OSA Career Lab

The OSA Career Lab provides professional development opportunities and technical training for promising leaders in optics and photonics community from the Optical Society. The Career Lab is the premier destination for training ranging from soft skills development to cutting edge technical training for our members. Participants have an exclusive opportunity to hear insider perspectives in small and large group settings (both in-person and virtually), while participating in skills development, continuing education and networking.

Check out the exclusive member only On-Demand webinars below as well as the Career Calibrator - an exclusive professional development benefit for OSA members available 24/7.

Mastering Impromptu Speaking

29 September 2020, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Some of our most critical speaking situations happen when we are unprepared. The way in which we speak off the cuff is partly how our leadership skills will be measured. Impromptu speaking is a skill which we can build with practice and feedback. In this interactive training, you will learn a strategic framework for speaking clearly and concisely with no advanced preparation. You will receive instructor feedback by volunteering to answer questions using the strategic framework you just learned. You will retain the strategies by role-playing difficult and impromptu questions among peers in a breakout group. You will leave the session with more confidence and more tools to speak up in your most important professional settings.

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Free Space Optical Wireless Communications: Fundamentals and Potential Applications with a vision for 5G and Beyond

12 November 2020, 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

This course will provide fundamentals of Optical Wireless Communications with special emphasis on technologies and techniques including systems design and performance analysis in achieving high bandwidth, much higher than that exists today by RF communications. The course will address the OWC systems basic block diagrams discussing the systems components and subsystems design issues in order to address a number of challenges such as atmospheric turbulence, mobility and security Various options relevant to future optical wireless communication terminals incorporating indoor, terrestrial, aerial and space and underwater OWC will also be discussed briefly. The course will also cover Optical wireless communication with recent Visible Light Communications (VLC) technology, offering alternative solution to replace Wi-Fi with Li-Fi (light fidelity). The course will explain technology for incorporating with the emerging 5G, the new frontier of mobile technology, Internet of Things (IoT) and other future applications. The course will finally address future mobile and wireless technologies to even extend the vision of 5G to more ambitious future application scenarios. Several topics will be covered in this course and the detailed course content for each topic is described below: •A brief history of Optical Wireless Communication (OWC) and today’s Optical Communication. Development of LASER, Optical Fiber and Semiconductor. Indoor wireless optical communication. •Introduction to OWC. •Types and various Multiple Access schemes. • Classification and Application of Optical Wireless Communications •Optical Wireless Communication Theory. •Devices, Components and subsystems. •Atmospheric effects and Mitigation techniques applicable to OWC Systems. •Optical Wireless Communication Systems. •Modulation, Detection, and Coding Techniques for OWC. •OWC System Performance. •Visible Light-based Optical Wireless Communications. •Optical Wireless Communications Applications. •OWC for Global Internet Connectivity. •Underwater Optical Wireless Communications. •Some Advanced Areas in OWC Development. •Secure Optical Wireless Communications. •Special Current Topic: 5G Mobile and Optical Wireless Communications Technology. •Conclusions and Next Future Trend in OWC, Potential Directions and the possibilities.

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Immersive Optical Engineering Systems

18 November 2020, 12:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Join us for two exciting courses in one live training from industry leaders! The first course will feature Robert Norwood: "From Optics & Photonics Innovation to the Marketplace." This course covers the process of technology development in the photonics industry from the perspectives of both formal processes and case studies. Key aspects of the commercialization process, including intellectual property, new product development processes, technical marketing and team building, are treated in an interactive program informed by the instructor’s 15 years of industry experience in both large corporate research and development organizations and entrepreneurial startups. This course will emphasize the optical engineer’s role in a product development environment. The course will run from 12:00 to 15:00. The second course will be "Optical Systems Engineering" taught by Keith Kasunic. Optical Systems Engineering emphasizes first-order, system-level estimates of optical performance. Building on the basic principles of optical design, this course uses various examples to illustrate the systems-engineering processes of requirements analysis, feasibility and trade studies, requirements flowdown and allocation, error budgets, and component specifications. Topics covered will include an introduction to systems engineering, geometrical optics, image quality, radiometry, detectors and FPAs, optomechanics, and the integration of these topics for developing a complete optical system. This course will run from 16:00 to 18:30.

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Visible Light Communications for 5G-and-beyond

28 September 2020, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Future wireless networks have to deal with a high degree of heterogeneity in terms of device classes, deployment environments, and mobility levels. Coexisting wireless technologies is an encouraging approach to revolutionize future networks. The radio-frequency (RF) based WiFi access points have been already considered to enable indoor traffic off-loading from LTE-cells. In addition to RF, optical wireless technologies such as visible light communications (VLC) open up a new opportunity. VLC is an emerging technology that uses, for example, the existing indoor lighting infrastructure to offer data transmission combined with high-quality illumination. The technology has the potential to add capacity and to be an attractive complementary to off-load data from existing RF networks. In this webinar, we focus on describing the potential of VLC, highlighting different research challenges, and articulating classical as well as machine learning-based approaches to deal with these challenges.


Demystifying the Publishing Process

On Demand

12 August 2020, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Join OSA editors-in-chief, Miguel Alonso (Optics Letters) and Kurt Busch (Journal of the Optical Society of America B), for a comprehensive overview of the OSA publication process. Learn how to prepare your manuscript for submission and how to navigate the peer review process, as well as tips for responding to reviewers and guidelines for ethical authorship. While this session will focus on OSA journals and may be particularly relevant for new authors, the skills and information are widely applicable and will be of interest to researchers at all stages of their careers.


Enabling Technologies for Optical Transport and Access Networks in the 5G Era

On Demand

4 August 2020, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Optical networks are supporting a wide range of communication services including residential services, enterprise services, and mobile services. The 5th-generation (5G) wireless brings to optical networking new requirements such as high bandwidth, low latency, accurate synchronization, and the ability to perform network slicing and autonomous operation etc. All these requirements are being addressed by the so-called 5G-oriented optical networks. This OSA webinar aims to highlight the dramatic technological advances in optical transport and access networks over the last few years and provide new perspectives on what to expect in the 5G era.


The Stage-Gate product development process

On Demand

23 July 2020, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Developing successful technology products is so much easier with the right systems in place. The most important development system is a solid Product Development Process (PDP), which if done correctly, will improve both continuity and good communication in the development team while retaining the flexibility and innovation that are required for a competitive industry. We will review the widely used Stage-Gate Process, and provide a template that will enable you to implement it quickly at your company.


High capacity and intelligent optical transmission and networking for 5G/B5G

On Demand

13 July 2020, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

This webinar will introduce the recent progress and future trend of optical transmission and networking technologies to support the deployment of 5G and B5G. Advanced design of coherent optical transmission systems and AI-driven elastic optical networks will be discussed. Application of coherent technology for 5G fronthaul will also be described. 8+ years of research experience in coherent optical communications. 4+ year of industrial R&D experience in next generation optical transports.


Passive Optical Network for 5G Fronthaul

On Demand

2 June 2020, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

This webinar will first introduce the passive optical network (PON) technologies and the latest standards effort. It will focus on the PON applications as 5G fronthaul transport network. Bandwidth and latency are analyzed as the two key requirements of 5G fronthaul. Various mappings between 5G network CU/DU/RU to PON are discussed to meet the requirements. Recent industry test and trial results will be reported.


Advancing Mid-Managers Summit: Executive Presence

On Demand

20 May 2020, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

How does your executive presence show up when you interact with your colleagues and leadership? If you already have a strong sense of presence, how do you sharpen those skills? Whether you’re leading important team meetings or presenting yourself as a candidate for a senior leadership role, your confidence and passion speak just as loudly as your words. In this interactive session, we will demystify the concept of executive presence and break it down into concrete skills that you can apply in real-life situations. You’ll leave the session with practical, immediately applicable strategies for speaking with confidence and presence in front of employees, colleagues and senior leadership.


Neurophotonics: reading and writing neuronal activity at the relevant spatiotemporal scales

On Demand

9 April 2020, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Dr. Valentina Emiliani will review the most significant breakthroughs of the past years, which enable reading and writing neuronal activity at the relevant spatiotemporal scale for brain circuits manipulation, with particular emphasis on the most recent advances in circuit optogenetics.


Mueller Polarimetry of Structured and Random Media: from Metrology to Biomedicine

On Demand

7 April 2020, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

The basics of optical polarization and Mueller polarimetry as well as the review of physical phenomena of interaction of polarized light with different complex media (layered, periodical, scattering, anisotropic and absorbing) will be introduced first. Then it will be demonstrated that theoretical and experimental studies of interaction of polarized light with matter provide a lot of valuable information about the macroscopic and microscopic properties of object under study, including its diattenuation, birefringence, depolarization, scattering and absorption properties, surface topography, etc. This information can be used in numerous applications, from optical metrology to cancer detection and staging. The basic advantages of optical polarimetric techniques consist in being relatively low-cost, fast, non-contact and non-destructive, thus allowing in-situ and real-time measurements in many applications.


The Rise of Freeform Surfaces in the Design of Optical Systems

6 April 2020, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Freeform optics has set a new path for optical system design across a wide range of applications spanning from microscopy to space optics, including the billion $ consumer market of near-eye displays for augmented reality that set us on this technology path in the first place. Today, freeform optics have been demonstrated to yield compact, achromatic, and high-performance imaging systems that are poised to enable the science of tomorrow. In this webinar, we will briefly introduce freeform optics and highlight emerging design methods. We will then present success stories and highlight active research in digital viewfinder, imager, and spectrometer designs that we anticipate will stimulate cooperation towards accelerating gain in enabling knowledge in freeform optics.


Webinar: Developing Profitable Technology Products

On Demand

26 February 2020, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Developing products that make money is the primary goal of most technology companies, but it’s not an easy task to accomplish. Many factors impact whether a product is ultimately successful or not. Learn an overview of the important fundamentals for developing products that will make money for your company.


Integrated Metasurface for High Throughout All-Optical Data Processing

20 February 2020, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Tingyi Gu’s research focuses on integrated photonic devices, developing optical components with new materials for optical communication and sensing applications. She investigates the physics of silicon and chalcogenide-based hybrid nanophotonic devices, and characterizes their potential for large-scale integration, high speed on-chip signal processing and sensing applications. Her work studies nonconventional photonic and electronic properties of nanostructured materials built by different integration techniques and aims to achieve a good understanding of the nanostructured materials photonic functionalities and build a scalable integrated photonic system.


Using non-linear optics to shine light on aerospace engineering challenges

On Demand

19 February 2020, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Sir Horace Lamb famously said that “I am an old man now, and when I die and go to heaven, there are two matters on which I hope for enlightenment. One is quantum electrodynamics and the other is the turbulent motion of fluids. About the former, I am really rather optimistic.” Although nowadays we can travel in less than a day’s time from Perth, Australia to London, UK, and from Newark, USA to Singapore, there are still many open scientific questions in the aerospace engineering realm, especially when it comes to supersonic and hypersonic flight. Mastering hypersonic wind tunnels is one key component of the research involved but advanced, accurate and non-perturbative diagnostics is another key part. In this talk I will discuss laser diagnostic efforts developed to tackle the latter, by concentrating on the research efforts of our group in this field by utilizing Coherent Rayleigh-Brillouin scattering (CRBS).


How to control infrared light with phonon polaritons: a tutorial

On Demand

18 February 2020, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Phonon polaritons (PhPs) emerge from the strong interaction between infrared (IR) photons within a spectral band and the atomic lattice vibrations (phonons) in ionic or ionic-like materials. In the vicinity of phonon polaritons extraordinary photonic responses are available; high-permittivity, near-zero permittivity (ENZ) as well as plasmonic-like properties are possible. This webinar tutorial will take the attendee from the basics of PhP photonic responses to current advanced PhP paradigms and metamaterials reporting on extreme IR light control. These platforms unleash new capabilities to harness IR light impacting a range of modern applications and gave rise to the emerging and growing field known as phonon polaritonics.


The journey to higher precision freeform optics

On Demand

18 February 2020, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Freeform optical surfaces have been offering optical designers and system integrators the ability to design lighter weight, off-axis and more compact systems for over three decades. Manufacturing innovations are gradually increasing the availability of precision freeform optics. This talk will overview examples of challenges and successes that have been encountered in the manufacturing, testing, and aligning of freeforms, highlighting the importance of partnership between optical designers, fabricators and system integrators in the process


Optical Biopsy with Gabor Domain Optical Coherence Microscopy

On Demand

17 February 2020, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Breaking the cellular resolution limit of optical coherence tomography, Gabor-domain optical coherence microscopy achieves an isotropic 2-micron resolution in 3D, opening the path towards optical biopsy.


Enhancing Wireless Communications with Photonics

On Demand

17 February 2020, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

With the increase in demand for bandwidth, the current wireless communication networks are reaching a bottleneck. Microwave photonics (MWP), which combines the advantages of microwave electronics and photonics thus enabling larger bandwidths and increased flexibility has the potential to release this bottleneck. In this webinar, I will introduce the world of MWP and will highlight how it can be a driving force for next-generation communications. I will then outline our recent efforts to solve some of the current challenges using on-chip photonic devices


Vision- and Sensor-based Human Activity Recognition

On Demand

17 February 2020, 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Globally, research activities on healthcare, elderly support, smart homes, activity of daily living (ADL) are progressing rapidly due to the advent of IoT sensor-based systems and devices. There is a huge progress recently on vision-based activity and gait analysis – because of the availability of GPUs and the intense involvement of deep learning-based methodologies. However, the challenges are complex and diversified, and hence, the progress in these domains are still constrained by a number of genuine challenges. In this webinar, these scopes and challenges will be summarized and some way outs will be outlined.


Webinar: Genuine Networking

On Demand

13 November 2019, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Effective networking is based on making genuine connections with people around common interests, not pretending to be interested in a person because you hope their company is hiring. Learn how effective professional relationships are built through a 6-step process!


Webinar: Designing Your Own Career Path in the Private Sector

On Demand

22 October 2019, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Planning a private sector career can seem daunting. Learn how to build an exciting career that works for you! Looking to leave Academia, Non-Profit or Government work and jump into Industry? Join us for this engaging webinar to learn the skills to do just that!