The Optical Society Announces 2018 Technical Group Chairs

21 November 2017


The Optical Society Announces 2018 Technical Group Chairs

OSA Technical groups unite members with colleagues and leaders across the broad research areas
of optics and photonics

WASHINGTON — The Optical Society (OSA) is pleased to announce the newly elected chairs for twelve OSA Technical Groups. OSA Technical Groups are vibrant and active communities that connect OSA members with colleagues and leaders within specialized topic areas from around the world. Each group organizes special events featuring tailored programming for members at OSA meetings, facilitates online forums to engage in discussions, and delivers focused information on the latest developments in the field as well opportunities to explore emerging topics.

Elected by their fellow members, these individuals serve a three-year term beginning in January 2018. Each chair is responsible for creating an engagement plan for the group, providing an annual report on group activities to the OSA Board of Meetings and designating an executive committee of their fellow OSA members to assist them in their efforts. The chair and executive committee work together to organize events, webinars, workshops and other technical sessions online or at OSA meetings throughout the year.

“The new technical group chairs will gain valuable experience in planning and organizing events as well as other professional skills that scientists do not typically obtain in their day to day job,” said Volker Sorger, OSA Technical Group Development Co-Chair on the Board of Meetings. “Congratulations to the new technical group chairs and I’m looking forward to working with them in the coming year.”

Currently, OSA has 44 technical groups that fall under one of six technical divisions. These include Bio-Medical Optics; Fabrication, Design and Instrumentation; Information Acquisition, Processing and Display; Optical Interaction Science; Photonics and Opto-Electronics; and Vision and Color.

The new OSA Technical Group Chairs are:

Microscopy and Optical Coherence Tomography Technical Group
Amira M. Eltony, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, USA

Gamma, X-Ray and Extreme UV Optics Technical Group
Daniele Pelliccia, Instruments & Data Tools Pty Ltd, Australia

Systems and Instrumentation Technical Group
Zhi M. Liao, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA

Nonlinear Optics Technical Group
Ajanta Barh, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark

Optical Cooling and Trapping Technical Group
Charles W. Clark, National Institute of Standards & Technology, USA

Optical Material Studies Technical Group
Gururaj V. Naik, Rice University, USA

Optical Metrology Technical Group
Anis Rahman, Applied Research & Photonics Inc, USA

Photonic Metamaterials Technical Group
Wei-Ting Chen, Harvard University, USA

Optoelectronics Technical Group
Winnie N. Ye, Carleton University, Canada

Photonic Detection Technical Group
Girija Gaur, Banner & Witcoff, USA

Applications of Visual Science Technical Group
Enrique-Josua Fernandez, Universidad de Murcia, Spain

Color Technical Group
Manuel Spitschan, University of Oxford, UK

About The Optical Society
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