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 May 2017 OSSC Newsletter
is now available for download:
Optical Engineering & Optical Instrument Design
Two (2) Summer courses begin in late June
These courses are part of the Certificate Programs in:
15% discount for OSSC Members on courses
Required for a Certificate.
(Discount does NOT apply to the above two
Electives and Prerequisite Courses.)
Recent Outreach Event
Many Thanks to our Volunteers that helped with the "What is Light?" display and related Optics Outreach Hands-On demos
at the 6th Annual STEM & The Arts career Showcase
Friday - Sunday April 21 - 23, 2017
at the Orange Count Fair Grounds
Download Flyer here
Bo Wang and Donn Silberman lead the efforts with Brain Hagerty and his satellite tracking system as a centerpiece. Other volunteers were Dr. Ottavia Golfetto, Nick Lambert, Gabriel Blanks and Emily Sin. And in the exhibit booth next to the OSSC, we had Dr. Brian Monacelli and his Irvine Valley College Laser Technology students.
Mathobotix - MiniMaker Competition Sun 23 April
Robotics Competitions and other exhibits
for more information contact
Prof. Desiré Whitmore, Ph.D.
Recent CVOSA Meeting
Tuesday 9 May 2017
Innovations in Architectural Lighting
Mike Gehring and John Martin
Abstract: How do architects, interior designers, and lighting designers use light in the built environment? John Martin and Mike Gehring of global lighting design firm KGM Architectural Lighting will discuss how they use lighting technology to create atmosphere, mood, feeling, and image for various building types around the world. They will show how they think about light, and design lighting for indoor and outdoor spaces. Examples of descriptive renderings and drawings will be used to describe lighting ideas, as well as how they document working drawings for construction.
Recent OSSC Meetings
Wednesday 10 May 2017
Nexus between government, academia, industry and our professional societies in optics and photonics:
A Panel Discussion
Background: In October 2014, the OSSC had a very successful event hosted by Corporate Member Precision Optical. We had four (4) distinguished panelist discuss the National Photonics Initiative (NPI) from four different vantage points. After that NPI effort, several government sponsored programs were formed, funded and exceptional results have been realized.
During this meeting, we had one returning panelist and three (3) new voices to provide some updates on NPI and then focus on ways we in Southern California could band together to leverage our efforts in several areas for the benefit of our OSSC Corporate and Individual members and many others in our Southern California Optics and Photonics Communities.
Past President and Fellow Donn Silberman
moderated the Panel Discussion.
Dinner Buffet by Newport Rib Company
Download Meeting Announcement Flyer
Wednesday 12 April 2017
Challenges in Optical Design for Soldier Systems
Abstract: N2 Imaging Systems is a designer and manufacturer of new generation soldier night vision and targeting systems, with emphasis on small, low power, and cost effective, thermal imaging and multisensor designs (i.e. Night vision goggles, sights, etc.). This presentation is an overview, highlighting some of the of the key challenges in Soldier Systems Optics design, with example solutions (e.g. new broad band chalcogenides, hybrid polymer glass designs, places for optical computing, free form prisms, eyepieces, display technology directions, etc.). This presentation is from the viewpoint of designers, where the challenges are related to real mission requirements, real size/weight constraints, and performance, environmental and reliability requirements implicit in these designs.
Wednesday 22 March 2017
Nano-alignment as challenge and enabler for “Silicon Photonics”
Last update: 21 May 2017