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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 the 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, John Nunn
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
Five On-Line Courses for this summer

Courses begin 6 July 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
Friday 10 July, 5 - 7 pm
Saturday 18 July, 11 am - 1 pm

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


USC Professor Alan Willner Named New Steering Committee Chair of the National Photonics Initiative

National Photonics Initiative

June 11, 2015:  The National Photonics Initiative (NPI) welcomes its new Steering Committee Chair, Alan Willner, who has served on the committee since its inception.  Alan currently serves as the Steven and Kathryn Sample Chaired Professor of Engineering at the University of Southern California (USC) and is also the President-elect of the Optical Society (OSA)... Read More. . .

Welcome New Members

Corporate Members
Robin Swain, Newport Corporation

Individual Members
Nina Davoudzadeh
Michelle Digman
Jim Fisher
Justin Grayer
Michelle Hauer
Peter Jeffery
Stan Klyza
Joseph May
Thom Peck
Rick Ruotolo
Michael Samson
Greg Sharp
Rochelle Uhlenkott
Sean Wilson

We value your membership and appreciate your support

Recent Outreach Events

Recent Outreach Events

Last update:  1 July 2015