Our officers each possess outstanding records of scientific achievement in the field of optics. The time and effort given by our elected representatives provide a strong foundation for the Optica's future.

As a nonprofit organization, we are committed to safeguarding the trust placed it is by our members and the optics and photonics community as a whole. Our commitment to unsurpassed quality and best practices in governance, accountability, and transparency, exist at all level of our organization. These values are most apparent in the dedication and perseverance of our elected officers.


“We still need to emphasize technical leadership and advocacy for our science, to put optics and photonics front and center in helping to address global challenges. We still need to work to bring our community together, and to nurture the community’s future as represented in students and early-career researchers. More than ever, we need to continue our efforts to make this great society, and the community it represents, more inclusive globally.“
Constance J. Chang-Hasnain, 2021 Optica President

Officers

Constance J. Chang-Hasnain

President

Berxel Photonics, Chairperson
University of California Berkeley, Professor Emerita

Term: 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2021

Satoshi Kawata

President-Elect

Osaka University, Japan
Term: 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2021

Michal Lipson

Vice President

Columbia University, USA
Term: 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2021

Stephen D. Fantone

Immediate Past President

Optikos, USA
Term: 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2021

George Bayz

Treasurer

Oakshire Partners, USA
Term: 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2021

Elizabeth Rogan

Chief Executive Officer

Optica, USA

Board of Directors

Polina Bayvel

Director at Large

University College London, UK
Term: 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2022

Alex Gaeta

Chair, Publications Council


Term: 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2022

Andrea Blanco-Redondo

Director at Large

Nokia Bell Labs
Term: 22 January 2020 to 31 December 2022

Simin Cai

Chair, Corporate Engagement Council

Go!Foton, USA
Term: 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2021

Svetlana Boriskina

Director at Large

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Term: 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2021

Steven Cundiff

Chair, Meetings Council

University of Michigan Randall Laboratories, USA
Term: 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2021

Joyce Poon

Director at Large

Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics, Germany
Term: 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2023

Sophie LaRochelle

Director at Large

Université Laval, Canada
Term: 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2021

Gerd Leuchs

Director at Large

Max Planck Institute, Germany
Term: 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2022

Ulrike Woggon

Director at Large

Technische Universität Berlin, Germany
Term: 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2023

Arlene Smith

Chair, Membership Engagement and Development Council

Avo Photonics Inc, USA
Term: 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2021

Sujatha Ramanujan

Director at Large

Luminate, USA
Term: 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2021