The Optical Society Announces Inaugural Class of Senior Members


Lyndsay Meyer
The Optical Society

The Optical Society Announces Inaugural Class of Senior Members

More than 160 OSA members approved with new senior member designation

WASHINGTON, June 9—The Optical Society (OSA) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the approval of 162 senior members—the first class of OSA members to achieve this new distinction. Senior membership provides well-established individuals with the opportunity to request a designation that recognizes their experience and professional accomplishments or service within the field of optics and photonics. A full list of the new senior members is available on the OSA website.

“The OSA Board of Directors was thrilled to see so many high-quality applications for OSA’s first class of senior membership,” said OSA President James C. Wyant.  “These 162 professionals have served the optics and photonics community for at least a decade—and in many cases much longer—and we’re excited to be able to recognize them with the new distinction.”

To qualify for senior membership, individuals must have at least 10 years of significant professional experience in the field of optics and photonics and two references from OSA members. Requests are reviewed twice a year (in the spring and fall) by the Member and Education Services Council, which then recommends candidates to the Board of Directors for approval. Once selected as a senior member, individuals automatically maintain the status when they renew their membership each year; there is no need to reapply once selected for senior membership status as long as candidates maintain their OSA member status. Applicants who are not already affiliated with OSA are encouraged to establish an OSA Individual Membership.

In addition to receiving OSA individual member benefits, senior member designees also receive:

  • Special Recognitions – Senior members are identified in the OSA Member Directory, on and during OSA-hosted events.
  • Announcements – Newly approved senior members are announced in: Optics & Photonics News, the OSA e-newsletter, and other promotional materials.
  • Senior Member Certificate and Lapel Pin – Distributed upon application approval.
  • Letter of Recognition – Approved senior members may elect to have a confirmation letter sent to their employer

More information about qualifications and application requirements for OSA senior membership is available on the OSA website.

About OSA
Uniting more than 106,000 professionals from 134 countries, the Optical Society (OSA) brings together the global optics community through its programs and initiatives. Since 1916 OSA has worked to advance the common interests of the field, providing educational resources to the scientists, engineers and business leaders who work in the field by promoting the science of light and the advanced technologies made possible by optics and photonics. OSA publications, events, technical groups and programs foster optics knowledge and scientific collaboration among all those with an interest in optics and photonics. For more information, visit