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Uniting the Southern California Optics Community


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

Three On-Line courses are now Open for Enrollment.
Courses begin July 7, 2014

Physical Optics  Donn Silberman, M.S
Advanced Lens Design   Jon Herlocker, Ph. D.
Optical Instrument Design  Scott Rowe, P.E.

These courses are part of the Certificate Programs in:
Optical Engineering and Optical Instrument Design

OSSC Members receive a 15% discount for these courses.

New OSSC Fellows

Congratulations to our two newest OSSC Fellows:

Inducted on June 18, 2014 for outstanding contributions to the Optics Industry and the Southern California Optics Community.

Member Directory

A digital copy of OSSC's 2013-2014 Membership Directory
(including a listing of Corporate Members)
is available for download to all current OSSC Members.

The Directory is in the Member's Only Folder:

Members must log-in to view and download the file.

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.

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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 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

Thomas Benson
Stephen Fantone
Brian Hagerty
Friedrich Kunzler
Nicolaus Lambert
Adam Loukeh
Patrick Murphy
Reed Riddle
Scott Strutner
John Taylor
Dennis Urbon
John van Doorn
David Vega
Ardit Velia
Ted Yoo

New Corporate Members

Eric Strating, Rochester Precision Optics
Robert Mendenhall, Guernsey Coating Laboratories
Alan Lambert, Precision Optical
Eric Strating, Rochester Precision Optics
Eric Becklin, SOFIA Science Center

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

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

Annual Mt. Baldy Hike

You are invited to join a group of OSSC hikers and friends on the annual ritual of summitting Mt. Baldy
(aka Mt. San Antonio 10,064')!

  • Date: Saturday, July 26th 2014
  • Start time: about 8:30am
  • Start Location: Top of the Ski Lift to Baldy Notch Ski Lift
  • Difficulty: Strenuous - while this trail is considered the most moderate to the top, it certainly is not considered easy due to elevation gain and altitude
  • Deal: TravelZoo has unlimited breakfast at the Baldy Notch restaurant w/Lift Ride for $19!!!

No Questions and eager to go?
Send us a short note anyway to let us know that you are coming.

New Officers


Congratulations to our newly elected officers
who will serve the OSSC until June, 2015:

Jack Latchinian (President)
Dr. Alex Small (Vice President)
Harvey Spencer (Secretary)
Matt Kadowaki (Treasurer)
Matt Samson (Councilor)
Rachel Ulanch (Councilor)
Bo Wang (Councilor)

We had a slate of outstanding candidates for Councilor.
Those not elected as Councilor will be invited to serve the OSSC in appointed positions.

The amendment to the by-laws also passed:
Members now must pay their annual dues by June 30 to remain in good standing.

If you haven't already done so,
please renew your OSSC Membership today.

Next OSSC Meeting

 Our next regular meeting will be in October.
The OSSC will take a break from meeting during the summer while we Zoom In on next year's events.

If you are interested in serving on the board, please contact:
Jack Latchinian
OSSC President, 2014-2015

Recent OSSC Meeting:
June 18, 2014 at Luminarias

Annual Business Meeting,
Induction of Two OSSC Fellows

and a Presentation on
Optics Education and Outreach Programs in Southern California
Presenters:  Donn Silberman, Nicolaus Lambert, Julia Majors and Bo Wang

Recent 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
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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 Outreach Events

Mount Wilson Observatory
Viewing Night
OSSC members and guests had an amazing night
of viewing on the 60" telescope and a tour of
the 100" telescope at Mt. Wilson

Friday, May 30, 2014

2014 STEM & the Arts
Career Showcase
was held Friday, April 11th & Saturday, April 12th
at the OC Fair & Event Center,

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

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

Children and families of all ages enjoyed free, hands-on art and science activities at UC Irvine’s Family Day at the Beall.  This 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.

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

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

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 Open Projects and Apps a 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation in the State of California
Most Recent Update:  July 17th, 2014

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