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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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Boston University Celebrates International Women's Day

By Michelle Sander, 2017 OSA Ambassador, Boston University, USA | Posted: 29 March 2017

On International Women’s Day, we celebrate the success women have achieved by empowering each other and have an opportunity to advocate for gender parity. Especially for women in Optics and STEM fields where women are unfortunately still underrepresented, this marks a special occasion to come together and express support, encouragement and inspiration to each other. On Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at Boston University, this spirit shone through brightly as students throughout various stages in their undergraduate and graduate studies, post-doctoral fellows and faculty, female and male, all gathered together wearing something red for a picture in the Photonics Center Lobby. It was a wonderful testimony of how far we have come in our journey towards diversity and equality and reminded us that collectively we can strive towards further increasing female representation in optics. 


 

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Applied Industrial Optics 2017 (AIO) - Chair Dr. Arlene Smith shares her thoughts on the meeting.

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

What do you think makes AIO meeting a remarkable meeting? 
The program is mostly invited talks, which enables the Committee to focus on enabling leaders in the field to share their knowledge. The Committee members display great dedication in working to make the meeting the best...

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Traveling Lecturer: Learning Beyond the Lab

By Lund University OSA Student Chapter, Sweden | Posted: 2 March 2017

Antigone presented her 'skill bill' lecture about the importance of developing additional skills during your education and career in order to further it. The reasons and the way of furthering were not the classical idea of financial gain or prestige but more about your personal best and what you as individuals would be happiest doing as well as how to further the quality of the work. 

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Traveling Lecturer: Meeting Dr. Sorger

By UArk Laserbacks Chapter, USA | Posted: 2 March 2017

The Traveling Lecturer Program through our OSA Student Chapter (UArk Laserbacks) was a great success. Dr. Sorger's visit was productive, as he was able to spend time meeting various professors and students throughout the University of Arkansas Physics Department, and his talk was very relevant and interesting to many researchers on campus. Students and faculty also benefitted from the chance to meet with Volker after the scheduled lecture in a more casual setting, as we took him out to dinner that evening. We appreciate this networking opportunity and future ones provided by OSA.

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Traveling Lecturer: Traveling to New and Unknown Places

By David Hagan, CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics, USA, OSA Fellow | Posted: 27 February 2017



When I was first contacted by NISER student chapter officer, Samir Kumar, to visit as a traveling lecturer, I must admit I have never even heard of NISER, or the city in which it is located, Bhubaneswar, India. I was glad that we were eventually able to find a date for me to attend.   

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