Author Milton Chang Donates Book to Help OSA Foundation's Fundraising Efforts


Lyndsay Meyer
The Optical Society

Author Milton Chang Donates Book to Help OSA Foundation's Fundraising Efforts

WASHINGTON, Sept. 27–The OSA Foundation announced today that author, entrepreneur, and investor Milton Chang has donated 1,000 copies of his new book, Toward Entrepreneurship: Establishing a Successful Technology Business, to the Foundation. Proceeds from sales of the books will be donated to the OSA Foundation and matched 100 percent by the Optical Society (OSA). Books must be purchased through the OSA Foundation website to qualify.

Toward Entrepreneurship is based on Chang's personal experiences as a scientist and entrepreneur in the optics and photonics industry. It covers all facets of starting and managing a company—from identifying an idea, starting and running a company, to selling the business.

Chang is the former president and CEO of Newport Corporation and New Focus, Inc., which he subsequently took public. As an angel investor, he served on the boards of Uniphase (now JDSU) and 11 other startups that either went public or were acquired. Today he writes a monthly business/management column for the trade publication Laser Focus World, sits on the boards of several startup companies, and advises entrepreneurs.

"We are excited to be able to offer a new way for the optics community to support the Foundation," said G. Michael Morris, OSA Foundation chair. "Milton is a well-known, successful businessperson in our industry. Having his support of the Foundation and its programs means a lot to us. I encourage everyone to pick up a copy of Milton's book—it is an excellent guide for anyone interested in getting ahead in this dynamic and competitive field."

Books may be purchased on the OSA Foundation website for $20 USD (retail price: $35), but gifts of larger amounts are encouraged.

About the OSA Foundation
The OSA Foundation, created in 2002, is dedicated to supporting programs that advance science education, offer career and professional development resources, and recognize technical and business excellence. Contributions to the Foundation, a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, are deductible as provided by law. All donors receive special recognition and acknowledgements, unless they request to be anonymous. Donations to the OSA Foundation are matched dollar-for-dollar by the Optical Society through its donation to the OSA Foundation general fund, so your gift makes twice the difference. For more information, please visit, follow us on Facebook or contact the OSA development staff via telephone: 202.416.1434; or e-mail: