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Uniting the Southern California Optics Community


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

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

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

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

National Academies'
Optics and Photonics Study

Download & review 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

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

Next OSSC Meeting:
October 8 at Precision Optical

Join the OSSC for a panel discussion
on the
National Photonics Initiative
featuring leaders in industry, academia, and government.

    Dr. Thomas Baer, Stanford Photonics Research Center
        and OSA Past President, NPI Steering Committee Chair
    Dr. Robert Lieberman, President of Lumoptix and
        Vice President of SPIE
    Mr. Gary Spiegel, SPIE Secretary/Treasurer and
        retired Senior EVP of Newport Corp.
    Prof. Bruce Tromberg, UC Irvine Beckman Laser Institute

Please submit your questions for our panelists to our
Moderator by email to: Donn Silberman

Special Guests: Congressman Dana Rohrabacher
and other elected officials

Hosted by OSSC Corporate Member Precision Optical
Parking is free but limited, so please consider carpooling

5pm-7pm: Music, Reception, and Tours
6pm-7:30pm: Dinner (buffet style)
7:30pm: Panel discussion
$35 for dinner if registered by Oct. 1, $45 after
OSSC student members free if registered by Oct. 1, $20 after

 This event is FULL.
We cannot accept additional registrations at this time.

You may use the link below to add
yourself and a guest to the waitlist. 

We will contact you if space becomes available.

Recent OSSC Meeting:
May 14, 2014 Joint meeting with the Conejo-Ventura OSA Chapter

Adventures in Optics
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, FindLight

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

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Most Recent Update:  September 22nd, 2014

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