The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA

The Suzanne R. Nagel Lounge Speaker Schedule

Nagel Lounge

Named in honor of the first woman chair of OFC, Suzanne R. Nagel, the lounge is an inclusive networking space that offers attendees the opportunity to discuss diversity trends, meet colleagues, explore new business opportunities, and have professional headshots taken. Attendees can participate in small group professional development sessions throughout the week focused on topics ranging from career enhancement to the importance of mentorship. 

Suzanne was the first woman president of the IEEE Photonics Society, board member of the Women in Engineering Program Advocates Network and first woman to be named an AT&T Bell Laboratories Fellow. As a fellow of both The Optical Society and IEEE Photonics Society, Suzanne is a pioneer who used her visibility to create women-focused mentoring opportunities.

Come back regularly to see updates to the schedule. 

 

Tuesday, 10 March
Event Name Event Details Time
Smooth(ie) Start

Kick off the OFC Exhibit with a smoothie shooter and get the full list events and activities happening in the 2020 Nagel Lounge.

10:00 - 11:00
How to Start a New Research Lab: The Rewarding Challenge

Camille-Sophie Brès, Associate Professor, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

10:30 - 11:00
Professional Headshots

Update your profile with a complementary professional headshot.

10:30 - 17:00
Volunteer, Give Back & Grow

Fae Gholami,System Hardware Design - Lead Optical Technologist, IBM

11:30 - 00:00
Start Write Now: Creating a resume that gets you an interview

Julia Bocage, Executive Search Consultant & Matthew Reaves, Founder & Managing Director, Common Agenda, LLP

12:30 - 13:00
Paper Review: What to Do, What NOT to Do & What’s In It for You

JOCN Editor-in-Chief Jane Simmons, Founder, Monarch Network Architects

13:30 - 14:00
Mentorship: How to Ensure a Rewarding Experience for Both Mentor & Mentee

Fatima Garcia-Gunning, Senior Staff Researcher, Tyndall National Institute

14:30 - 15:00
Investing in Me: How to Identify & Get the Most Out of Professional Development Opportunities

Jelena Pesic, Research engineer, NOKIA Bell Labs

15:30 - 16:00
Nagel Networking Time

Meet colleagues, build relationships and explore new business opportunities.

16:30 - 17:00
Wednesday, 11 March
Event Name Event Details Time
Exhibitor Only Complementary Headshots

The photographer will open early for exhibitors who would like to update their professional headshot before the show opens.

09:00 - 10:00
Professional Headshots

Update your profile with a complementary professional headshot.

10:00 - 17:00
Open Access Publishing

Carmen Menoni, University Distinguished Professor, Center for Extreme Ultraviolet Science and Technology, Colorado State University

10:30 - 11:00
Ideas Compete, People Collaborate: Harnessing Diversity to Create High-performing Teams

Marla Dowell, Director, NIST Communications Technology Laboratory and NIST Boulder Laboratory, National Institute of Standards & Technology 

11:30 - 12:00
Industry 4.0 IOT (the Internet of Things): What it is and how it is impacting marketplace

Karen Matthews, Technology and Market Development Manager, Science and Technology, Corning, Inc.

12:30 - 13:00
Outsmarting Unconscious Bias

Aura Higuera Rodriguez, Technical Account Manager, Synopsys, Inc.

14:30 - 15:00
Opportunities & Challenges for Promoting Diversity in Our Community

Dalma Novak, Vice President of Engineering, Octane Wireless

15:30 - 16:00
Nagel Networking Time

Meet colleagues, build relationships and explore new business opportunities.

16:30 - 17:00
Thursday, 12 March
Event Name Event Details Time
Exhibitor Only Complementary Headshots

The photographer will open early for exhibitors who would like to update their professional headshot before the show opens.

09:00 - 10:00
Professional Headshots

Update your profile with a complementary professional headshot.

10:00 - 16:00
Becoming an OFC Program Chair: a Road Less Traveled

OFC 2020 Program Chair Jun Shan Wey, Sr. Director | Technology Strategy | International Standards | Network Architecture, ZTE TX

10:30 - 11:00
The Lone Woman: How to Survive and Thrive

Liz Rivera Hartling, Submarine Optical Network Engineer, Facebook

14:30 - 15:00
Nagel Networking Time

Meet colleagues, build relationships and explore new business opportunities.

15:30 - 16:00

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