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Welcome Members
Welcome New Members

OSSC welcomes Individual and Corporate
Members who joined (or rejoined) in the last 60 days.

We value your membership
and appreciate your support!

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Next OSSC Meeting

OSSC Annual Business Meeting
 Combined In-P
erson and Online Event

“Ultrafast Lasers and Innovation”

           Jim Kafka, Ph.D., Fellow & CTO, Spectra-Physics Lasers, MKS; V.P. Optica

Wednesday June 14, 2023
 In-Person Reception 6:00 pm; Dinner 7:00 pm
(No fee to attend presentation only in-person or on-line)
Online Login: 7:15 pm PDT
OSSC Business: 7:30 pm
Presentation: 8:00 pm

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Holiday Inn Los Angeles Gateway - Torrance
19800 S. Vermont Ave
Torrance, CA   90502

Register Here

Special OSSC Event

Mount Wilson Observatory Night Viewing Trip
Registration will open at 6:00 am May 18th

Register Here

Historic Mount Wilson Observatory is an astronomical research facility located in the San Gabriel Mountains of Southern California. Located on the summit of Mount Wilson above Pasadena at an altitude of 5715 feet (1742 meters), the Observatory is visible from much of the Los Angeles area.  Attendees will get to use the historic 100-inch telescope.

Please see links below for specific driving directions, parking, and entrance procedures.

Attendees must be over 12 years of age. 

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July 8, 2023
3:00 PM to 1:00 AM

Meet at front gate at 3:00 p.m.We will tour the 100 inch telescope and then use the 100 inch for stargazing.
Viewing begins after sunset and ends at 1:00 a.m.

Bring your own dinner.No alcoholic beverages permitted!




Please Register Soon
**Limited to 20 people**

If more than 10 people are on the Waitlist, we will requesta second date.

Recent OSSC Event

OSSC In-Person and Online Event
May 17, 2023
 A Tribute to OSSC Fellow Arnie Bazensky
and OSSC Nominations

James Bullock, Ph. D.
UC Irvine
Dean, School of Physical Sciences
Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy

“Exploring the Cosmos with JWST”

Venue:  UC Irvine DCE Building
 In-Person 6:00 pm; Online 7:30 pm PDT


Register Here

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Upcoming Outreach 

Our Outreach programs will begin again this Fall as schools resume normal operations. 


Professional Education

Spring 2023 courses begin in Late March:

Go to the links above to learn more about the courses and programs.
15% discount for OSSC Members on all courses.
with confirmed OSSC Membership
to receive discount code.
UCI DCE Optics 10 yrs logo

Recorded Information Session - August 2019
OSSC Fellow Donn Silberman was the guest speaker.

Pasadena City College
Laser Technology  Program

The first PCC LaserTech student cohort begins this Fall 2021 semester! Students completing the program in Laser Technology will learn the scientific principles of optics, fiber-optics, and lasers. Laser and Photonics Technology instructors lead hands-on, laboratory-driven classes, utilizing state-of-the-art industrial equipment, based on the industry-guided photonics curricula written by industry professionals. In addition to laboratory skills, students are offered one-on-one support and career advice, including résumé and LinkedIn profile building.

Additional Information

Prof. Brian Monacelli, Ph. D.

Recent Outreach 

Wed. October 5, 2022
Brown Bag Seminar at DRS Daylight Solutions

Introducing optics & photonics to undergraduate students - UC San Diego SPIE Student Chapter Officers - A video recording 

SPIE Optics & Photonics
San Diego Convention Center

Optics Education and Outreach VII

Oral Presentation - Donn Silberman

Quantum education and pathways: an open-source modifiable presentation to high school and college students

22 August 2022·11:30 AM - 11:50 AM |


SPIE Optical Engineering Journal
Special Section on Quantum Education

Quantum technician skills and competencies for the emerging Quantum 2.0 industry

Mo Hasanovic; Chrys Panayiotou; Donn Silberman;
Paul Stimers; Celia Merzbacher

OE Vol. 61 Issue 08

KEYWORDS: Quantum computing, Quantum information, Quantum communications, Laser optics, Optical engineering, Fiber lasers, Superposition, Spectroscopy, Spectroscopes, Quantum physics

In Memoriam

Special OSSC Event

Arnie Bazensky's Memorial

Saturday June 3rd @ 11 am

Arnie Bazensky's Memorial - Unity of Tustin (
14402 Prospect Ave, Tustin, CA 92780 | (714) 730-3444
Some Arnie photos thru the years

Friends of OSSC Meeting

Quantum Engineering workshop 2023
Thursday, May 25 · 8:30am - 6pm PDT

Live in-person and on-line

Register Here

Caltech Pasadena, CA 91125

Quantum Engineering Workshop - Quantum Communication, Systems, Information, Computing, Material, Algorithms

This is the third annual workshop in quantum engineering.

The quantum engineering workshop aims to bring engineering and physics experts together to promote the integration of the emerging areas as a cross disciplinary educational and research effort, and explore the interface of classical engineering (such as mechatronics, instrumentation and robotic technologies) and quantum mechanics (such as the applications of quantum entanglement, cryptography, and teleportation). In particular, we hope to promote quantum engineering to mechanical and aerospace engineers who are not traditionally exposed to quantum mechanics.

Join us to hear about photonics & optics breakthroughs that will shape the future

Our invited speakers are technology and business leaders at trailblazing companies at the intersection of nanotechnology and optics. They are pushing the boundaries of photonics to build next-generation products and solutions that will define industry trends in the next decade. 

Join us in person

Location: Ozen Inc., 1210 E Arques Ave, Suite 207, Sunnyvale, CA 94085

Join our webinar

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OSSC Members may view Newsletters
dating back to 1998 here

Recent Friends of OSSC Meeting

Optica Silicon Valley - 
Winter event

February 24, 2023, 3pm - 6pm

We were excited to have three leading experts, Mark Wade, Leah Kuritzky, and Robert Maher, and hear from them as they discussed their perspectives of the photonics and optics industry.
Optica Silicon Valley (web link)


Recent OSSC Meetings

OSSC Online Event  April 12, 2023

“Compound Semiconductor-on-Insulator: Integrated Photonics Beyond Silicon”

Dr. Galan Moody, Assistant Prof., ECE, UCSB

Logon 7:15pm
OSSC Opening Remarks 7:45 pm
Presentation 8:00pm

OSSC Combined In-Person and Online Event March 15, 2023

"Laser-based gas analysis in a hollow core fiber-optic: land, sea, air, and space (from the bottom of our ocean to a moon of Saturn)

            Jason Kriesel, Ph.D., President, Guiding Photonics and Lead Scientist, OKSI

OSSC Combined In-Person and Online Event Feb 8, 2023

Overview and Status of the Giant Magellan Telescope
Breann Sitarski, Ph.D., GMTO

OSSC Combined In-Person and Online Event Jan 11, 2023

Recent Optical Instrument Development at Sensitic Technologies, LLC.

J. Kent Wallace, M.S.,
Jet Propulsion Laboratory and
Sensitic Technologies, LLC.
Kent Wallace

Wallace Optical Schematic
In-Person Location
Pasadena City College

1570 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106

OSSC Combined In-Person and Online Event Dec 14, 2022

Tabletop Exhibits for Corporate Member Appreciation

“Frontiers of Laser Driven Advanced Accelerators”

Prof. Franklin Dollar, UC Irvine, Physics & Astronomy Dept.
Franklin Dollar

Zeus Laser Syst

Combined In-Person & Webinar
Wed, Nov 16, 2022
“The Quantum Industry, Education & Outreach – an Overview”
by Donn Silberman & Doug Finke

Reception:  6:00pm   Dinner:  7:00pm  Presentation:  8:00pm

Donn Silberman

Doug Finke

In-Person Venue
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Tustin Orange County

5011 Newport Ave., Tustin, CA  92780


OSSC Combined In-Person & Webinar
Wed, Oct 12, 2022
"Range-Compensating Lens: Application to LIDARs"

In-Person MKS Instruments  

1791 Deere Avenue
Irvine, CA 92606

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Jason Mudge, PhD                     Adam Phenis, MS




Corporate Address:  Box 228, 2312 Park Avenue
TustinCalifornia  92782
The OSSC is a non-profit 501(C)3 tax exempt corporation.
The OSSC does NOT endorse candidates for public office or contribute to political candidates or campaigns.

Updated: 4 September 2020
Added 8 September VOSA Meeting