10 April 2018

The Optical Society Hosts Special Networking and Member Events at CLEO 2018

WASHINGTON — The Optical Society (OSA), the leading professional association in optics and photonics, will host a variety of special events during the 2018 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO) at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, California, from 13-18 May 2018. The events feature unique networking and professional development programs, industry discussions on rapidly growing technologies within the industry and a reception with OSA Publishing editors.
OIDA Executive Forum
Exploding Role of Optics in Sensing
The Executive Forum‐style event aims to match applications leaders needing new solutions with early‐stage technologies in a range of sectors, spanning consumer to industrial markets. While the ultimate activity is “matchmaking,” the emphasis will be on the end‐product vendors’ needs and investor perspectives. The workshop will focus on segments within the field that have particular promise today, such as mobility and automation, big data and AI, and manufacturing issues related to these products. Event details: Monday, 14 May, 8:30 – 18:00, Almaden Ballroom, Hilton San Jose. Space is limited, RSVP today.
OSA Publishing
Meet the OSA Editors’ Reception
Curious about the OSA Journal process or have an idea for a possible feature issue? Join OSA Publishing’s journal editors for conversation and refreshments. Topics to be covered include best practices when submitting a manuscript; elements of a useful manuscript review; criteria editors look for in submitted manuscripts; and the process to propose a Feature Issue topic for publication in an OSA Journal. Event details: Tuesday, 15 May, 15:00—16.00 and all are welcome.
OSA Foundation
Cheeky Scientist Career Development Workshops: Cheeky Scientist workshops assist graduate students and postdocs transition to industry by helping them better themselves as business professionals. The workshops provide attendees with a strong understanding of what it takes to have a tailored industry resume and how to showcase transferable skills. Sponsored by the OSA Foundation, attendees can join two career-building sessions. Workshops are complimentary for OSA Members. There is limited space at each workshop: RSVP online 
  • The Modern Job Search: Sunday, 13 May, 13:00–14:00
  • Networking: An Art & Science: Sunday, 13 May, 16:00–17:00
OSA Foundation Data Science Center Opportunities: This course provides an introduction to careers in data science. It incorporates interactive lectures and group exercises. Attendees will learn how their technical skills can transition into the data science field. They will gain insights into the types of problems data scientists work on and the data science project lifecycle and outputs.  
Diversity & Inclusion in Optics and Photonics Reception: Jointly hosted by OSA, APS and IEEE, this special reception provides an opportunity for colleagues in the optics and photonics community to learn, share and engage while discussing the important topic of diversity in the field. Event details: Monday, 14 May from 17:30—18:30. Space is limited, RSVP today.
Understanding Unconscious Bias: Sponsored in by OSA, APS and IEEE, this workshop will discuss how unconscious bias can result in best and brightest talent made to feel unwelcome, invisible, and not important to the success of the organization. During the session, participants will explore concepts and engage participants to better understand implicit bias, increase awareness and understanding the impact on organizational culture and identify ways to promote greater engagement with diversity and inclusion. There is limited space and interested attendees should RSVP online. Event details: Monday, 14 May at 14:00–15:30 and 16:00–17:30.
OSA Technical Group Events
OSA Optical Material Studies Technical Group Special Talk
Students and recent graduates are invited to join the OSA Optical Material Studies Technical Group on potential career paths. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from two recent graduates, one who has pursued a career in industry and one who has pursued a career in academia, who will provide insight into their current research and their career paths. An RSVP is required for this technical group event; please contact TGactivities@osa.org to register, pending availability. Event details: Monday, 14 May, 12:00 – 13:00.
OSA Nanophotonics Technical Group 20x20 Talks
This special session hosted by the OSA Nanophotonics Technical Group offers a unique platform for to present their research in a creative and concise fashion that differs from the usual oral or poster session. Selected participants will showcase their research in a presentation of 20 images, in which each image is displayed for 20 seconds. Presenters will talk along to the images as the slides advance automatically. Immediately following the presentations, attendees are invited to join the technical group for a small reception where they can network with colleagues over refreshments. Event details: Monday, 14 May, 19:00 – 20:30.
OSA Technical Group Poster Session
Join the OSA Technical Groups a series of focused poster sessions, bringing together students and colleagues for an opportunity to share their latest research findings and exchange ideas. After listening to the poster presentations and connecting with fellow attendees over refreshments, you will have a chance to cast your vote for the best poster from each of the four participating technical groups. Event details: Tuesday, 15 May, 19:00 – 20:30.
OSA Photonic Metamaterials Technical Group Tutorial on Metasurface Design and Simulation
Join the OSA Photonic Metamaterials Technical Group for a tutorial on metasurface design and simulation during lunch on Wednesday. This tutorial, aimed at students and new researchers, will focus on hands-on skills. Dr. Wei Ting Chen from Harvard University, with assistance from Alexander Zhu and Yao-Wei Huang, will provide an overview of metasurfaces followed by a tutorial on how to perform the simulation. An RSVP is required for this technical group event; please contact TGactivities@osa.org to register, pending availability.
Emerging Trends in Nonlinear Optics – A Review of CLEO: 2018
OSA Members are invited to join the OSA Nonlinear Optics Technical Group for a special panel discussion presenting the exciting and hot topics in nonlinear optics that were presented during CLEO: 2018. Following the conclusion of the panel discussion, members are invited to join the technical group for a small reception where they can network with colleagues over refreshments. Event details: Thursday, 17 May, 18:30 – 20:00. An RSVP is required for this technical group event; please contact TGactivities@osa.org to register, pending availability.

The Optical Society Booth
Stop by the OSA booth (1927) to meet staff, and learn more about our history, publications, conferences and meetings. In addition, booth visitors can take advantage of special renewal and new membership discounts.
The OSA Member Lounge
OSA Members are invited to take a brief respite from the conference at the OSA Member Lounge located in Concourse Lobby, San Jose Convention Center. Whether it’s to plan your schedule, meet up with other members or print your boarding pass, the lounge offers comfortable seating, light refreshments, coffee service and a computer/printer.
About CLEO
With a distinguished history as the industry's leading event on laser science, the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO) is the premier international forum for scientific and technical optics, uniting the fields of lasers and opto-electronics by bringing together all aspects of laser technology, from basic research to industry applications. CLEO: Expo showcases the latest products and applications from more than 300 participating companies, providing hands-on demonstrations of the latest market innovations and applications. The Expo also offers valuable on-floor programming, including Market Focus and the Technology Transfer programs.
Managed by The Optical Society (OSA) and sponsored by the American Physical Society's Laser Science Division, IEEE Photonics Society and OSA, CLEO provides the full range of critical developments in the field, showcasing the most significant milestones from laboratory to marketplace. With an unparalleled breadth and depth of coverage, CLEO connects all of the critical vertical markets in lasers and electro-optics. For more information, visit the event website at cleoconference.org.
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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