity, you will explore how the infrared radiation from a remote control interacts with different materials by trying to bounce the IR beam off of a material to control a television from around a corner.
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A Little Light Reading

See what the Spark crew is up to in this issue!
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IEEE Spark Challenge

Think you know IEEE Spark? Test your knowledge of engineering, computing and technology with the IEEE Spark Challenge! Answer questions correctly to help your team move to the top of the leaderboard.

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Explore Optics with Online Tools

There are many places online where you can delve deeper into the fields of optics and photonics. Explore a variety of Web sites, tutorials, kits, camps and events!

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The IEEE Photonics Society

The IEEE Photonics Society is made up of scientists and engineers in the fields of lasers, optoelectronics, and photonics from around the world. The society helps its members to learn and grow in their professions, publish and transmit research, collaborate through conferences and local chapters, recognize excellence in its field, and supports student activities.

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