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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   Cambridge Technology

Davidson Optronics   Diverse Optics

4D Technology   Guernsey Coating Labs

Micro Laser Systems   Mindrum Precision

Newport Thin Film Laboratory   Ohara Corporation

Optic Systems Group   OptoSigma

Photonics Media   Precision Optical

Raytheon - Elcan   Reynard Corporation

Ross Optical Logo   Schott Glass

Synopsis   William A Birdwell- Intellectual Property Lawyer

Uniting the Southern California Optics Community


The Optical Society of Southern California is a local section of The Optical Society (OSA) founded in 1951 to increase and disseminate knowledge of optics and allied sciences.  The Society meets monthly from October through June and also organizes regular family-friendly outreach events.  Most of our meetings and events are open to the public. Please join us and bring your friends.

Those who support our goals are invited to apply for either Individual or Corporate Membership.

Recent Outreach Events

October 24, 2015, 11:00am - 4:00pm
Beall Center 712 Arts Plaza

The OSSC, OISC, IVC Photonics and UCI Photonics once again participated at this event with many optics, OpTricks and OptoBotics Hands-On displays, presentations and activities for the attendees.

Children and families of all ages enjoyed free, hands-on art and science activities at UC Irvine’s Family Day at the Beall.  The event offered a “kid-friendly” introduction to new media art relating to the Beall Center’s current exhibit, as well as presentations, hands-on activities, and more.  Admission was free and open to the public.
For PAST Family Day Info and activities CLICK HERE

Lasers4Ladies at USC

The University of Southern California hosted a free public event “Lasers 4 Ladies” Day as part of the global International Year of Light celebration.

Saturday, 10 October, 2015
9:30 AM to 4:00 PM
University of Southern California

The event focused on showing and demonstrating - not just telling - why we love optics and photonics to middle and high school girls (5th - 12th grade).  Hands-on activities on virtual reality, lasers, solar cells and optical fiber were provided by USC students and faculty as well as visitors from several Southern California technology companies and museums.

This event was sponsored and organized by
the University of Southern California.


Help Sparky meet lots of kids

At our May OSSC Meeting it was announced that we are raising funds to help secure the donation of "Sparky" the robot to our outreach partners at Vital Link of Orange County.  They provide Career Exploration programs to local schools.  For the last year they have included our "What is Light?" hands-on exhibit.

You can learn more about "Sparky" on the new OptoBotics website.


Welcome New Members

Individual Members
Farhad Akhavan
David Bradley
Christopher Chinhong
Cynthia Harrig
Felicitas Hernandez
Dennis Jones
Michelle Langland
Joseph Locher
Michael Look
Todd Ohaks
Kushagra Pundeer
Ronald Rittenberger
Yunmiao Wang
Joshua Weldon

We value your membership and appreciate your support

Upcoming OSSC Meeting

9 December 2015
Dr. Milton Chang,
Managing Partner, iNCUBiC
"Starting a Business in the Current Environment"
OSSC Corporate Members
Appreciation Event

OSSC Corporate Members are encouraged to sign up for exhibit space!

6pm: Networking, Social Hour
& Corporate Members' Displays

7pm: Dinner ($35 for registration by 6 December
$40 after, OSSC Student Members free before
6 December, $15 after)


Recent OSSC Meeting

11 November 2015
A Technical Overview of the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT)
Andrew Rakich,
Senior Optical Engineer, Giant Magellan Telescope

Venue: St. Gregory Armenian Apostolic Church
2215 East Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, California

Last update:  24 November 2015