OSA Election for 2015 Offices

OSA 2015 Vice President
Eric Mazur

Eric MazurEric Mazur is the Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Harvard University and Area Dean of Applied Physics.  An internationally recognized scientist and researcher, he leads a vigorous research program in optical physics and supervises one of the largest research groups in the Physics Department at Harvard University.  Dr. Mazur founded several companies and plays an active role in industry.  He has served OSA previously as Director at Large.

Dr. Mazur came to Harvard University in 1982 after obtaining his Ph.D. at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands.  In 1984 he joined the faculty and obtained tenure six years later.  Dr. Mazur has made important contributions to spectroscopy, light scattering, the interaction of ultrashort laser pulses with materials, and nanophotonics.  He received an Honorary Doctorate from the École Polytechnique and the University of Montreal (2008) and holds Honorary Professorships from Beijing University of Technology, Beijing Normal University, and the Institute of Semiconductor Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Eric Mazur has received numerous awards, including the Esther Hoffman Beller award from The Optical Society and the Millikan Medal from the American Association of Physics Teachers.  He is a Fellow of OSA and the American Physical Society, and a Member of the Royal Academy of Sciences of the Netherlands and the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities.  He has held appointments as Visiting Professor or Distinguished Lecturer at Princeton University, Vanderbilt University, the University of Leuven in Belgium, National Taiwan University in Taiwan, Carnegie Mellon University, and Hong Kong University.
Dr. Mazur has served on numerous committees and councils, including advisory and visiting committees for the National Science Foundation, and has chaired and organized national and international scientific conferences.  He serves as a consultant to industry in the electronics and telecommunications industry.  In 2006 he founded SiOnyx, a company that is commercializing black silicon, a new form of silicon developed in Mazur's laboratory, and he is currently serving as chair of its Scientific Advisory Board.  In 2011 he founded Learning Catalytics, a company that uses data analytics to improve learning in the classroom. The company was acquired by Pearson in 2013. Mazur is Chief Academic Advisor for Turning Technologies and serves on the Scientific Advisory Panel for Allied Minds, a pre-seed investment company creating partnerships with key universities to fund corporate spin-outs in early stage technology companies.

In addition to his work in optical physics, Mazur has been very active in education. In 1990 he began developing Peer Instruction, a method for teaching large lecture classes interactively.  Dr. Mazur's teaching method has developed a large following, both nationally and internationally, and has been adopted across many science disciplines.  Dr. Mazur is author or co-author of close to 300 scientific publications, 23 patents, and several books, including Principles and Practice of Physics (2014), a book that presents a groundbreaking new approach to teaching introductory calculus-based physics. Mazur is a sought-after speaker on optics and on education.

OSA Elected Directors at Large (2015-2017)

Jay M. Eastman

Jay EastmanJay Eastman received his B.S. (1970) and Ph.D. (1974) from The Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester. Following completion of his degrees he became the manager of engineering in the Optics Group at Spectra Physics in Mountain View, California. From there he joined the staff of the Laboratory for Laser Energetics at the University of Rochester, progressing from staff engineer to Project Manager for the construction of the 24 beam Omega Laser Fusion System. He finally served as the Director of the Laboratory after the departure of its founding director.

Dr. Eastman has subsequently formed four start-up companies, with three of them having strong optics and photonics technology bases. The first was Optel Systems Inc., (subsequently acquired by PSC, Inc.) which developed the first hand-held laser diode-based bar code scanners in the world. During the 1990’s the company became a recognized leader in field of bar code scanning. Next was Lucid, Inc., a pioneer in the development of in-vivo confocal microscopy for the diagnosis of skin cancer. The confocal imagers, called VivaScopes, have been used by medical researchers around the world for research and clinical diagnosis of skin cancers, resulting in over 350 peer-reviewed publications in various medical journals and several books on the use of confocal microscopy in dermatology. Eastman is now involved as a co-founder in two more start-up medical companies, one of which is heavily based on optical technology. As a consequence of his work in these companies, he is a named inventor on 44 issued U.S. patents.

In addition to his entrepreneurial pursuits, Dr. Eastman has served as an adjunct professor at the Institute of Optics over the years since he received his Ph.D., periodically teaching courses in optical fabrication, optical thin films, product development and entrepreneurism. Dr. Eastman’s honors, awards and professional contributions and achievements include: member of the National Academy of Science’s Board of Assessment of NIST Programs, Panel for Physics (2000-2002); Herbert Vanden Brul Entrepreneur of the Year Award (1996-1997); The Optical Society: Engineering Excellence Award (1994), Board of Directors (1984-1988), Chair of the Technical Council; Rochester Engineering Society - Engineer of the Year (1997); Rochester Museum and Science Center - Distinguished Lecturer; Rochester Optical Society: Honorary Member (1992) and President; University of Rochester SMPTE Fellow, (1972-1973), and Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers - Board of Governors.  He is a Fellow of OSA and the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers.

Amy Eskilson

Amy EskilsonAmy Eskilson has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Inrad Optics, located in Northvale, NJ, since October 2012.  Inrad Optics is a manufacturer of exceptional quality crystal materials, crystal devices and high precision optical components.  As the leader of a small publicly-held company, Ms. Eskilson has a responsibility to both the business and to its shareholders.  She also embraces her role as the company’s Chief Culture Officer, and as such works to mentor younger employees as well as challenge and excite longtime contributors.  A strong advocate for localized manufacturing, Amy is focused on building an organization that is competitive and profitable while delivering products with extraordinary optical specifications. 

Ms. Eskilson joined Inrad Optics in early 2011 as VP Sales and Marketing, charged with leading the sales team and building a market presence for Photonics Product Group, an umbrella company for the original Inrad, Laser Optics and MRC Precision Metal Optics brands.  The multiple brand names had led to confusion in the industry and Amy executed an effort to rename and rebrand the organization.  In January 2012 the business officially became Inrad Optics and launched a new website and marketing push concurrent with that name change. 

Prior to joining the Inrad Optics team, Amy spent 18 years with Thorlabs Inc., the photonic tools catalog company.  In 1992 she came on board the fledgling business as an inside sales representative.  She grew along with the business, assuming progressively more responsible roles, including call center and technical sales manager, as well as heading the trade show and sponsorship areas.

In 2002 Ms. Eskilson’s role at Thorlabs became more strategic and outward facing.  As Director of Business Development and a key member of the Thorlabs senior team, Amy’s work focused on three main areas – acquisitions, building the Thorlabs strategic partner companies, and contracts, including licensing agreements, real estate matters, and supply agreements in partnership with outside counsel.
Amy is an engaged advocate for photonics, championing the field from the importance of basic research through the downstream commercialization of photonics technologies.
Ms. Eskilson has also been active in several photonics start-up companies.  She was a minority partner in optics and crystals manufacturer Nova Phase, Inc. and Menlo Systems Inc. (U.S. spin-out of Menlo Systems GmbH), both based in Newton, NJ. Amy currently serves as a member of the Board and minority partner in Idesta Quantum Electronics, Newton, NJ.
A member of OSA and SPIE, Ms. Eskilson has served on the OSA Public Policy Committee, the CLEO Joint Council on Applications, and as former chair of the CLEO Exhibitor Advisory Committee.  She was recently profiled for the 2014-2015 SPIE “Women in Optics” Daily Planner publication.
Prior to discovering optics and photonics in 1992, Amy received her BA degree in Communications from Montclair State University in 1987 and spent several years in New York at McCann-Erickson, the worldwide advertising group.

Juerg Leuthold

Juerg LeutholdJuerg Leuthold is the head of the Institute of Electromagnetic Fields at ETH Zurich, Switzerland.  His research interests are in the field of optical communications, nonlinear optics, plasmonics and photonics for sensing and biomedical applications.  For this purpose, he maintains and shares lab facilities for the fabrication, characterization, and system-level testing of integrated optical devices and the testing of larger systems.  He has contributed more than 450 scientific journal and conference papers as an author and coauthor.

Juerg Leuthold is actively engaged in The Optical Society and serves the optical community in several capacities.  Besides serving as a member and chair of technical program committees, he was the general chair of the OSA 2010 Advanced Optics and Photonics Congress in Karlsruhe, and a group chair and general chair of the OSA Photonics Division.  He is currently a member of the OSA Meetings Council.

Juerg Leuthold received his Ph.D. in physics from ETH Zurich in 1998 for work in the field of integrated optics.  From 1999 to 2004 he was affiliated with Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies in Holmdel, NJ, USA, where he performed device and system research. From July 2004 to February 2013 he was a full Professor at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), where he was head of the Institute of Photonics and Quantum Electronics (IPQ) and head of the Helmholtz Research Institute of Micro Structure Technology (IMT).  He has been a full Professor at ETH Zurich since March 2013. Juerg Leuthold is a Fellow of OSA and IEEE.  In Germany he was a member of the Helmholtz Association Think Tank and the Heidelberg Academy of Science.