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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 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 urged to apply for either Individual or Corporate Memberships.

Images Newsletter

The November 2016 OSSC Newsletter
is now available for download:

Current Issue 

OSSC Merchandising

- OSSC Members -
Please take a short survey regarding what OSSC logo-branded Merchandise you would like to see offered by our Society.


Outreach Events

Fall Workshops by STEMbility @
UC Irvine - The Cove

STEMbility is a group of Orange County college students with OSSC Fellow Donn Silberman as their Board President.  

We are offering Drone, Home Automation and Augmented Reality (Coming very soon) workshops from October to December at The Cove in Irvine.  Our 5 hour (1 hour of Lunch and Network) long workshops are meticulously designed to expose you to the latest technology trends of 2016 and require absolutely NO EXPERIENCE.

Our standard workshops are for High School, College and beyond.

Are you interested in learning how to build a drone, create an augmented reality application or control your home from your smart phone?

STEMbility is also providing similar workshops to high school students, coordinating with our friends at Vital Link OC at Irvine Valley College's Advanced Technology & Education Park (ATEP).
STEMbility recently visited the UCI Beckman Laser Institute & Medical Clinic.  (some details here)  and a video clip here.

Professional Education

for more information contact:
Prof. Desiré Whitmore, Ph.D.

Download Flyer Here
IVC Photonics is located at the:
ATEP campus in Tustin, CA

Optical Engineering & Optical Instrument Design

These courses are part of the Certificate Programs in:
15% discount for OSSC Members on courses
Required for a Certificate.
(Discount does NOT apply to Electives and Prerequisite Courses.)

Jennifer Mortensen
with confirmed registration
to receive discount code.

Next OSSC Meeting

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Corporate Member Appreciation Event
Featuring Exhibits by OSSC Corporate Members
and a presentation on
“IODC Lens Design Competitions from the last 25 years”
Cimarron Optical Consulting, Inc.

6:00:  Reception
7:00:  Dinner
8:00:  Talk

Dinner cost: $35 for registration by 8 December, $40 after
OSSC Student Members: $10 through 6 December, $20 after

Next Ventura OSA
(CVOSA) Meeting

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

X-ray Diffraction In The Materials Science Toolbox
X-ray Diffraction

Erin Young, PhD
Solid State Lighting & Energy Center
UC Santa Barbara

6:00pm Mixing and Stand-Up Dinner
7:00pm Speaker
$25 donation on site for food, insurance & venue.
If you need a no-food, student, old age or other discount - please give yourself one.

To register contact: Robert Mendenhall

Recent OSSC Meeting

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Winning, building and testing the Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) Lens Assemblies

Kent Weed, Director of Engineering,
II-VI Optical Systems

Last update:  5 December 2016