UCL Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering


EEE PhD Student’s reflections on winning IEEE Women in Photonics Travel Grant

11 October 2022

Wenting Yi, a PhD student at UCL Electronic and Electrical Engineering and a student member of the Optical Networks Group was a recipient of the 2022 IEEE Women in Photonics Travel Grant.

Wenting Yi IEEE summer topical series 2022

The IEEE Women in Photonics initiative, with the support of the IEEE Photonics Society, established this travel grants program to encourage early career participation from women members at the annual IEEE Summer Topicals Conference.

The IEEE Photonics Society honoured a total of 6 women researchers with $2,500 USD grants each. The grant funds are intended to be used for travel, lodging expenses and registration to the conference.

Speaking on her thoughts on being awarded the travel grant, Wenting commented:

I’m very honored to receive the IEEE Women in Photonics Travel Grant to attend the IEEE Summer Topicals Meeting Series (IEEE SUM) this year. I can’t imagine a better experience of talking and connecting with so many senior members in the community over the drinks and delicious Mexican food, and by the wonderful ocean view of course! It’s truly been an unforgettable memory and I look forward to attend SUM next year! 

This year, the IEEE Summer Topical Meeting Series took place at Cabo San Lucas, Mexico from 11 to 13 July 2022. The conference serves as an international forum to facilitate information exchange between various technical communities using or affected by rapidly growing areas of technology or “Hot Topics” related to the general field of Photonics. Attending this conference provided the grantees an opportunity to learn about emerging topics in the field of photonics and to interact with the research and technology leaders.