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Finding My Home at OSA

By Felipe Beltrán Mejía, 2017 OSA Ambassador, Brazil | Posted: 18 May 2017

The idea of writing this post came from an informal conversation with OSA President, Eric Mazur, during Winter Leadership Meeting this past January. This is about how my good friend Dr. Alvaro Casas Bedoya and I were able to turnaround a difficult situation and finish our physics degrees, using the advantages of OSA’s student membership. 


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AIO 2017: Focus on Dr. Brian Pogue, DoseOptics, LLC, USA

By Cushla McGoverin | Posted: 9 May 2017

Cushla McGoverin, interviews AIO 2017 Invited Speaker Dr. Brian Pogue, the president of DoseOptics, about his experience at radiation therapy imaging and Cherenkov radiotherapy dosimetry. Dr. Pogue will present at AIO on Wednesday, June 28.

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My First Trip as an OSA Ambassador

By Rim Cherif, 2017 OSA Ambassador, Tunisia | Posted: 8 May 2017

I arrived in Beijing on 20 April after a 23 hour long trip. While I was tired from the travel, I met with Aixin Zhang, PhD student at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Physics (IOP) and President of the OSA Student Chapter who took me to IOP. I was welcomed by Professor Ling-An Wu, Chapter Advisor, and was impressed by the huge building and hospitality of all the professors and students. I first gave my scientific talk on ‘Supercontinuum Generation in Photonic Crystal Fibers’, which was attended by students and professors from different groups. After my presentation, I had a very constructive discussion with the audience followed by a pizza party. Aixin presented on the activities of the IOP-OSA Student Chapter and the plan for the upcoming activities. This was the perfect transition to my second lecture ‘About OSA and Student Chapter Management’. We discussed various issues namely: how to maintain a chapter in a good standing and how to write chapter grants. Most of the students wanted to learn what makes an event receive grant funding or not and were looking for advice on the overall process. I discussed with them the difference between small and large impact-type events and gave them examples with very specific details such as the number of attendees, program, lecturers, etc.  Following my lectures, I had an interesting discussion with Professor Wei Ding about nonlinear optics followed by a lab tour. I was impressed with the facilities and the equipments especially the new setup for THz devices. After 7 hours spent at IOP, I had the opportunity to share a typical dinner ‘‘Hot pot’‘ with Aixin during which she introduced me to the education system in China, how to get in the PhD program, and the perspectives of jobs after graduating.

Photo credit : Rim Cherif (Left to Right : Professor Ling-An Wi, OSA Ambassador Rim Cherif, and OSA Student President Aixin Zhang)

 

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The Future of Transportation is Built with Optics Inside

By Rebecca Andersen | Posted: 4 May 2017

The race to develop and deploy an autonomous vehicle is fast and furious. Enabling and empowering the next-generation of transportation is optics and photonics. Optical technologies have become essential in automotive applications such as head-up and inside vehicle displays. Luminar Technologies, Inc., a new company headed by CEO Austin Russell and OSA Fellow and CTO Jason Eichenholz, have developed sensors that could make self-driving cars safer than human drivers.

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Optics Luminaries Honored at 2017 National Academy of Sciences 154th Annual Meeting

By Rebecca Andersen | Posted: 4 May 2017

Optical Society (OSA) members and guests honored the accomplishments of OSA members Stanley Whitcomb, Gabriela González and David Reitze for their contributions to the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) and the discovery of gravitational waves in 2015. For their research achievements, Dr. Whitcomb received the Henry Draper Medal and Dr. González and Dr. Reitze were awarded the NAS Award for Scientific Discovery during an awards ceremony on 30 April in Washington, D.C. 

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You asked IBM Research scientist Jessie Rosenberg “anything” about silicon photonics

By IBM Research | Posted: 20 April 2017

Silicon photonics uses light, versus electricity, to send signals from a microchip. IBM engineers use these pulses of light to increase the connectivity and bandwidth between datacenters for faster data transfer over longer distances. But silicon photonics isn’t just for datacenters. IBM sees the technology helping improve everything from IoT sensors to quantum photonics.

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AIO 2017: Focus on Dr. Hod Finkelstein, TruTag Technologies, USA

By Sogol Borjian, Ph.D | Posted: 19 April 2017

Dr. Finkelstein has over twenty years of technology development, manufacturing and operations experience.  Prior to joining TruTag Technologies, he was Director of Technology Development for Illumina, Inc., a leading genomic analysis and DNA sequencing company, where he led the development and productization of advanced sequencing products and technologies.

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Traveling Lecturer: A Technical and Professional Visit

By Yang Yue, Juniper Networks, USA | Posted: 4 April 2017

On March 22nd, I visited the Ningbo University Student Chapter of OSA in Ningbo, Zhejiang, China. The chapter is in the laboratory of Infrared Materials and Devices (LIMD) of Ningbo University, Key Laboratory of Photoelectric Materials and Devices of Zhejiang Province. 


 

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An OSA Ambassador’s Journey: How I became an OSA Ambassador

By Mariia Pashchenko, 2017 OSA Ambassador, Czech Republic | Posted: 4 April 2017

My OSA journey started 10 years ago in 2007, when I first learned about The Optical Society. It was at a workshop when someone made an “About OSA” presentation for students at my University. While I cannot remember who the speaker was, I remember very clearly my feeling: It was like a breath of fresh air. The talk was about the numerous opportunities for students and student chapters and I thought that it didn’t seem too difficult to establish an OSA Student Chapter and make a change. I had the support of several people from different Institutes and we started our long journey.


 

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Traveling Lecturer: A Truly Rewarding Experience

By Paolo Minzioni, Università di Pavia, Italy | Posted: 3 April 2017



After almost one year following the initial contacts with the OSA Student Chapter at Malaviya National Institute of Technology (Jaipur, India), I was finally able to take part in the OSA Traveling Lecturer Program. I must say that it really was a fascinating experience, which will probably have an impact on the future of several people. The only real issues I had to face were those related to securing a visa - this is just to recommend all of you that will be participating in the program to take visa issues properly into account!

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