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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 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 invited to apply for either Individual or Corporate Membership.

Professional Education

Irvine Valley College (IVC) is now in its second year of a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, a three-year Advanced Technological Education (ATE) award to fund the IVC Photonics Initiative.


This course details the most important tools that are used when working with light, from lasers and other light sources to cameras and sensors.  Photonic devices are used in lecture demonstrations and laboratory experiments to show how light can be generated, manipulated, and captured.  Hardware is broken down to its constituent components--lasers are reduced to gain media, pump sources, and mirror cavities; cameras are dissected down to their bare chemistry.  Students will gain hands-on experience with industrial hardware and tools in the laboratory.

LET 225 - Quality Assurance for Precision Optics
This course addresses the basics of specification, manufacturing, and assessment of precision optics. It presents an introduction to quality assurance (QA) practices required to identify, inspect, and measure optical components.  Materials and tools found in an industrial optics fabrication and inspection shop are used in lecture demonstrations and laboratory experiments.  Students will gain hands-on experience with these industrial materials and QA tools in the laboratory.

Courses spans 16 weeks from  August 18 – December 20, 2014
Please contact Dr. Brian Monacelli for information.



Optical Engineering & Optical Instrument Design: Education Planning Session
Free On-Line WebEx Event: Tuesday, September 16, 2014
11:30 am to 12:30 pm
RSVP

Three On-Line courses are now Open for Enrollment.
Courses begin Sept. 29, 2014

Introduction to Lens Design

Optical Systems Engineering

Precision Positioning &
Motion Control for Optical Systems


These courses are part of the Certificate Programs in:
Optical Engineering and Optical Instrument Design

OSSC Members receive a 15% discount for these courses.

New OSSC Fellows


Congratulations to our two newest OSSC Fellows:



Inducted on June 18, 2014 for outstanding contributions to the Optics Industry and the Southern California Optics Community.

Member Directory


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.

Images Newsletter


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.

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Job Announcements


Several more jobs have been posted recently to the OSSC jobs board.  Some posts contain multiple positions.

Contact Brenna Norris, 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


National Academies'
Optics and Photonics Study


Download this significant document:
Optics and Photonics

Essential Technologies for Our Nation

from the Committee on Harnessing Light:
Capitalizing on Optical Science Trends and Challenges for Future Research
National Materials and Manufacturing Board
Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences
of the
NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL
of the NATIONAL ACADEMIES

Provided by: Dr. Alan Willner, USC 213/740-4664



Next OSSC Meeting


Our next regular meeting will be on
October 8, 2014 at
Precision Optical
Costa Mesa, CA


More information coming soon.

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
by
Stephen Fantone, Optikos, and former Treasurer, OSA

Stephen Fantone headshot
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Recent Outreach Events


Mount Wilson Observatory
Viewing Night
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

New OSSC Members


New Individual Members
Norma Adachi
Gilberto Cardenas
Rajat Dey
Stephen Fantone
Brian Hagerty
Adam Loukeh
Damien Nguyen
Brenna Norris
Adam Rubin
Scott Strutner

New Corporate Members
Gary Bordenkircher, Product Design Labs
Charles Gaugh, Optic Systems Group
Vahan Senekerimyan, Find Light

OSSC Members can learn more about these folks by visiting the on-line OSSC Membership Directory
We value your membership and appreciate your support!

Speakers Bureau


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:
2014-2015 President Jack Latchinian


     
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The OISC is proud to be a Project of Open Projects and Apps a 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation in the State of California
Most Recent Update:  August 17th, 2014

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