OSA Fellows represent a diverse group of members who have served with distinction in the advancement of optics and photonics.  In 2017, OSA started interviewing a number of Fellow members in order to share their unique stories, advice, and experience with the OSA community. 
Please take a moment to get to know an OSA Fellow.  If you are interested in participating, please contact the OSA Awards Office (

    • MKafesaki

      Maria Kafesaki

      University of Crete and Forth-IESL, Greece

      Citation: For the ground-breaking numerical demonstration of large gaps for optical and acoustic materials and for seminal contributions to photonic crystals, metamaterials science and nanophotonics.

      • AArmani

        Andrea Armani

        University of Southern California, United States

        Citation: For contributions to integrated photonics with applications in telecommunication and chemical and biological detection.

        • MJarrahi

          Mona Jarrahi

          University of California, Los Angeles, United States

          Citation: For pioneering contributions to terahertz optoelectronics and microwave photonics through development of novel engineered materials, plasmonic nanostructures, and quantum well devices.

          • IJex

            Igor Jex

            Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic

            Citation: For contributions to the applications of optical networks in quantum optics, in particular, for their use for quantum state measurement and in implementing quantum walks using the optical feedback loop.

            • SSumriddetchkajorn

              Sarun Sumriddetchkajorn

              National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (NECTEC), Thailand

              Citation: For outstanding contribution to photonics engineering especially for innovative implementation of biomedical devices, fiber-optic components, and sensing systems.

              • APetersen

                Alan B. Petersen

                Spectra-Physics, MKS Instruments, Inc., United States

                Citation: For significant and innovative contributions to the design of commercial scientific and industrial UV laser systems and for long term service to the optics community.

                • JPoon[Image: Courtesy of Rodney Daw]

                  Joyce Kai See Poon

                  University of Toronto, Canada

                  Citation: For outstanding contributions to the research and development of silicon-based integrated optics including micro-resonators, electro-optic modulators, and integrated hybrid photonics.

                  • CMasoller

                    Cristina Masoller

                    Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain

                    Citation: For contributions in the area of nonlinear dynamics of optical systems.

                    • SAchilefu

                      Samuel Achilefu

                      Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL), USA

                      Citation: For pioneering the development of near infrared molecular imaging and image-guided surgical resection of cancer, and exceptional leadership and service to the biomedical optics community.

                      • RSoufli

                        Regina Soufli

                        Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA

                        Citation: For pioneering contributions to the development and characterization of extreme ultraviolet, X-ray and gamma-ray optics.

                        • PSaari

                          Peeter Saari

                          University of Tartu, Estonia

                          Citation: for pioneering contributions in the areas of non-diffracting localized waves, ultrafast optics and holography, and optical spectroscopy of low-temperature solids, including discovery of hot luminescence.

                          • MZghal

                            Mourad Zghal

                            University of Carthage, Tunisia

                            Citation: For outstanding research on novel photonic systems and devices, and for contributions to optics education in Africa.