We would love for you to join our leadership team!
The Society depends on enthusiastic volunteers to manage meetings, the newsletter, outreach events, finances, membership data, and the website. For those who wish to run for elected office, nominations will be accepted at our May meeting. However, most members of the leadership team are not elected. They are dedicated volunteers willing to spend a few hours a month helping out. All are welcome!
If you would like to join the team, contact OSSC Vice President Kenn Bates and let him know.
Recent Outreach Events
17 April 2016
STEM & The Arts Career Showcase
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.
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.
2016 Fred Hansen
Memorial Golf Tournament
Sunday, 26 June 2016
Event registration and other details will be available soon.
If you have any questions or would like to participate, please contact the Golf Chair.
Help Sparky Meet Kids
We are raising funds to 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. You can learn more about "Sparky" on the new OptoBotics website and make a donation using the link below.
Next Meeting: 15 June
Annual Business Meeting, Election Results, Induction of New Fellows, and presentation on:
"Nonlinear Optics to the Rescue"
6pm: Social hour (cash bar)
7pm: Dinner ($40 if registered by June 10, $45 after, free for OSSC Student Members thru June 10, $15 after)
7:45pm: Business meeting, election results, induction of new Fellows, Presentation
11 May 2016
A Technical Overview of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT)
Senior Optomechanical Engineer, Thirty Meter Telescope
13 April 2016
Using optics and precision metrology in LIGO to measure Black Hole mergers from across the Universe
Thank you Alex Small & Martin Hagenbuechle for
generously sponsoring student attendance!
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.
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.