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Welcome New Members!

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

We value your membership
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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.

OSSC Merchandising

OSSC Members -
Please take a short survey regarding what OSSC logo-branded Merchandise you would like to see offered by our Society.

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Upcoming Events

Regular OSSC Meetings
Resume in October 2016


We would love your help keeping the OSSC running smoothly.  Whether it's helping at an event, improving the website or editing the newsletter, your support is most welcome.  If you think you might like to help, please contact OSSC's President Kenn Bates or one of the other members of the Board of Directors.

Professional Education

for more information contact:
Prof. Desiré Whitmore, Ph.D.

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

Education Planning Session
Recorded Tuesday, 8 December 2015
Click here to view
Optical Engineering & Optical Instrument Design
Fall courses begin in late September

These courses are part of the Certificate Programs in:
15% discount for OSSC Members on courses Required for a Certificate.
(Discount does NOT apply to Electives and Prerequisite Courses.)

Jennifer Mortensen
with confirmed registration
to receive discount code.

Next OSSC Meeting

5 October 2016
A Terrestrial Tour of Airborne Mapping Spectroscopy at JPL

6:00pm: Networking, social hour
7:00pm: Dinner ($35 for registration by 2 October
$40 after, $10 for full-time student members
$20 after 2 October
8:00pm: Presentation

St. Gregory Armenian Apostolic Church

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 Events

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Annual Mount Baldy Hike

2010 Mount Baldy Hike

Members of the OSSC and our sister organization the CVOSA (Ventura OSA) participated in our annual ritual of summiting Old Baldy (Mt. San Antonio 10,064') via the Devil's Backbone trail.

Ambitious hikers took the service road from the Ski Area parking lot to the Top Of The Notch Restaurant.  This was a 2.6 mile hike with an eleven hundred foot elevation gain.  Others opted to take the ski lift.

Mount Baldy

Last update:  27 September 2016