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Synopsis   Trioptics 

Uniting the Southern California Optics Community


The Optical Society of Southern California is a local section of The Optical Society (OSA) founded in 1951 to increase and disseminate knowledge of optics and allied sciences.  The Society meets monthly from October through June and also organizes regular family-friendly outreach events.  Most of our meetings and events are open to the public. Please join us and bring your friends.

Those who support our goals are invited to apply for either Individual or Corporate Membership.


OptoBotics @ Mathobotix
Fridays March 13 - May 22:  5:30 - 7:30 pm

The Optics Institute of Southern California (OISC) joins with Mathobotix to present an exciting new course: OptoBotics (optics, lasers & robotics) based STEAM Open Learning Projects in this fun filled 12-week program in a special format for curious junior high school students.

Outreach Events

San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering
Expo Day Sat. March 21 - All Day Outreach Event

The Optics Institute of Southern California (OISC) joins withOSSC and the UC Irvine Photonics Society to once again spread the word of optics & photonics to hundreds of people.


The OSSC, OISC, UC Irvine Photonics Society and others will have demonstrations and presentations at this event.

Children and families of all ages are invited to enjoy free, hands-on art and science activities at UC Irvine’s Family Day at the Beall.  The event offers 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.

April 18, 2015 11:00am - 4:00pm

The Beall Center for Art + Technology is located at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, UCI campus, Building 712 Arts Plaza.  Admission is free and open to the public.
(UCI Campus Map)

Volunteers will be needed - check back here for more details.


The OSSC, OISC and others will join Vital Link of OC and its partners in taking the lead in connecting students to career options in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) and the Arts related professions.  The program brings together student work, industry demonstrations and exhibits, college connections, and nonprofit volunteer opportunities to use their skills today to build a resume.

Event Dates:  April 24, 25 & 26, 2015
Location:  88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, California 92626

Volunteers will be needed - check back here for more details.


OSSC Meeting
18 February 2015
(last minute change of speaker)

State-of-the-art active alignment technologies for camera module assembly 

Dr. Daniel (Gruber) Winters
R&D Manager, Trioptics, GmbH

Meeting has past.
Check back soon for information about our next meeting.


The OSSC Remembers Charles Townes

Charles Townes

January 28, 2015:  Charles H. Townes, whose pioneering work led to the development of the laser, died on January 27, 2015 at the age of 99.  Townes shared the 1964 Nobel Prize in Physics with Russian scientists Nicolay G. Basov and Aleksandr M. Prokhorov for "fundamental work in the field of quantum electronics, which has led to the construction of oscillators and amplifiers based on the maser-laser principle."  Townes was also an OSA Fellow and recipient of the Fredric Ives Medal (1996).  Excellent articles about the life and passing of Charles Townes were published by the New York Times and the The Optical Society (OSA).

USC Consortium
Among Three NPI Finalists

National Photonics Initiative       USC Viterbi School

January 30, 2015:   A consortium led by the University of Southern California is among three finalists selected by the US Department of Defense (DOD) to submit full proposals to secure the Integrated Photonics Institute for Manufacturing Innovation.  Other finalists include consortiums led by University of Central Florida and the Research Foundation for the State University of New York.  The National Photonics Initiative (NPI), a collaborative alliance seeking to raise awareness of photonics and increase US funding and investment in key photonics-driven fields, released a press release commending the three consortiums.  NPI is not endorsing a specific IP-IMI proposal but is strongly committed to supporting the DOD's ultimate selection.  Several Individual and Corporate Members of the OSSC actively support the USC-led consortium.

Welcome New OSSC Members

Individual Members
Jason Arcand
Raino Ceccarelli
Eugene Cross
Michael Fuksa
Michael Gordon
Enrique Lopez
Janeth Manjarrez
Roger McWilliams
Cole Meyers
Shaildhish Rai
Furkan Sahin
Amer Saleemi
Taylor Sorensen
David Stork
Jason Tyler
Dmitry Voloschenko
Brandyn Way
Brian Yoder
Anastasia Zamora
Ali Ziaee

Website Sponsors
Charlie Metzger, Ross Optical Industries

We value your membership and appreciate your support!

Last update:  18 February 2015