October 2017

The Optical Society Announces 2018 Ambassadors

Ambassadors share their experiences and perspectives with early career professionals and students in the field at events around the world

WASHINGTON — The Optical Society (OSA) is pleased to announce the 2018 class of OSA Ambassadors. The new class is comprised of ten international emerging leaders in optics and photonics from both academia and industry. OSA Ambassadors provide career advice, technical knowledge and mentorship to young professionals. They serve as traveling lecturers for student chapters and local sections, support professional development events at local OSA meetings, and engage with their local communities.

“OSA Ambassadors are dedicated to supporting OSA’s student chapters and local sections, student members and other early career professionals,” said Chad Stark, Executive Director, OSA Foundation, USA. “By sharing their experiences and knowledge, Ambassadors become an important component of OSA’s professional development programs and outreach.”

“Serving as an OSA Ambassador was a great honor,” said Chun-Hung (Frank) Kuo, Project Manager at Mettler-Toledo International and a 2016 OSA Ambassador. “Being able to engage with students, advocate for science and be a resource for others, was an invaluable experience.”

The 2018 Ambassadors are:
  • Vladimir Lazarev, Bauman Moscow Technical University, Russia
  • Howard Ho Wai Lee, Baylor University, USA
  • Andrea Blanco-Redondo, University of Sydney, Australia
  • Yaseera Ismail, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
  • Jelena Pesic, Nokia Bell Labs, France
  • Ivy Krystal Jones, Chicago State University, USA
  • Anderson M. Amaral, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil
  • Dan Christensen, TOPTICA Photonics, Inc., USA
  • Federico Furch, Max Born Institute, Germany
  • Laura Coyle, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp, USA
About The Optical Society
Founded in 1916, The Optical Society (OSA) is the leading professional organization for scientists, engineers, students and business leaders who fuel discoveries, shape real-life applications and accelerate achievements in the science of light. Through world-renowned publications, meetings and membership initiatives, OSA provides quality research, inspired interactions and dedicated resources for its extensive global network of optics and photonics experts. For more information, visit osa.org.

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