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The Optical Society
OSA Elects 2010 Vice President, Tony F. Heinz
Election Also Establishes Three New Directors-at-Large
SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 13—The Optical Society (OSA) is pleased to announce that its members have elected Tony F. Heinz of Columbia University in New York as its 2010 vice president. During this year’s vote Ursula Keller of ETH Zurich in Switzerland, Thomas L. Koch of Lehigh University in Pennsylvania and Michael G. Raymer of the University of Oregon were also elected as new directors-at-large.
By accepting the vice presidency, Heinz makes a four-year commitment to OSA’s Board of Directors. As vice president, Heinz will automatically become president-elect in 2011 and then the society's president in 2012, followed by a one-year term as past president.
A fellow of OSA, Heinz has been an OSA member since his days as a student. An active volunteer with OSA journals, Heinz is currently completing a second term as the chair of the Board of Editors, the group made up of the editors of all OSA journals. Previously, he has served as both editor-in-chief and a topical editor for the Journal of the Optical Society of America B.
With respect to meetings, Heinz has been a member of the program committees for the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO) / the Quantum Electronics Laser Science Conference (QELS), having served as chair of QELS. In addition, Heinz has played an integral role in the OSA Annual Meeting Frontiers in Optics (FiO), as well as for several topical meetings, including a term as chair of OSA’s topical meeting on Nonlinear Optics.
In addition to his specific meetings and publications roles, Heinz also has been on the OSA’s Board of Directors for three terms, once as an elected director-at-large and twice in ex-officio capacity as chair of the Technical Council (the group that previously oversaw OSA’s portfolio of professional conferences) and chair of the Board of Editors. As a member of the Board of Directors, Heinz has served on OSA’s Finance, Strategic Planning, and Awards Committees.
“Tony Heinz has made a tremendous impact as chair of committees responsible for two of OSA’s significant product lines, publications and conferences,” said Elizabeth Rogan, OSA’s CEO. “He has effectively led the Society in its growth in the journal portfolios and the diversity of the meetings portfolio. We look forward to the unique perspective Tony will bring to his new role and to working with him in this capacity.”
Tony Heinz is the David Rickey Professor in the Departments of Physics and Electrical Engineering at Columbia University. His research interests lie in the area of nonlinear optics and ultrafast spectroscopy, particularly as applied to surfaces, interfaces, and nanoscale materials. Heinz’s research work, as documented in 150 technical publications and 17 US patents, has centered on the application of ultrashort laser pulses to nonlinear and time-resolved spectroscopy. His application of these approaches to probe surfaces, interfaces, and nanoscale materials, such as carbon nanotubes, has been recognized by the Optics Prize of the International Commission for Optics, a research award of the von Humboldt Foundation, and the Julius Springer Prize for Applied Physics. Heinz is a fellow of OSA and APS.
Along with Heinz, the new directors-at-large, Keller, Koch, and Raymer, will begin their terms on Jan. 1, 2010, replacing three outgoing members of the Board of Directors. The new directors-at-large will hold their positions for three years.
“OSA elections enable members to choose leaders in the field to help guide the organization’s strategic direction,” said Rogan. “The newly elected vice president and directors will join a very dedicated Board of Directors in advancing OSA’s goals and objectives. Thank you to the candidates who took the time and effort to run for office, the members who participated in the election and the new Board members who will begin their terms in January.”
Uniting more than 106,000 professionals from 134 countries, the Optical Society of America (OSA) brings together the global optics community through its programs and initiatives. Since 1916 OSA has worked to advance the common interests of the field, providing educational resources to the scientists, engineers and business leaders who work in the field by promoting the science of light and the advanced technologies made possible by optics and photonics. OSA publications, events, technical groups and programs foster optics knowledge and scientific collaboration among all those with an interest in optics and photonics. For more information, visit www.osa.org.