Member Programs

Join 432,000 other accomplished scientists, engineers, students, entrepreneurs and business leaders that make Optica their home.

Optica member programs provide you with opportunities to advance your scientific ambitions, expand your professional network and influence the future of optics and photonics worldwide. From cutting edge technical courses to professional development workshops for students through emeritus, membership has something for you at every step of your career. Join your business colleagues at Optica industry events and access quality information, unparalleled professional networking, and unique opportunities to grow your business.

Connect with colleagues and thought leaders while forging new collaborative partnerships. Optica structures meetings with live and on-demand technical content to accommodate your schedule.

5G Summit and Webinar Series 

Examine key critical 5G and beyond technologies that are becoming core business features.

Mid-Managers Summit
The is a professional development program designed for those in middle management positions.
Early Career Professionals 
The Society offers a variety of programs and resources for our Early Career Professional members.
Education Outreach
Check out our optical experiments to bring educational 
entertainment to the family while teaching them some physics!
Engineer Programs 
The Society connects you to a world of engineering research and a wealth of information at your fingertips. 
Executive Forum
The premier annual event for leaders in optical networking and communications
Industry Workshops
A unique opportunity for speakers and the audience to strengthen collaborations across the ecosystem and build a more effective business.
Sponsored Webinars 

Reach your target market and generate new business leads.

Student Programs
Get access to career building networking opportunities, industry defining conferences and events, and to cutting edge research.
Technology Showcases
Looking for new products for your organization and information about the latest technology? Get an in-depth look as Optica corporate members present and explain their cutting-edge technologies. 
Managing (and Leading) a Project Team

9 November 2021, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Principles for more effective technical leadership. As we scientists and engineers advance in our careers, many of us move on to roles where we manage a project, a team, or even an entire business unit. To be effective, we find we must learn many new skills that were not part of our technical training. Effective leaders often find that some habits and patterns of thinking they developed during their technical training don’t work so well when leading a group to achieve challenging goals. We also find that understanding how to manage a team is not the same as ‘leading’ a team to accomplish great things. In this webinar we will review some important principles that address some of the toughest questions that technical managers face: What’s most important for keeping a project on schedule? How do good leaders make hard decisions? What do you do when there’s no good answer? Is the maxim ‘Ask for forgiveness, not permission’ actually good advice? If you are a manager, or if you aspire to become one, this webinar will give you insight that will help you be more effective.

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Mobile optical pluggables (MOPA) – solutions, technologies and standardization of optics for 5G

11 November 2021, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

This talk will outline the recent work by 5 leading companies (Ericsson, Nokia, Sumitomo, Lumentum, II-VI) in the initiative called mobile optical pluggables (MOPA). The MOPA initiative has produced a 55-page technical paper outlining all relevant optical solutions for 5G networks. These solutions, called optical blueprints, cover all parts of the 5G network: the low-layer split (aka fronthual), high-layer split, and backhaul, for all relevant distances (2-80 km), and technologies (grey optics, WDM optics, packet multiplexing, PON). Finally, an outlook into future needs and technologies will be made.

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Understanding Ethics in Publishing

2 December 2021, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

The pressures for scientists to publish large numbers of papers in high-impact journals has led to growing concerns about the reliability and accuracy of the scientific literature. Prof. Burns will provide insight on the ethical obligations of all participants in the publishing process, summarizing some of the types of misconduct encountered by journal editors, as well as how these are dealt with to ensure the reliability of the scientific record. Dr. Taylor and Ms. Cohen will share some case studies for participants to discuss in breakout groups.

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How to become a Senior Member

7 December 2021, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Join us for this informational session on the qualifications to become a Senior Member. Learn about the application process, reference letters, personal statements and more. Nominate yourself or a colleague today!

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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.

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.

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!

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!

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