OSA Foundation Announces First Siegman International School on Lasers


Lyndsay Meyer
The Optical Society

OSA Foundation Announces First Siegman International School on Lasers

WASHINGTON, Oct.  31, 2013—The OSA Foundation announced today that Stanford University will host the first Siegman International School on Lasers in the summer of 2014. The program, co-founded by The OSA Foundation and IPG Photonics, will provide 100 graduate students from around the world the opportunity to advance their education, foster future collaboration, and promote research and engineering for the optical community.

Founded in honor of Anthony “Tony” Siegman, past president of The Optical Society (OSA) and founding member of The OSA Foundation, the school will take place in a different region of the world every year, bringing world-class education to students who may not have had access to such resources otherwise. The school will provide an opportunity for students to present their own research to their peers, learn from an international group of accomplished speakers, and network with other students in the field of optics.

"Tony made important contributions to lasers, but also to the career paths of fellow scientists and engineers, said Robert Byer, co-director of the Stanford Photonics Research Center. “For the former he is well known, for the latter he is remembered.”

Siegman received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University in 1957 and was a professor on Stanford University's Electrical Engineering faculty for more than 40 years.  Siegman passed away in October 2011 at the age of 79. For more information on the Siegman International School on Lasers, visit The OSA Foundation website.

“Tony spent his entire professional career at Stanford University, so to have the inaugural class of the Siegman International School on Lasers hosted there is a fitting tribute,” said Michael Morris, OSA Foundation board chair. “This school offers a unique opportunity for the brightest graduate students from around the world to come together and learn from internationally-recognized leaders in laser science. Tony supported OSA’s summer school concept from the beginning and we’re proud to launch the first school next year as a way to honor Tony’s legacy for many years to come.”

About The OSA Foundation
The OSA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation established by The Optical Society (OSA) in 2002 to carry out charitable activities that support OSA’s mission of promoting the generation, application, archiving and worldwide dissemination of knowledge in optics and photonics. The Foundation helps cultivate the next generation of leaders and innovators in the optics and photonics community as they move through advanced degree programs and become active members of research and engineering communities around the globe. The Foundation also works to secure OSA Awards and Honors program endowments. To date, The Foundation has awarded more than 800 grants, scholarships, and prizes benefiting thousands of individuals in more than 55 countries. Donations to The OSA Foundation are matched dollar-for-dollar by OSA. For more information, visit www.osa.org/foundation.
Funding and Sponsorship for the Siegman School
Funding for the Siegman International School on Lasers is supported through donations from generous individuals and organizations. Contributions help provide world-class lecturers, important student travel grants and achievement awards as well as offset other general programming costs. Donations to the Siegman International School on Lasers Endowment are accepted at www.osa.org/donate.