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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

Diverse Optics   FindLight

4D Technology   Guernsey Coating Labs

Micro Laser Systems   Mindrum Precision

Newport Thin Film Laboratory   Ohara Corporation

Optic Systems Group   OptoSigma

Photonics Media   PI Piezo Nano Positioning

Precision Optical   Raytheon - Elcan

Reynard Corporation   Ross Optical Logo

Schott Glass   Synopsis

Trioptics   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.

Election Results

Congratulations to our
New 2015-2016 Elected Officers!

Alex Small, President
Kenn Bates, Vice President
Matthew Samson, Secretary
Matt Kadowaki, Treasurer

Brian Monacelli, Councilor
Nicolaus Lambert, Councilor
Nicholas Croglio, Councilor

Runner-up Councilors Sean Wilson and Guillermoe Olarte
will be offered appointed positions.

Jack Latchinian will serve as Past President.

If you are interested in serving the OSSC Board of Directors, please contact President Alex Small.


UC Irvine Optical Engineering
On-Line Courses for this fall

Courses began 28 Sept. 2015
These courses are part of the Certificate Programs in:
Optical Engineering and Optical Instrument Design
OSSC Members receive a 15% discount on courses Required for a Certificate.

(Discount does NOT apply to Electives and Prerequisite Courses.)

Email Jennifer Spitzer with confirmed registration to receive a discount code.

Lasers & Photonics Open house occurred
For more information contact:  or  949-282-2706


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 and make a Donation to help.


Recent Meeting

17 June 2015

Annual Business Meeting
& Election Results
followed by a presentation on
An Evolvable Space Telescope For Future Astronomical Missions
Ron Polidan
Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems

June 2015 OSSC Meeting Announcement


New York Consortium Selected As Integrated Photonics Institute for Manufacturing Innovation

National Photonics Initiative

July 30, 2015: The OSSC and the National Photonics Initiative (NPI) congratulates SUNY Polytechnic Institute and other members of the New York consortium on their selection as the country’s first Integrated Photonics Institute for Manufacturing Innovation (IP-IMI). Proposed as part of President Obama’s National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI), the IP-IMI was established to bring government, industry and academia together to advance state-of-the-art photonics technology and better position the United States relative to global competition in this critical field.
SUNY Polytechnic Institute was joined by University of Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology and a regional cluster of photonics businesses to submit the proposal that was selected from among three finalists. The Department of Defense (DOD) has committed to investing $110 million in the IP-IMI. The other two finalists were University of Central Florida and University of Southern California... READ MORE.

Welcome New Members

Corporate Members
Robin Swain, Newport Corporation

Individual Members
Collin Adalian
David Bradley
Delfim S Dias
Justin Grayer
Cynthia J Harrig
Stan Klyza
Michelle Langland
Joseph Locher
Thom Peck
Michael Samson
Navid Sarmadnia
Greg Sharp
Rochelle Uhlenkott
Sean Wilson

We value your membership and appreciate your support

Last update:  6 August 2015