OSA Light, Energy and the Environment Congress

OSA Light, Energy and the Environment Congress

This comprehensive Congress examines the frontiers in the development of optical technologies for energy production, transmission, monitoring and use. This Congress is designed to bring together researchers, engineers, and managers to foster timely information exchange between the disciplines involved in these fields.

Michael WebberMichael E. Webber, The University of Texas at Austin, USA
Kenneth Baldwin
Kenneth Baldwin, Australian National University, Australia, General Chair and OSA Board of Meetings
Scott Rayder
Scott Rayder, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, USA, General Co-Chair
 
Dirk Richter
Dirk Richter, University of Colorado Boulder, USA Local Organizing Committee Co-Chair and General Co-Chair
Scott Spuler
Scott Spuler, National Center for Atmospheric Research, USA, Local Organizing Committee Co-Chair and General Co-Chair
Schedule at a glance

Welcome Reception

Sunday, 5 November, 18:00-20:00
Millennium Room, Millennium Harvest House Boulder


Join your fellow attendees at the Congress hotel, Millennium Harvest House Boulder, for the welcome reception. During the reception you can pick up your registration materials. The reception is open to all congress attendees. 
 

Congress Plenary Session

Monday, 6 November, 08:30-10:00
NCAR Center Green 1


The Congress will start on Monday with the Plenary Speaker, Michael E. Webber.
 

IPAC Session on Global Environmental Monitoring and Measurement

Tuesday, 7 November, 08:30-10:00
NCAR Center Green 1


IPAC (The International Photonics Advocacy Coalition) will host this session to bring together domain experts and government officials to discuss photonics-based technology solutions for accurate and reliable environmental monitoring, reporting and effective policy implementation. A light breakfast will be avalible from 8:00-8:30. 
 
Welcome and Overview of IPAC
Tom Baer, Stanford University, USA /IPAC Steering Committee Chair
 
New Airborne Observing Systems for Climate Research: Challenges for Laser, Electronics, and Optical Designs
James G. Anderson, Harvard Univ, USA

A brief review of dominant feedbacks within the climate structure that set the timescale for irreversible changes to the Earth’s climate system is presented. Emerging developments defining a new era of airborne observing systems are linked to strategies addressing key unanswered scientific questions regarding the climate system. Given these new observing systems, it is demonstrated that the new developments constitute key challenges for new designs in lasers, electronics and optical systems. 


Panel
Kevin Trenberth, NCAR Boulder, USA
Nathan Newbury, NIST Boulder, USA
Scott Spuler,  LIDAR Group - NCAR Boulder, USA
Kelly Chance, Harvard Smithsonian, USA
 
IPAC is a global initiative that brings together experts from industry, academia and government to educate policymakers and influencers about photonics technologies; collaborate and coordinate among industry, government and academia to advance knowledge of photonics technologies; and to advocate for funding for optics and photonics initiatives.
 

Tours to Local Labs

Tuesday, 7 November, 12:00-16:00
Tours will leave from NCAR Center Green at 12:10.  All groups will return to Mesa Visitor Center. 


There is a $30 fee to particpate in a tour which includes a box lunch. Registration for tours will end on 25 October. 

NCAR - The tour will be at the NCAR's Research Aviation Facility in Broomfield, CO.

NOAA/NIST - The tour will visit several laboratories in NOAA and NIST at the Department of Commerce site in Boulder.

NREL - This tour features NREL¹s South Table Mountain research campus and will include stops at the Science & Technology Facility and Solar Energy Research Support Facility.
 

Keynote Session I

Tuesday, 7 November, 16:00-17:30
Mesa Visitor Center


Clifford Ho, Sandia National Laboratories, USA, Overview of Central Receiver Systems for Concentrating Solar Power: Optical Advancements and Needs

Kelly V. Chance, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, USA, North American pollution measurements from geostationary orbit with Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution (TEMPO).
 

Optical Startups - From Idea to Business

Tuesday, 7 November, 17:30-18:30
Mesa Visitor Center


The optical community will hear from technology entrepreneurs on what it takes to develop and run a business.  How to successfully take laboratory innovation, which often relies on highly skilled and very devoted personnel, and expand them into a business.  How to avoid pitfalls of an indifferent bureaucracy that takes over the technology with lesser skilled and less devoted personnel.  

 
Moderator Panelist
Dirk Richter, Quanta3, USA Mike Anderson, Vescent Photonics, USA
  Andy Goldstein, Univ. of Colorado Boulder Technology Transfer Office, USA
  Ramin Lalezari, FiveNine Optics, USA
  Chris Myatt, MBio Diagnostics Inc., USA







 

Conference Banquet

Tuesday, 7 November, 18:30-21:00
Mesa Visitor Center


Come join your fellow colleagues at the Congress Banquet.  Enjoy dinner, drinks and networking.  There is a nomimal extra cost of $10.00 for attendees and $50.00 for your guest. 


Keynote Session II

Wednesday, 8 November, 08:30-10:00
NCAR Center Green 1

 
Kwang-Leong Choy, University College London, UK, Freeform Optics from Design to Manufacture and its Envisioned Impact on Technology to Enable the Science of Tomorrow

Jeff Tsao, Sandia National LaboratoriesUSA, The New World of Lighting: SSL and Beyond
 

Poster Session

Wednesday, 8 November, 17:30-18:30
NCAR Center Green 1


Posters are an integral part of the technical program and offer a unique networking opportunity, where presenters can discuss their results one-to-one with interested parties. The posters will be displayed in the main foyer throughout the day, but this will be your chance to discuss with the presenting author their results.
 

OSA - The Optical Society

American Elements, global manufacturer of high purity metals, substrates, laser crystals, advanced materials for semiconductors, optoelectronics, & LEDs.

Silver Sponsors

Exhibitor

nanoplus America, Inc.

Liquid Instruments