Fellow Lecturer Trips

OSA Fellow Lecturer Program

Since 2000, OSA has sponsored over 100 trips through the OSA Fellow Lecturer Program reaching students and scientists in over 43 developing nations. Learn how to apply for this program.

Below is a list of recently approved or completed trips.

2018 Trips
Jagdish Singh, Mississippi State University, USA
India: Dhanbad, Assam, Haryana, Jammu, Bombay

Domenico Bonaccini Calia, European Southern Observatory, Germany
Colombia: Bogotá

Kimani C. Toussaint, Jr, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Ecuador: Quito

Federico Rosei, INRS Centre for Energy, Materials and Telecommunications, Canada
Rwanda: Kigali

2017 Trips
Colin Sheppard, University of Wollongong, Australia
Burkina Faso: Ouagadougou; Cote d'Ivoire: Yamoussoukro; Ghana: Cape Coast
Juan Miñano, Univ Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
Peru: Lima

Silvano Donati, University of Pavia, Italy
Taiwan: Tainan, Taipei
Miguel Levy, Michigan Technological University, USA
Peru: Lima

Xingde Li, Johns Hopkins University, USA
Russia: Saratov

Nimmi Ramanujam, Duke University, USA
Peru: Lima
Azizur Rahman, City University of London, UK     
Thailand: Bangkok
2016 Trips
Mohammad Alam, University of South Alabama, USA      
Bangladesh: Dhaka; Turkey: Istanbul
Alexander Lvovsky, University of Calgary, Canada
Brazil: Sao Paulo, Sao Carlos, Campinas, Recife
Kirill Larin, University of Houston, USA    
Russia, Saratov
Nabeel Riza, University College Cork (UCC), Ireland        
Pakistan: Lahore, Islamabad, Faisalabad
Gershon Kurizki, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel      
Brazil: Rio de Janeiro & Sao Paolo
Joseph Eberly, University of Rochester, USA
Peru: Lima
Mario Marconi, Colorado State University, USA    
Argentina: Buenos Aires, Villa Martelli, Gonnet

2015 Trips
Gregory Quarles, Opto-Electronic Management Agency, USA      
Romania: Bucharest; Russia: St. Petersburg; Ukraine: Kiev and Dnipropetrovsk

Gabriel Popescu, Univ of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA       
Romania: Bucharest
Silvano Donati, Univ of Pavia, Italy       
Indonesia: Kuala Lumpur; Malaysia: Serdang

Luis Orozco, Univ of Maryland, USA    
Mexico: Guadalajara & Puebla
Marvin Klein, Optech Ventures, USA    
Brazil: São José dos Campos, Campinas, Ribeirão Preto, Curitiba
Nicholas Bigelow, Univ of Rochester, USA
India: Bangalore & Delhi


Trip Highlights

Nimmi Ramanujam, Duke University, USA, visited Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (PUCP) to deliver talks and a seminar on research activities on women’s health and cancer prevention to physicians, scientists, engineers, students and community members.  Students from the National University of Engineering and National University of San Marcos traveled to PUCP to heat the talks. As a result of this visit Duke has established an agreement with PUCP to have a student exchange program, work on programs that enrich biomedical optical imaging research between the two institutions, and explore research collaborations that can directly involve students in research activities.
Kimani C. Toussaint, Jr, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA visited and gave presentations at two universities in Ecuador, one at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) and the other at the Escuela Politecnica Nacional (EPN). The fact that USFQ and EPN are well‐respected private and public universities, respectively, gave Professor Toussaint an excellent opportunity to gauge the state of optics research in the country. He met with an OSA student chapter, visited labs, and met with faculty. Everyone was very receptive to meeting an OSA Fellow and exploring ways in which optics researchers at their respective schools could collaborate with their counterparts at the University of Illinois at Urbana‐Champaign.

Nabeel Riza, University College Cork, Ireland, delivered a seminar titled “Light – Empowering the Life of an Inventor” at the LUMS University School of Science and Engineering (SSE) in Lahore, Pakistan. Prof. Riza also visited the Optics and Photonics Teaching and Research labs, talked with several undergraduate and graduate students, and had the opportunity to see his
former PhD students, now members of the faculty at SSE.

Federico Rosei, INRS, Centre for Energy, Materials and Telecommunications, Canada participated in two workshops in Kigali, Rwanda—one on women in science and engineering and one on climate change. In addition, he visited the East African Institute for Fundamental Research (EAIFR) and gave two lectures. The first was a technical lecture on multifunctional materials for solar technologies) and the second one was on professional development, focusing on writing papers for scholarly journals.