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Welcome Members
Welcome New Members

OSSC welcomes Individual and Corporate
Members who joined (or rejoined) in the last 60 days.

We value your membership
and appreciate your support!
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 The Optical Society (OSA) 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 encouraged to apply for either Individual or Corporate Membership.

OSSC Newsletter

Images Newsletter
The April Edition of the OSSC
Images Newsletter in now available!!!

OSSC Election of Officers

Congratulations New Officers!!
Vote Today!
President:  Nicholas Croglio Jr.
Vice President:  Charles Gaugh
Secretary:  Michelle Langland
Treasurer:  Mathew Samson
Councilors:  Graham Brewis, Justin Francis, & Russell Rauch
The OSSC also thanks Councilor candidates  Michael Gordon, Stan Klyza & Richie Nagi for offering to serve in an appointed leadership role for the upcoming 2018-2019 active period.
The OSSC would love for you to join our leadership team.  Planning for the next active period begins soon.  If you would like to help, please contact OSSC President Nicholas Croglio.

OSSC Annual Report

Congratulations for a great 2017 - 2018 Program Year!!
Please Download the 2017 - 2018 OSSC Annual Report for an overview of our great program year!
Thank you to all of the members on making this such a great year for the OSSC!!!

Professional Education

Optical Engineering & Optical Instrument Design
Recorded Information Session:
from Monday, 25 June, 11:30am-12:30pm
Fall 2018 courses begin in early October:
These courses are part of the Certificate Programs in:
Optical Engineering and Optical Instrument Design
15% discount for OSSC Members on courses
Required for a Certificate.

(Discount does NOT apply to the above two
Electives and Prerequisite Courses.)
Email:  Jennifer Mortensen
with confirmed OSSC Membership
to receive discount code.

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.
IVC Photonics is located on the
ATEP campus in Tustin, CA
For Information Contact:
Prof. Brian Monacelli, Ph.D.

Recent Outreach Event

13-15 April
STEM & The Arts Career Showcase
Thanks to everyone who helped!!
Vital Link STEM Event Photo
The STEM & the Arts Career Showcase is an annual three-day event held at the OC Fair and Event Center that gives students the opportunity to explore career pathways in STEM fields.  The program brings together industry professionals, educators, and college representatives that provide students the opportunity to explore their future.  The program includes student competitions and displays, industry demonstrations, career exploration exhibits, industry speakers, a job recruitment area, live entertainment, and more!  The program reaches over 6,000 targeted students, parents and their families.
Thanks Justin Francis, Bo Wang & Donn Silberman for organizing and volunteering at the event.

Upcoming OSSC Meeting

Wednesday 10 October 2018
UCI’s Convergence Optical Sciences Initiative and the Development and Applications of Compact Laser-Compton X-ray Sources
Dr. Chris Barty,
Professor, Departments of Physics and Surgery
and Beckman Laser Institute, UC Irvine
Venue:  UCI Continuing Education Building
Yosemite Conference Room
510 East Peltason Drive, Irvine, CA 92697
(Park in the Anteater or Social Sciences parking structures)
6:00 pm: - Social Hour & Networking
7:00 pm: - Dinner - Newport Rib Company
8:00 pm: - Presentation
9:30 pm: - Meeting End Time
Dinner Cost:  $25 ($30 after 4 October)
OSSC Student Members: $10 ($20 after 4 October)*
*Discount applies to OSSC Members
who are full time students.

New OSSC Fellows & LTA

Congratulations New Fellows
Lifetime Achievement Awardee

 Jack Latchinian, Fellow                     Alex Small, Fellow

Al Hatheway receiving his OSSC Lifetime Achievement Award with friends Tom Godfrey, Arnie Bazensky and OSSC President Bo Wang
Learn more about OSSC Fellows and Lifetime Achievement Awardees on the respective OSSC Webpages:  Fellows  Lifetime Achievement

Upcoming VOSA Meeting

Tuesday 18 September
Optics for DNA Sequencing
9/18/18 Sequencing Presentation
Dr. Simon Prince,
Principal Optical Engineer,

Dr. Simon Prince
Abstract:  This talk will cover the basics of DNA and sequencing for physicists with as little chemistry or biology as possible.  Starting from the history of the human genome sequencing project ($3B in 2003) we move through the advances in sequencing technology to today's products where the sequencing cost has dropped to <$1k.  Each sequencer is made of watt class lasers, illumination engines and epi-microscopes.  We'll look at the microscope technology and designs using custom objectives and sensors that are pushing resolution limits
6:00p  Mixing and Stand Up Dinner
7:00p  Speaker
$20 donation on site
(Donation for food, insurance and venue.  If you need a no-food, student, old age or other discount, please give yourself one).
Registration:  Contact Richie Nagi (

Updated:  11 September 2018
Added 18 September VOSA Meeting Announcement