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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


Celebrating Women in Science

On 11 February 2020, the world celebrated the International Day of Women and Girls in Science – a day dedicated to inspiring girls and engaging women in all STEM fields. The OSA Foundation (OSAF) was honored to once again participate in these efforts by providing 14 grants to OSA Student Chapters in Argentina, Brazil, China, India, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Senegal, Spain, United Kingdom and...

Added: 08 Mar 2020


OSA Mourns the Loss of Katherine Johnson – a True Pioneer

The Optical Society (OSA) and the STEM community pay tribute to NASA mathematician, pioneer for racial and gender equality and “Hidden Figure”, Katherine G. Johnson who died on 24 February 2020.

Added: 02 Mar 2020


OSA Incubator on Flat Optics: Day 1 Reflections

The Optical Society Incubator on Flat Optics: Recent Advances and Future Opportunities is convening to explore the possibilities and roadmap how to take flat optics technology to mass market applications. Standing at the cusp of a potential explosion of flat optics applications in devices such as augmented reality/virtual reality (AR/VR) displays, ultralight cameras, and optical computers,...

Added: 27 Feb 2020


OIDA Industry Profile - Amplitude Laser

OSA Industry Development Associates (OIDA) member Amplitude Laser, France, is a leading manufacturer of ultrafast lasers for scientific, medical and industrial applications. Since its founding in 2001, Amplitude has grown to serve more than 40 countries worldwide, with locations in Europe, North America and Asia. The company describes itself as “the international leader in ultrafast...

Added: 17 Dec 2019


Building Stronger Connections as an OSA Intern

Throughout my semester-long internship with The Optical Society (OSA), I have enjoyed both growing my passion for S.T.E.A.M through interactions with various OSA programs and events, and learning more about the optics and photonics field.

Added: 05 Dec 2019


Celebrating International Volunteer Day and Wrapping up my Year as OSA President

On this International Volunteer Day, The Optical Society (OSA) graciously thanks all our volunteers who dedicate countless time and effort to advancing OSA’s mission. Volunteerism is invaluable to the Society and helps foster a strong global optics and photonics community. Furthermore, association with OSA leadership is a lifelong privilege, and as the 2019 OSA President, I look forward...

Added: 05 Dec 2019


Becoming an OSA council student representative

Nearly 10 years ago, I was offered the opportunity to represent all OSA student members and help shape the future of new OSA member programs. This dramatically changed my life and career perspective as I was directly influencing and endorsing new initiatives.

Added: 08 Nov 2019