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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.

Recent Outreach Event


Lasers4Ladies at USC

The University of Southern California hosted a free public event “Lasers 4 Ladies” Day as part of the global International Year of Light celebration.

Saturday, 10 October, 2015
9:30 AM to 4:00 PM
University of Southern California

The event focused on showing and demonstrating - not just telling - why we love optics and photonics to middle and high school girls (5th - 12th grade).  Hands-on activities on virtual reality, lasers, solar cells and optical fiber were provided by USC students and faculty as well as visitors from Southern California technology companies and museums.

This event was sponsored and organized by the University of Southern California.

This event is sponsored and organized by
the University of Southern California.


UC Irvine + Coursera
Introduction to OptoBoticssm

Class and Certification Programs Available
in Lasers and Photonics

For more information contact:  or  949-282-2706


Help Sparky meet lots of kids

At our May OSSC Meeting it was announced that we are raising funds to help secure the donation of "Sparky" the robot to our outreach partners at Vital Link of Orange County.  They provide Career Exploration programs to local schools.  For the last year they have included our "What is Light?" hands-on exhibit.

You can learn more about "Sparky" on the new OptoBotics website.


Welcome New Members

Individual Members
Farhad Akhavan
David Bradley
Christopher Chinhong
Cynthia Harrig
Felicitas Hernandez
Dennis Jones
Michelle Langland
Joseph Locher
Michael Look
Todd Ohaks
Kushagra Pundeer
Ronald Rittenberger
Yunmiao Wang
Joshua Weldon

We value your membership and appreciate your support


We invite all OSSC members and friends to join us on
14 October 2015
for a talk on

The Lunar Laser Ranging Experiment

Hal Walker Jr.,
Co-Founder, A-Man Inc. STEM International Science Discovery and Learning Center

Co-sponsored by: IEEE Region 6,

Hosted by:

6:00 Social hour
7:00 Dinner
8:00 Presentation

Dinner Cost:
$35 ($40 after Oct 11)
OSSC student members FREE ($10 after Oct 11)

Due to space limitations dinner seating is limited to 55 .

The dinner is now open to members and non-members alike.  Each registrant may bring one guest.

Spots are filling up quickly, so register today!

Presentation without meal is FREE and open to the public.  Registration is required / Space is limited to 200.
Those not attending the dinner
may buy food in the cafeteria if desired 6-8 pm.


New York Consortium Selected As Integrated Photonics Institute for Manufacturing Innovation

National Photonics Initiative

July 30, 2015: The OSSC and the National Photonics Initiative (NPI) congratulates SUNY Polytechnic Institute and other members of the New York consortium on their selection as the country’s first Integrated Photonics Institute for Manufacturing Innovation (IP-IMI). Proposed as part of President Obama’s National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI), the IP-IMI was established to bring government, industry and academia together to advance state-of-the-art photonics technology and better position the United States relative to global competition in this critical field.
SUNY Polytechnic Institute was joined by University of Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology and a regional cluster of photonics businesses to submit the proposal that was selected from among three finalists. The Department of Defense (DOD) has committed to investing $110 million in the IP-IMI. The other two finalists were University of Central Florida and University of Southern California... READ MORE.

Last update:  7 October 2015