OSSC Election of Officers
Congratulations New Officers!!
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!!!
Fall 2018 courses begin in early October:
15% discount for OSSC Members on courses
Required for a Certificate.
(Discount does NOT apply to the above two
Electives and Prerequisite Courses.)
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.
Recent Outreach Event
STEM & The Arts Career Showcase
Thanks to everyone who helped!!
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
UCI’s Convergence Optical Sciences Initiative and the Development and Applications of Compact Laser-Compton X-ray Sources
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.
Upcoming Event of Interest
Sunday 23 September
Why Does the Vatican
Have an Observatory?
Brother Guy Consolmagno SJ
Director of the Vatican Observatory
The roots of the Vatican Observatory, one of the oldest astronomical institutions in the world, go back to the Gregorian Reform of the Calendar in 1582, and it has been part of an extensive history of Church support for astronomy (Galileo to the contrary). Its very existence demonstrates that there is no inherent conflict between religion and science. Brother Guy Consolmagno, Director of the Vatican Observatory, will share with us the history of the observatory, including a summary of what's being done there today.
Brother Guy Consolmagno SJ, is a Jesuit brother native of Detroit, Michigan. He studied planetary sciences at MIT and the University of Arizona, before entering the Jesuits in 1989. Along with more than 200 scientific publications, he is the author of several popular astronomy books including Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial?: . . . and Other Questions from the Astronomers' In-box at the Vatican Observatory.
7:00 - 8:00 PM
Connolly Parish Hall
Holy Family Church
1527 Fremont Avenue
South Pasadena, CA
Recent VOSA Meeting
Tuesday 18 September
Optics for DNA Sequencing
Dr. Simon Prince,
Principal Optical Engineer,
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.