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



Arlene Smith

I joined OSA as a student member and established a Student Chapter during my Ph.D. When I graduated I joined the Young Professionals Program. I was matched with the Applied Industrial Optics Topical Meeting as a YP Volunteer - I now serve as Program Chair. My professional network has greatly expanded since I joined the YP Program. I recently made the move from academia to an industrial position. Through contacts I made while serving on the AIO Committee, I learned of an opening in the company... Continue Reading

Stephen Fantone

My story begins at the 1974 Annual Meeting of the OSA  - it was held at the Rice Hotel in Houston Texas.  I was 21 years old and this was not only my first OSA meeting, but it was also the first technical conference I had ever attended.  I was a first year grad student at the Institute of Optics and I was to give a paper on my undergraduate thesis work at MIT.  I was young and frankly quite scared and intimidated by the prospect of having to stand in front of an audience... Continue Reading