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The Optical Society (OSA)   SPIE

The Optics Institute   :The Photonics Society

National Photonics Initiative   International Year of Light 2015

Website Sponsors

AEH Optomechanical Engineering   Birdwell & Janke LLP

Cambridge Technology   Davidson Optronics

Daylight_Logo   Diverse Optics

   Guernsey Coating Labs

Micro Laser Systems      Mindrum Precision

Newport Thin Film Labs   Ohara Corporation

Optic Systems Group   OptoSigma

Photonics Media   PI

Precision Optical   Raytheon - Elcan

Reynard Corporation   Ross Optical Logo

Schott Glass   Supply Chain Optics


Welcome Members
Welcome New Members!

Individual and Corporate Members who
joined (or rejoined) in the last 60 days.

We value your membership
and appreciate your support!

Uniting the Southern California Optics Community


The Optical Society of Southern California was founded in 1951 to increase and disseminate the knowledge of optics and closely allied sciences and to promote the mutual interests of investigators, organizations, teachers and students in these fields.

The Society is a local section of the Optical Society of America and meets on the second Wednesday of each month from October through June.  Most of our meetings are open to the public.  Those interested in promoting our goals are urged to apply for either Individual or Corporate Memberships.

Professional Education

Open House - Learn about the programs
Thursday, July 28:  6 - 9 pm
Thursday, Aug 11:  6 - 9 pm
Saturday, Aug 13:  2 - 3 pm

Meet program professors, alumni and current students
Potential Careers:
  • Laser Systems Technology
  • Remote Sensing
  • Medical Equipment
  • Astronomy
  • Semiconductor Technology
  • and much more
for more information contact:
Prof. Desiré Whitmore, Ph.D.

Download Flyer Here
IVC Photonics is located at the:
ATEP campus in Tustin, CA

Election Results

Congratulations to the 2016-2017 OSSC Board of Directors!

President:  Kenn Bates
Vice President:  Brian Monacelli
Secretary:  Bo Wang
Treasurer:  Matt Kadowaki

Councilors:  Norma Adachi, Ottavia Golfetto and Desiré Whitmore

By-Laws Amendments
1) Allow elections by electronic or mail ballot:  Passed
2) New officers and councilors take office during the annual business meeting rather than after:  Not passed

Recent Networking Event

Sunday, 26 June 2016

2016 Fred Hansen
Memorial Golf Tournament

Extremely NON-competitive
Extraordinarily Enjoyable

Lets Golf

Thanks Corporate Member Precision Optical
for sponsoring the 1st hole!

If you have any questions, please contact the Golf Chair.

Recent Outreach Events

17 April 2016

STEM & The Arts Career Showcase

Vital Link invited middle school, high school and college students to attend the 2016 STEM & the Arts Career Showcase, a collaboration of corporate, education, and non-profit sponsors and exhibitors coming together to create an engaging and interactive career exploration experience emphasizing careers in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM), and the arts

The OSSC & OISC participated in this wonderful event again this year. Special thanks to Bo Wang for facilitating our participation.  Bo was nominated and elected to serve as a Board and Committee Member of Vital Link and is helping them with a number of events. A big part of this event was the miniMakeathon and the Drone Workshop.  Our friends at were a big part of the success of these activities.

New Corporate Member

The OSSC welcomes Daylight Solutions as a new Website Sponsor.

They are a growing business in San Diego who design, engineer, and manufacture molecular detection and high-powered imaging based in mid-infrared technology supporting defense, medical, and scientific platforms.

Job Fair
Aug 3rd
4pm – 7pm

Daylight continues to grow and have exciting positions to fill !!
Come meet the hiring managers at their facility.

Details Here

Recent Meetings

15 June 2016
Annual Business Meeting, Election Results, Induction of New Fellows,
and a presentation on:
"Nonlinear Optics to the Rescue"

11 May 2016
A Technical Overview of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT)
Virginia Ford,
Senior Optomechanical Engineer, Thirty Meter Telescope


First Detection of Gravitational
Waves Amazes the World

The SXS (Simulating eXtreme Spacetimes) Project

13 March 2016: The 11 February 2016 announcement of the first detection of gravitational waves by members of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) amazed the world.  The 13 April OSSC meeting featured a detailed presentation by Professor Josh Smith, of LIGO and CSUF, on LIGO's discovery and the optical technologies employed.

What’s next for the search?  To find out, Optics & Photonics News talked with LIGO Chief Scientist and OSA Fellow Stanley Whitcomb. Click here to view a transcript of that interview.

Northrop Grumman, USC Viterbi School of Engineering Establish Research Institute to Develop Advanced Optical Materials

LOS ANGELES – 28 April 2016:  Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) and the University of Southern California (USC) Viterbi School of Engineering have teamed up to establish a new home for advanced research in optical materials and nanophotonic devices.

The new organization – the Northrop Grumman Institute of Nanophotonics and Nanomaterials (NG-ION2) – will be based on the USC campus in Los Angeles.  It will bring together research teams from the university and the aerospace industry to explore the properties of tiny structures and materials that exist only at the atomic level.

Nanophotonics is the study of the behavior of light on the nanometer scale and of the interaction of nanometer-scale objects with light.  A nanometer is one billionth of a meter. A sheet of paper is about 100,000 nanometers thick.

“The collaboration between USC Viterbi and Northrop Grumman has a long, productive and impactful history,” said USC Viterbi Dean Yannis C. Yortsos.  “NG-ION2 will enhance our common ties and contribute significantly to the advancement of photonics, an area of historical strength at USC, and of critical importance to technological evolution.

Last update:  28 July 2016