A Special Thank You to Alexander "Sandy" Sawchuk, University of Southern California, USA
We extend our gratitude from the society to Sandy Sawchuk who has served the OSA Foundation Board as a volunteer since 2009 and as Chair since 2015. During this time, the portfolio of programs that help students and early career professionals has grown with several noteworthy ones: the OSA Ambassadors, Siegman International School on Lasers, Innovation School and Subsea Optical Fiber Communication School. A long-time donor and volunteer for the foundation and several other OSA divisions, he has set a model example of support and stewardship. His term as Chair ended in 2020, and he will now serve as Past Chair to support 2017 President Eric Mazur, Harvard University, USA, who will take on the role from 2021 through 2023.
"I've donated to the OSA Foundation and volunteered my time for many years because I want to help our next generation start their careers and be successful. The foundation's programs make that possible." – Sandy Sawchuk, University of Southern California, USA