The Optical Society Blog

Navigating a Mid-Career Online Job Search after COVID-19

After 10 years running a startup commercializing computational imaging technology at InView Technology Corporation, CEO Lenore McMackin closed the doors. In this blog article, Lenore answers the question of “what do I do now?” and provides insights learned from an OSA Industry Development Associates (OIDA) webinar, titled, "OIDA Webinar Series: Wading Through the...

Added: 18 May 2020


CLEO Concludes: A Global Conference Extends its Reach by Going Virtual

Last week, the 2020 CLEO Conference on Lasers and Electro-optics was held in a first-ever, all-virtual format. Co-sponsored by the American Physical Society, IEEE Photonics Society, and The Optical Society (OSA), and managed by OSA, the conference reached almost 20,000 registrants.

Added: 17 May 2020


The Commercialization of Quantum Technologies: CLEO20 Special Event

Industry leaders discussed the path forward with research and development in a panel discussion on the OIDA Roadmap on Quantum Photonics held Wednesday, 13 May during the all-virtual 2020 CLEO Technical Conference.

Added: 13 May 2020


The Future of Ultrafast Lasers in the U.S.: CLEO Special Event Panel Discussion

The Brightest Light Initiative and the future of intense ultrafast lasers in the U.S. was the focus of a special event held Tuesday, 12 May during the all-virtual CLEO Technical Conference. More than 1,000 participants across the globe joined the panel discussion.

Added: 12 May 2020


Taking the dive into the unknown after we’re PhDone!

I applaud OSA for providing a virtual platform for informative content such as Isaiah Hankel’s Cheeky Scientist webinar.  This content helps ensure that OSA members can thrive in the new normal by having access to the tools, skills and experience from worldwide experts and, more importantly, it helps us stay connected with our peers.

Added: 24 Apr 2020


OSA Mourns the Loss of Donald Kennedy

The Optical Society (OSA) and the entire scientific community pay tribute to Donald Kennedy, neurobiologist and eighth president of Stanford University.  

Added: 22 Apr 2020


COVID-19 Crisis Management for Photonics Businesses

All businesses face new and unexpected management challenges during this COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath. To help photonics-related businesses think through their strategy for managing issues such as customer care, supplies, staff, and finance, the OSA Industry Development Associates (OIDA) is hosting a series of webinars: Navigating your businesses out of the COVID-19 storm. 

Added: 16 Apr 2020


Getting involved with OSA

I have been a member of OSA since 2010, when I joined the University of Southampton student chapter council. As a council member, I had the opportunity to organise events to bring the local optics student community together as well as to speak to grade school students about the joy of optics as part of our outreach activities. Taking a leadership role and engaging with the community served to...

Added: 31 Mar 2020


OSA Industry Member Profile - M Squared

OSA Industry Development Associates (OIDA) member M Squared, U.K., is a leading developer of photonic and quantum technology. Founded in 2006, M Squared has grown to serve a wide range of applications, from space travel to healthcare to whiskey maturation. The company describes itself as “innovative and disruptive,” and is always looking for the next product or opportunity. OSA...

Added: 26 Mar 2020


OFC 2020 Embraces Two-Way, Remote Participation

After 18 months of planning the OFC 2020 program, we had to rethink how to deliver the program in the two weeks prior to the start of the conference. As the conference drew closer, it became apparent to all of us, the onsite participation at OFC 2020 would be significantly impacted by COVID-19.  

Added: 13 Mar 2020