New OSSC Fellows
Inducted on June 18, 2014 for outstanding contributions to the Optics Industry and the Southern California Optics Community.
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.
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.
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
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
John van Doorn
New Corporate Members
OSSC Members can learn more about these folks by visiting the on-line OSSC Membership Directory
We value your membership and
appreciate your support!
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 http://www.maimanbook.com you'll find extracts and testimonials. The book is available directly from his website or - alternatively - from Amazon as Paperback or Kindle eBook.
Optics and Photonics Study
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.
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:
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
Recent OSSC Meeting:
April 9, 2014 at Cal Poly Pomona
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
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
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 OISC, OSSC 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