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AIO 2018: Focus on Dr. Cheng Zhang, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), USA

Cheng Zhang is a CNST/UMD Postdoctoral Researcher in the Nanofabrication Research Group. He received a B.E. in Electrical Engineering from Shandong University, China in 2010, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in 2016.   

Added: 14 May 2018


Big Data in Cultural Heritage Imaging Incubator - Day 2

The second day of the OSA Incubator on Big Data in Cultural Heritage Imaging focused on an in-depth discussion on the sessions from the day before including: spectroscopic macro or rempote mapping modalities; large data set analysis tools; and micro imaging modalities. The group was also hosted by the National Gallery of Art for a tour of their lab! 

Added: 07 May 2018


Big Data in Cultural Heritage Imaging Incubator - Day 1

For the last 20 years, advanced Imaging techniques have been applied to the study of art objects revealing incredible novelties and helping conservators and art historians in their understanding of the composition and history of the objects. The OSA Incubator Big Data in Cultural Heritage Imaging provides participants the opportunity to discuss the state of the art in using imaging...

Added: 03 May 2018


An Insightful Experience at OSA Leadership

​Dr. Ivan P. Kaminow was a pioneer in the area of telecommunications and was passionate about mentoring early career professionals and the OSA Ivan P. Kaminow Early Career Professional Prize has been constituted in his memory. I remember waking up in the first week of January and seeing the email from OSA that announced the award, a truly fantastic start to the year for me! It is an incredible...

Added: 02 May 2018


AIO 2018: Focus on Dr. Stefano Bonora, INFM-CNR, Padova, Italy

Dr Bonora has developed a research line in the design, realization and application of deformable mirrors. During this activity he collaborated with many foreign and Italian institutes supplying them adaptive optics systems for ultrafast laser compression and shaping, for high power laser focusing and medical imaging.

Added: 30 Apr 2018


Advice from an Industry Professional: OSA Ambassador Interview Series

​Jelena Pesic, 2018 OSA Ambassador, conducts interviews with researchers in the field of industry. She asks a wide-range of questions regarding their inital interest in science, why they chose optics, to why industry is important. The second interview is with Matthias Gunkel, Senior Network Architect with Deutsche Telekom in Germany.

Added: 30 Apr 2018


Advice from an Industry Professional: OSA Ambassador Interview Series

Jelena Pesic, 2018 OSA Ambassador, conducts interviews with researchers in the field of industry. She asks a wide-range of questions regarding their inital interest in science, why they chose optics, to why industry is important. The first interview is with Andrew Lord (visiting professor at Essex University), Head of Optical Research in BT in the United Kingdom.  

Added: 20 Apr 2018


AIO 2018: Focus on Dr. Thomas Laurent, Eagleyard Photonics GmbH, Germany

Dr. Thomas Laurent graduated with a Diploma in Physical Chemistry. His first contact with laser diodes (literally) was when opening up a 5W Coherent Verdi Laser. Exactly that device ensured his PhD thesis researching ultrafast femtosecond processes – to which he was attracted ever since. He will be in Orlando talking about Qualifying Active Components for Space and LIDAR Applications.

Added: 17 Apr 2018


The New Era of Gravitational Wave Astrophysics

OSA’s Centennial Light the Future speaker series was created during The Optical Society’s Centennial in 2016 to highlight the optical sciences in our everyday lives. Speakers have included visionaries, futurists and Nobel Laureates. The series continues in 2018 lead by Professor Nergis Mavalvala, Curtis and Kathleen Marble Professor of Astrophysics, Massachusetts Institute of...

Added: 11 Apr 2018


Kurt Bernardo Wolf on Being Adaptable in the Pursuit of Science

In this installment of Senior Member Insights, we talk with Kurt Bernardo Wolf. Kurt is currently titular researcher in the Instituto de Ciencias Físicas, of the National University, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), at the Cuernavaca campus. Prior to the Instituto de Ciencias Físicas opening in 1985, he had worked at the Applied Mathematics institute in Mexico City, and lectured...

Added: 10 Apr 2018