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OSSC Election

The Election for the 2024-2025
Active Period is Now Open

Click on the button below to access the election materials.

2024-2025 Elections

OSSC Elections are open to OSSC Members only

Friends of OSSC

The 4th Annual Quantum Engineering Workshop 2024
Thursday, May 30, 2024
8:30am - 5:30pm PDT
Cal Tech

The Quantum Engineering Workshops aim to promote the integration of engineering systems with quantum technologies for research and education
Details & Register Here

Recent Meeting

We are pleased to invite you to the Optica Silicon Valley Display Event, a premier gathering for enthusiasts, professionals, and visionaries in the field of optical technologies. This event promises an afternoon of enriching discussions and networking opportunities, aimed at shaping the future of optics and photonics.

Event Details:

Date: Friday, May 17, 2024

Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM PDT

Location: Ozen Engineering,
Sunnyvale, CA


Recoating the Mount Wilson Observatory’s 100” optics

Download the story here

In Memoriam: Murty V. Mantravadi, 1929 - 2024

Murty V. Mantravadi, Optica & OSSC Fellow and educator, passed away on 24 April 2024 at the age of 94. He was most known for his research in optical testing, interferometry, diffraction, spectrometers, and optical devices. Most notably, he originated the shear plate testing method that would check for light wave distortion and make parallel or align the light rays of a laser beam.

Full Article

OSSC Newsletters



OSSC Images Newsletter Q2 - 2024

OSSC Members may view Newsletters
dating back to 1998 here


Professional Education

Part-Time Instructor: Optical Engineering and Optical Instrument Design

Summer 2024 registration now open.
Courses begin in Late June.

The above courses are part of Certificate Programs in:
Optical Engineering  & Optical Instrument Design

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New:  Alternative Digital Credential:

Past UCI Optical Engineering Webinars

Go to the links above to learn more about the courses and programs.
15% discount for OSSC Members on all courses.
with confirmed OSSC Membership
to receive discount code.

Contact Donn Silberman to receive the discount code.

UCI DCE Optics 10 yrs logo

Recorded Information Session - August 2019
OSSC Fellow Donn Silberman was the guest speaker.

Pasadena City College
Laser Technology  Program

PCC LaserTech courses began in late February 2024 Students completing the program in Laser Technology will learn the scientific principles of optics, fiber-optics, and lasers. Laser and Photonics Technology instructors lead hands-on, laboratory-driven classes, utilizing state-of-the-art industrial equipment, based on the industry-guided photonics curricula written by industry professionals. In addition to laboratory skills, students are offered one-on-one support and career advice, including résumé and LinkedIn profile building.

Registration for Fall 2024 will be open during the summer.  Download the 2024-2025 Academic Calendar

Additional Information
Laser Technology - Natural Sciences - Pasadena City College

Prof. Brian Monacelli, Ph. D.

Virtual Job Fair

Event Overview

We bring together laser tech career candidates, the curious, and career coaches and recruiters from leading laser companies in Silicon Valley and beyond. The candidates include seasoned and tenured incumbents, college/university graduates and students seeking internship or full-time employment opportunities.

Learn More & Register here

Cal Poly Pomona
Physics & Astronomy

Visiting Lectureship in Industrial Science

The OSSC Board of Directors has made a donation of $1000 on behalf of the OSSC.

The OSSC acknowledges the many years the college has been a partner and the many students they have brought to the OSSC.

Please click on the link below to learn more about this program and....

Donate Here

Recent Special OSSC Event

Mount Wilson Observatory
 Night Viewing Trip Saturday July 8th

Historic Mount Wilson Observatory is an astronomical research facility located in the San Gabriel Mountains of Southern California. Located on the summit of Mount Wilson above Pasadena at an altitude of 5715 feet (1742 meters), the Observatory is visible from much of the Los Angeles area.  Attendees will get to use the historic 100-inch telescope.

After event info and photos

Please see links below for specific driving directions, parking, and entrance procedures.

Attendees must be over 12 years of age. 

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July 8, 2023
3:00 PM to 1:00 AM

Meet at front gate at 3:00 p.m.We will tour the 100 inch telescope and then use the 100 inch for stargazing.
Viewing begins after sunset and ends at 1:00 a.m.

Bring your own dinner.No alcoholic beverages permitted!




Please Register Soon
**Limited to 20 people**

If more than 10 people are on the Waitlist, we will request a second date.

Recent OSSC Meeting

OSSC Annual Business Meeting
 Combined In-P
erson and Online Event

“Ultrafast Lasers and Innovation”

           Jim Kafka, Ph.D., Fellow & CTO, Spectra-Physics Lasers, MKS; V.P. Optica

Wednesday June 14, 2023
 In-Person Reception 6:00 pm; Dinner 7:00 pm
(No fee to attend presentation only in-person or on-line)
Online Login: 7:15 pm PDT
OSSC Business: 7:30 pm
Presentation: 8:00 pm

Download Flyer

Holiday Inn Los Angeles Gateway - Torrance
19800 S. Vermont Ave
Torrance, CA   90502



In Memoriam

Next OSSC Meeting


OSSC Combined In-Person & Webinar

 Scalable Extreme Optics Fabrication and Testing”

 Dr. Daewook Kim, Associate Professor, Optical Sciences & Astronomy,

James C. Wyant College of Optics, University of Arizona

Wednesday June 5, 2024
 In-Person Reception 6:00 pm; Dinner 6:45 pm
(No fee to attend presentation only in-person or on-line)
Online Login: 7:15 pm PDT
OSSC Business: 7:15 pm
Presentation: 8:00 pm
Register Here

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Recent OSSC Meeting

Wednesday May 15, 2024
Corporate Member Appreciation Event

OSSC Officer Nominations Open for 2024 - 2025.

contact a current OSSC Board member for details

OSSC Combined In-Person & Webinar

“Meta”-Optical Fibers: Integration of Metaphotonics with Fiber Optics

Howard (Ho Wai) Lee, Ph.D.,
Associate Professor, UC Irvine, Department of Physics and Astronomy

Wednesday May 15, 2024
 In-Person Reception 6:00 pm
Dinner 7:00 pm
(No fee to attend presentation only in-person or on-line)

Online Login: 7:15 pm PDT
OSSC Business: 7:30 pm
Presentation: 8:00 pm

Download Flyer and share with Friends and Colleagues



Register Here

UCI DCE Parking Map


Recent OSSC Meeting

Officer Nominations are now open for 2024 - 2025
OSSC Combined In-Person & Webinar

 Optical Design of Waveguides for Augmented Reality Headsets."

 Dr. Eric Fest, Optical Scientist, Meta Platforms 

Wednesday April 10, 2024
 In-Person Reception 6:00 pm; Dinner 7:00 pm
(No fee to attend presentation only in-person or on-line)

Online Login: 7:15 pm PDT
OSSC Business: 7:30 pm
Presentation: 8:00 pm

Holiday Inn Los Angeles Gateway - Torrance
19800 S. Vermont Ave
Torrance, CA   90502

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Recent OSSC Meeting

OSSC Combined In-Person & Webinar

" Overview of Automotive Cameras."

 Dr. Elaine Jin, Principal Hardware Engineer - Camera Systems,

Experience the Thorlabs Mobile Photonics Lab


This special mobile lab will be parked in front of The Urban Workshop for all to experience.

Thorlabs Mobile Lab - Home

The Ultimate DIY Workshop and Makerspace! (
365-A Clinton Street Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Advisory Board Meeting 4 pm at the Urban Workshop


Special invitations are being sent to members of the Southern California precision optics manufacturing community to attend this meeting.  Others are welcome to attend.  Please add this activity during your registration processif you would like to attend.


AmeriCOM is currently discussing a potential new program at Santa Ana College Manufacturing Technology Dept.

Home - AmeriCOM      Manufacturing Technology (

Recent Optica Silicon Valley

Thursday February 22, 2024
Combined In-Person & Webinar

 Details & Register Here

Recent OSSC Meeting

Wednesday February 21, 2024

OSSC Combined In-Person & Webinar
Hyperspectral coastal water imaging from space."

 Dr. Jeff Puschell, Chief Engineer, EO/IR Payloads

Northrop Grumman Space Park

Venue: Holiday Inn Los Angeles Gateway - Torrance
19800 S. Vermont Ave
Torrance, CA   90502

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Recent OSSC Meeting

Wednesday Jan. 17, 2024
OSSC Combined In-Person and Online Event

Dr. Mehdi Asghari
CEO and Co-Founder of SiLC

Seeing the world in four dimensions

Venue:  Sierra Madre United Methodist Church

695 W Sierra Madre Blvd, Sierra Madre, CA 91024
Register Here

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Recent OSSC Friends Meeting

Wednesday Nov. 15, 2023
Optical Society of North Texas

Online Event
A New Pediatric-Suitable Retina Camera,
Presented by Mike Jones

Go to meeting page
Download slides

Recent OSSC Meeting

Wednesday Nov. 8, 2023
OSSC Combined In-Person and Online Event
Prof. Elliot Botvinick, Ph.D.
Principle Investigator, BEAMS Lab
Bio-Engineering Advanced Medical Solutions
University of California, Irvine
Beckman Laser Institute & Medical Clinic

Venue:  UCI Health Beckman Laser Institute & Medical Clinic
1002 Health Sciences Rd, Irvine, CA 92612

 Download Flyer

Recent OSSC Meeting

Wednesday Oct. 4, 2023
OSSC Combined In-Person and Online Event

“Computation in microscopy: How computers are

changing the way we build and use microscopes”

Changhuei Yang, Ph.D.
California Institute of Technology

The Circadian Room, Pasadena City College
Download Meeting Announcement

Recent OSSC Meeting

Wednesday Sept. 13, 2023
OSSC Combined In-P
erson and Online Event

"Laser ultrasonics for aerospace and nuclear applications."

 Dr. Bradley Bobbs, Senior Scientist,

Laser Ultrasonic Products Group at Intelligent Optical Systems


Holiday Inn Los Angeles Gateway - Torrance
19800 S. Vermont Ave
Torrance, CA   90502

Download Flyer


OSSC Newsletters


August 2023 Newsletter

OSSC Members may view Newsletters
dating back to 1998 here


Member News

OSSC Member and Boy Scout Leader Tom Scheffelin spent time with his Troop Working on their
Astronomy Merit Badge more photos here. 

Check out this short science fiction story by OSSC Treasurer Prof. Alex Small.
Don't feed the physicists.

And another new article by OSSC Secretary Donn Silberman
The Quantum Universe - Atoms, Humans & Light

OSSC Election Results

Congratulations to the newly elected
2023-2024 OSSC Officers

President - Kevin Romero
Vice President - Jack Latchinian
Secretary - Donn Silberman
Treasurer - Alex Small
Councilors - McGwire Herbert, Martin Hagenbuechle, Harvey Spencer 


Visit our Outreach Webpage to learn about volunteering opportunities.

The OSSC partners with 

Mostly in Orange County
But they are expanding !!

Past Special OSSC Event

Arnie Bazensky's Memorial

Saturday June 3rd @ 11 am

Arnie Bazensky's Memorial - Unity of Tustin (
14402 Prospect Ave, Tustin, CA 92780 | (714) 730-3444
Some Arnie photos thru the years

Arnie Bazensky  at Unity of Tustin!

Friends of OSSC Meeting

Join us to hear about photonics & optics breakthroughs that will shape the future

Our invited speakers are technology and business leaders at trailblazing companies at the intersection of nanotechnology and optics. They are pushing the boundaries of photonics to build next-generation products and solutions that will define industry trends in the next decade. 

Join us in person

Location: Ozen Inc., 1210 E Arques Ave, Suite 207, Sunnyvale, CA 94085

Join our webinar


Recent Friends of OSSC Meeting

Quantum Engineering workshop 2023
Thursday, May 25 · 8:30am - 6pm PDT

Live in-person and on-line

 Details Here

Caltech Pasadena, CA 91125

Quantum Engineering Workshop - Quantum Communication, Systems, Information, Computing, Material, Algorithms

This is the third annual workshop in quantum engineering.

The quantum engineering workshop aims to bring engineering and physics experts together to promote the integration of the emerging areas as a cross disciplinary educational and research effort, and explore the interface of classical engineering (such as mechatronics, instrumentation and robotic technologies) and quantum mechanics (such as the applications of quantum entanglement, cryptography, and teleportation). In particular, we hope to promote quantum engineering to mechanical and aerospace engineers who are not traditionally exposed to quantum mechanics.

Optica Silicon Valley - 
Winter event

February 24, 2023, 3pm - 6pm

We were excited to have three leading experts, Mark Wade, Leah Kuritzky, and Robert Maher, and hear from them as they discussed their perspectives of the photonics and optics industry.
Optica Silicon Valley (web link)


Recent OSSC Meetings

OSSC In-Person and Online Event
May 17, 2023
 A Tribute to OSSC Fellow Arnie Bazensky
and OSSC Nominations

James Bullock, Ph. D.
UC Irvine
Dean, School of Physical Sciences
Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy

“Exploring the Cosmos with JWST”

Venue:  UC Irvine DCE Building
 In-Person 6:00 pm; Online 7:30 pm PDT

OSSC Online Event  April 12, 2023

“Compound Semiconductor-on-Insulator: Integrated Photonics Beyond Silicon”

Dr. Galan Moody, Assistant Prof., ECE, UCSB

Logon 7:15pm
OSSC Opening Remarks 7:45 pm
Presentation 8:00pm

OSSC Combined In-Person and Online Event March 15, 2023

"Laser-based gas analysis in a hollow core fiber-optic: land, sea, air, and space (from the bottom of our ocean to a moon of Saturn)

            Jason Kriesel, Ph.D., President, Guiding Photonics and Lead Scientist, OKSI

OSSC Combined In-Person and Online Event Feb 8, 2023

Overview and Status of the Giant Magellan Telescope
Breann Sitarski, Ph.D., GMTO

OSSC Combined In-Person and Online Event Jan 11, 2023

Recent Optical Instrument Development at Sensitic Technologies, LLC.

J. Kent Wallace, M.S.,
Jet Propulsion Laboratory and
Sensitic Technologies, LLC.
Kent Wallace

Wallace Optical Schematic
In-Person Location
Pasadena City College

1570 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106

OSSC Combined In-Person and Online Event Dec 14, 2022

Tabletop Exhibits for Corporate Member Appreciation

“Frontiers of Laser Driven Advanced Accelerators”

Prof. Franklin Dollar, UC Irvine, Physics & Astronomy Dept.
Franklin Dollar

Zeus Laser Syst

Combined In-Person & Webinar
Wed, Nov 16, 2022
“The Quantum Industry, Education & Outreach – an Overview”
by Donn Silberman & Doug Finke

Reception:  6:00pm   Dinner:  7:00pm  Presentation:  8:00pm

Donn Silberman

Doug Finke

In-Person Venue
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Tustin Orange County

5011 Newport Ave., Tustin, CA  92780


OSSC Combined In-Person & Webinar
Wed, Oct 12, 2022
"Range-Compensating Lens: Application to LIDARs"

In-Person MKS Instruments  

1791 Deere Avenue
Irvine, CA 92606

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Jason Mudge, PhD                     Adam Phenis, MS




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