OSA members share about their work, sources of inspiration, tales from recent events, the value of OSA membership, and more.



Judy Donnelly

Collaboration is essential to the development and dissemination of innovative educational materials and I've been fortunate to find a wonderful partner in OSA. I've worked with and been supported by OSA on several projects to bring optics/photonics to students and teachers nationwide beginning in 2000 with the New England Board of Higher Education's PHOTON and PHOTON2 projects for teacher professional development. The OSA New England Section provided critical industry support to... Continue Reading

Philip Wyant

In the very early 1970’s a (now defunct) company I had founded  introduced the first commercial light scattering photometers incorporating a laser (Argon-ion!).  Continue Reading

Move it on the fiber optics cable and forgot for problems

Edvin Skaljo: My story

The 14. Olympic Games brink a new things, new idea and it was a start of opening our communistic society to a rest of world. Four year before the war 92-95, I was in dilemma which faculty to choose. I was facing to Physics or Electrical faculty. I had chosen the last one because Bosnian wasn’t a country where you can live as someone who likes Physics. My choice led me to Banja Luka the second largest city in Bosnia and one of the... Continue Reading

Stefan Andersson-Engels

One of the first times I participated as a program committee member for an OSA conference, I invited a few researchers as invited speaker. One of them was as young and inexperienced as I and expressed a particular appreciation for the timely recognition, being in the middle of taking the next carrier step and struggling to get a new position. We met at the first time at the conference, became friends and have had many discussions since. That researcher became, after providing a very... Continue Reading

Melissa Skala

My career in optics was inspired by the fantastic people I have worked with. Prof. Mark Kuzyk at Washington State University is a charismatic mentor, and as an undergraduate in his lab, I quickly caught his excitement for optics research. It was fun to play with light and build experiments using "optics legos." Who wouldn't want that for a career? My Ph.D. mentor, Prof. Nimmi Ramanujam at Duke is equally inspiring, and she provided me with a drive to improve human health through... Continue Reading

Kaitlyn Williams

When I attended the Frontiers in Optics OSA meeting this year, I had the opportunity to participate in a Focus Group with one of the leaders of the OSA Foundation alongside several other students. Within our discussion in this meeting, a fellow colleague and I were bouncing around ideas with regard to what philanthropy should be done by the society. Amidst this brainstorming, she had introduced an organization, One Child One Light, which makes inexpensive light kits to provide illumination to... Continue Reading

Willa Rawlinson

In the course of my career I came out as a transgender woman and began my transition. Going to the Minorities and Women's networking events at OSA has helped me to get a better feel for navigating the professional world as an out trans woman and the conference as a whole has given me valuable networking skills. Out of the four FiO conferences I have attended I have gone to three as my true self.
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Peter Andersen

Early in my studies, I realised that OSA journals were a great source of high quality papers and of high importance to my work - and they still are. I am proud to take part in maintaining this source of information as an OSA editor (as well as author). Continue Reading

Joël Cabrel Tchahame Nougnihi

Thanks to OSA, I can share my research to a large part of the scientific community, through publications. Thus contributing to the progress of science, knowledge and technology. Similarly, conferences partly (or entirely) funded by the OSA, allow me to confront my research results and improve my professional network through meetings, discussions and exchanges. Continue Reading

Nicholas Wong

Being a student member of the OSA has opened up a plethora of professional opportunities. In this year alone, I am privileged to have been able to attend three OSA meetings and conferences, namely, the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO) in San Jose, California, USA, where I presented my first photonics paper; the Siegman International School on Lasers in Amberg Germany; and the Student Leadership Conference (SLC) held in conjunction with the Frontiers in Optics/Laser Science (FiO... Continue Reading

Krishnapriya sr

I am doing PhD at Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, Japan. Our university has got active student chapter of OSA which do lot of outreach program which helps us to build the social responsibility although being in science career. OSA offers lot of benefits to persons in blooming stage of scientific career like travel grants, reduced admission fees for conferences.   When I presented my work at an OSA meeting, it helped me to meet experts in that field and get their view and... Continue Reading