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Keys to Successful Proposals for Research

On Monday afternoon, program officers and senior officials with four major funding agencies with funding opportunities in the United States, Asia and Europe gave FiO 2017 attendees an inside look at their programs, and at some of the keys for submitting a successful proposal for optics and photonics research. Lawrence Goldberg, a senior advisor in the engineering directorate of the U.S...

Added: 20 Sep 2017


From VR and AR to "Mixed Reality"

Right now, virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) largely occupy different domains: VR seeks to immerse users in an entirely separate world, while AR overlays additional data, images and experiences onto the real one. But Scott McEldowney of Oculus Research, USA—who gave one of three “Visionary Speakers” keynotes that kicked off the Monday session of OSA Frontiers...

Added: 20 Sep 2017


Self-Driving Cars: A Complex Photonic Supply Chain

We tend to think of autonomous vehicles largely in terms of their technical challenges. But in a talk at the OSA Frontiers in Optics conference in Washington, D.C., Ira Moskowitz (pictured), the director of advanced-manufacturing programs with the Innovation Institute at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, USA, focused on another, less-well-known side of the challenge.   In...

Added: 20 Sep 2017


OSA Headquarters Gets a New Nameplate

OSA marked the first day of Frontiers in Optics 2017 in a particularly meaningful way: By formally dedicating its newly renovated headquarters building in Washington, D.C., in honor of Jarus W. Quinn, who served as the society’s first executive director from 1972 to 1994. The building’s dedication, originally announced last December, adds the name of Quinn prominently to the...

Added: 20 Sep 2017


Fixing the Leaky Pipeline

On the first day of the Frontiers in Optics/Laser Science 2017 conference, dozens of industry leaders, researchers, students and other optics professionals came together at OSA’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., in the second “Global Women of Light” symposium. The all-day event, co-sponsored by the OSA Foundation and Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and...

Added: 20 Sep 2017


An Opportunity I'll Never Forget

Traveling to Centro de Investigaciones en Optica (CIO) in Leon, Guanajuato for the 2017 Siegman School on Lasers this August was a great experience.  There were about 70 of us from 20+ countries, and 11 luminaries sharing with us a wide range of applications and phenomena of lasers.  I arrived with a need to apply lasers for measurement and I left with new views on lasers, great...

Added: 13 Sep 2017


Ask ‘Dear Abbie’ Anything on Digital Holography – A Reddit Science “Ask Me Anything” with the Naval

    Every day I work on the cutting edge of science and technology and I love it. Our team at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, works specifically with advanced optical imaging technologies which work to help map the ocean floor. It is my passion for the science and for mentoring others to help to navigating the maze of challenges, opportunities and...

Added: 08 Sep 2017


Choosing the Right Research Group for Your PhD

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...

Added: 09 Aug 2017


The Importance of Diversity

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. Diversity, as Allemeier pointed out, can be as simple as being the only person in your room...

Added: 28 Jul 2017


Traveling Your Path

    Amy Eskilson on Traveling Your Path 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...

Added: 28 Jul 2017