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.

Don't forget to sign up for the upcoming 5G Webinar Series starting in June 2020 and the 5G Summit in October 2020!

Additionally, if you are attending the Imaging and Applied Optics Congress or Optical Sensors and Sensing Congressjoin our "Developing Profitable Product" session!

Check out the Career Calibrator - an exclusive professional development benefit for OSA members available 24/7.

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

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

Stay tuned for more details to come soon… 8+ years of research experience in coherent optical communications. 4+ year of industrial R&D experience in next generation optical transports.

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The Stage-Gate product development process

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.

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

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.

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Visible Light Communications for 5G-and-beyond

28 September 2020, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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.

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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.


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!