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Choosing the Right Research Group for Your PhD

By Yoshi Okawachi, 2017 Ambassador, United States | Posted: 9 August 2017

The PhD journey is incredibly rewarding but also filled with many roadblocks and frustrations along the way. Unlike undergraduate studies, where the curriculum is set, the PhD program is much less defined. You are thrown into the research group without well-defined responsibilities and expectations and you are expected to figure it out along the way. Here a few things, based on recent conversations with graduate students and professors, that could get your PhD career off to a good start. 

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The Importance of Diversity

By Michael Forkner, OSA & SPS | Posted: 28 July 2017

In today’s social climate, issues surrounding diversity and inclusion are increasingly being discussed, yet, very few people are talking about how diversity affects the workplace from an innovation standpoint. Lora Allemeier, CEO of Ocean Optics, did just that at OSA’s 2017 Innovation School.

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Traveling Your Path

By Michael Forkner, OSA & SPS | Posted: 28 July 2017

As a young professional, many career paths are available to you. From decisions about what level of education you should pursue, to whether you want to work in academia or industry, the number of options can be daunting. At OSA’s 2017 Innovation School, Amy Eskilson spoke about her path as a non-technical communications major to the CEO of Inrad Optics in “an unconventional but somewhat classic manner.” 

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Insights from a turnaround and startup guy

By Michael Forkner, OSA & SPS | Posted: 28 July 2017

In today’s world, there are hundreds of things to think about when creating a new product or technology. Martin Seifert, CEO of Nufern, provided participants of OSA’s Innovation School tips on how to be successful in a new startup. 

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Day 4: Applied Industrial Optics

By Sogol Borjian, Ph.D | Posted: 30 June 2017

The final day of AIO 2017 kicked off with...

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Day 3: Applied Industrial Optics

By Sogol Borjian, Ph.D | Posted: 29 June 2017

So much happened today at AIO, just some titles were “Imaging Radiation Dose and Molecules in Human Radiation Therapy for Cancer”, “A Low Cost Optical Imaging Device based on a single Moving Detector for Breast Cancer Detection”, “Spectral Imaging for Quantitative Phase Contrast”, “Adventures in Underwater Microscopy”, “Planar Beam-steering Optics for Solar Concentration”, “Thermo-optic devices based on highly absorbing optical fibers”, “Selected Applications of Fiber Optic Sensor Technology”, “Multimode Fibers for Sensing and other Non-Telecom Applications”,  “On-demand Drawing of High Aspect-ratio, Microsphere-tipped Elastomeric Micropillars”,  “Perspectives as an Entrepreneur and Investor, a View from Both Sides of the Table”, “Start-ups, Incubators, Accelerators, Oh My!”.  

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Day 2: Applied Industrial Optics

By Sogol Borjian, Ph.D | Posted: 28 June 2017

The first session of AIO on Day 2, “Fabulous-Perot Sensing and Sources”, was opened by ...

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Day 2: Materials for Optomechanical Actuation Incubator

By Michael Forkner, OSA & SPS | Posted: 27 June 2017


OSA’s Materials for Optomechanical Actuation Incubator brought together researchers from with varying backgrounds to discuss the applications and challenges behind implementing optomechanical actuators. On day two the speakers and hosts pulled together the different perspectives presented on day to and focused on some of the high-level problems facing the optomechanical community. 

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Day 1: ​Applied Industrial Optics

By Sogol Borjian, Ph.D | Posted: 27 June 2017

OSA’s Imaging and Applied Optics Congress kicked off with the Joint Opening Plenary Session.
Mohan Trivedi (University of California San Diego, USA) opened the conference with “Humanity, Intelligent vehicles LISA Research Agenda”, an insight into the intelligent vehicles future and the long term goal of human cohabitation with intelligent robots. Next, John Schwartzman (Director of Photography, USA) closed the session with his talk on “Advanced Imaging Photography”.

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Day 1: OSA Materials for Optomechanical Actuation Incubator

By Michael Forkner, OSA & SPS | Posted: 26 June 2017

Optomechanical actuation is the act of turning light (electro-magnetic energy) into mechanical work. This most commonly calls to mind photovoltaics and solar cells. Solar cells take the energy of the sun and converts it into electricity, which then in turn can be used to do mechanical work. For the Materials for Optomechanical Actuation Incubator, the Hosts Chris Bardeen, University of California Riverside; Antti Makinen, Office of Naval Research; Peter A. Morrison, Office of Naval Research; and Ravi Shankar, University of Pittsburgh hope to explore other ways light can do mechanical work.  

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