Career Calibrator Training Platform

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The Optical Society (OSA) and the OSA Foundation (OSAF) have partnered with Cheeky Scientist to launch the Career Calibrator, a new career training platform with world-class resources to support your professional development goals.

This members-only benefit provides exclusive access to:

  •  PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT content for students and professionals who are job searching or looking to transition from academia to industry.
  • GUIDANCE on building a career transition plan, improving your resume/cv, interview skills and online presence.
  • GENERAL RESOURCES for building transferrable skills, conducting salary negotiations, navigating immigration laws and more.

Click here to access the Career Calibrator. You will be required to login to access this members-only benefit.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!