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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 typically 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 invited to apply for either Individual or Corporate Membership.


Professional Education

Optical Engineering & Optical Instrument Design: Education Planning Session
Free Event: Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Three Spring On-Line Courses open for enrollment
Courses begin April 7, 2014

Geometric Optics  Donn M. Silberman, M.S.

Intro Lens Design  Joshua Jo, Ph.D.

Vyacheslav M. "Slava" Ryaboy, Ph.D

OSSC Members receive a 15% discount for these courses.

LET 215 - Fundamentals of Photonics
This course details the most important tools that are used when working with light, from lasers and other light sources to cameras and sensors.  Photonic devices are used in lecture demonstrations and laboratory experiments to show how light can be generated, manipulated, and captured.  Hardware is broken down to its constituent components--lasers are reduced to gain media, pump sources, and mirror cavities; cameras are dissected down to their bare chemistry.  Students will gain hands-on experience with industrial hardware and tools in the laboratory.
Course spans 16 weeks from  Jan 21 – May 22, 2014
Enrollment now closed.  Check the OSSC site for future courses.
Please contact Dr. Brian Monacelli for information.

Optics Outreach Events

2014 STEM & the Arts Career Showcase
Friday, April 11th - 9am to 3pm
Saturday, April 12th - 10am to 5pm
OC Fair & Event Center,
88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Attendees:  Orange County students
(middle school through college) and their families

Cost:  Free (Parking at the OC Fair & Event Center is $7.)

The OISC will be demonstrating the new OptoBotics® Rover along with many of its traditional hands-on optics exhibits.

Children and families of all ages are invited to enjoy free, hands-on art and science activities at UC Irvine’s Family Day at the Beall.  This event offers 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 is free and open to the public.

The OISCOSSC and UCI OSA/SPIE Students will join together again with hands-on Optricks demonstrations and presentations.

Dr. Brian Monacelli will lead the optics programs at this event.

The Beall Center for Art + Technology is located at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, UCI campus, Building 712 Arts Plaza. Admission is free and open to the public.

OSSC Outreach Event:
Mount Wilson Observatory Viewing Night

Join the OSSC for a night of viewing on the 60" telescope and a tour of
the 100" telescope at Mt. Wilson!

Date:  Friday, May 30, 2014
Time:  Meet at gate at 5:30pm, enter at 6:00pm
Agenda:  Tour the 100" telescope, Dinner:  (must bring your own!)
Viewing:  begins at sunset (around 8pm) and lasts until 1am
Cost:  $50/person.

Event currently full.  Please sign up for waiting list.

Contact Scott Rowe for more info
** space is limited to 25 **
Persons must be 12 years or older

Images Newsletter

The OSSC newsletter, Images, is published monthly from October through June.  Read about our next meeting and other events; discover more about our individual and corporate members; and learn about the history of the OSSC!

Click on the Focal Point logo below to visit the OSA's News from Local Sections and Student Chapters.

OSA Focal Point

Speakers Bureau

The OSSC has formed a Speakers Bureau, to create a roster of individuals interested in giving talks for student chapters, OSSC meetings, and similar events.  If you have something interesting to share with our local optics community, especially career-related topics of interest to students, please fill out the volunteer form (link below).
For more information, contact:
2013-2014 Vice President Jack Latchinian

Download Volunteer Form

Job Announcements

Several more jobs have been posted recently to the OSSC jobs board.  Some posts contain multiple positions.

Contact Joanna Laznicka, OSSC Communications Chair to submit Employment Opportunities.
Members may post after logging in.

See the latest Salary Survey for Jobs in the
Optics & Photonics Industries

New OSSC Members

New Individual Members

Jaime Aguirre
Arshak Avanesyan
Daniel Catropa
Greg Downing
Eric Hanson
Justine Ho
David Johannsen
Daniel LeSher
David Lew
Christopher Macias
Julia Majors
Ronald Moore
Diane Phung
Rod Randolph
Byron Seabolt
David Thomas
Viswa Velur
Chung Wong

Michael Alderete
Yoseph Bar-Cohen
Franz Delima
Scott Foes
Seth Hilliard
Paul Hudson
Andrey Knyazik
Drew Lesperance
Oliver Lopez
Srinivas Madishetty
James Millerd
Adam Phenis
Ronald Polidan
Reed Riddle
H. Philip Stahl
Nivedan Tiwari
Abhijit Wadhavkar
New Corporate Members
William Birdwell, Law Office of William A Birdwell
Daniel Denison, OptoSigma
Stephanie Fix, UC Irvine Extension
Kevin Liddane, Berliner Glas Group
Ever Mata, Newport Thin Film Laboratory
Jordan Neysmith,
Kenneth Romo, Cascade Optical
Ron Sherwood, Novus Light Technologies Today

OSSC Members can learn more about these folks by visiting the on-line OSSC Membership Directory
We value your membership and
appreciate your support!

Upcoming OSSC Meeting:
May 14, 2014 Joint meeting with the Conejo-Ventura OSA Chapter

Adventures in Optics
Stephen Fantone, Optikos, and former Treasurer, OSA

Stephen Fantone headshot
Optikos Company Logo
Venue: Monterey Clubhouse at the Encino Golf Course

6:00pm: Networking and Social Hour
7:00pm: Dinner
($35 for registration by May 7, $40 after, OSSC student members free if registered by May 7, otherwise $10)
8:00pm: Presentation

Recent OSSC Meeting:
April 9, 2014 at Cal Poly Pomona

Panel Discussion on Careers in Optics with Speakers:
Valentina Doushkina (N2 Imaging),
Nick Lambert (Precision Optical),
Paige Lawson (LightWorks) and
Don Pearson (Davidson Optronics)
Moderated by Scott Rowe

followed by a presentation on
Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA):  Overview and First Science Results

Dr. Eric Becklin,
Chief Scientific Advisor, USRA SOFIA and
Professor Emeritus, UCLA Department of Physics and Astronomy

Recent OSSC Meeting:
March 12, 2014

Robo-AO: The First Autonomous Laser Guide Star Adaptive Optics Instrument
Dr. Reed Riddle, Caltech Optical Observatories

Recent OSSC Meeting:
February 12, 2014

Dynamic Interferometry
Dr. James Millerd,
4D Technology Corporation

New Book

Rod Waters announced his brand-new book "Maiman's Invention of the Laser: How Science Fiction Became Reality" at the last OSSC meeting on 1/8/2014. On his website you'll find extracts and testimonials. The book is available directly from his website or - alternatively - from Amazon as Paperback or Kindle eBook.

National Academies'
Optics and Photonics Study

Download this significant document:
Optics and Photonics

Essential Technologies for Our Nation

from the Committee on Harnessing Light:
Capitalizing on Optical Science Trends and Challenges for Future Research
National Materials and Manufacturing Board
Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences
of the

Provided by: Dr. Alan Willner, USC 213/740-4664

Recent Outreach Events

was at PETCO Park   Saturday, March 22nd.

The UC Irvine OSA SPIE Student Chapter along with the OISC & OSSC shared a booth at this event.

Click here to see photos.

OptoBotics® is licensed to the OISC for use in its educational programs.
The OISC is proud to be a Project of Community Partners a 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation in the State of California
Most Recent Update:  April 5, 2014

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