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Increasing the Knowledge of Optics


Membership Levels


Non-Members may participate in most OSSC Activities!

Members are also encouraged to bring non-member colleages, family and friends to our regular meetings and outreach events.

Benefits Include:

  • Monthly meetings, held from September through June (except December), typically on the second Wednesday of the month.
  • Live streaming for when the drive is too far
  • Networking and social opportunities
  • Dinner (fees may vary)
  • Technical talks by prominent members of the optics community and related industries
  • Tours of industry, university and related organization's facilities
  • Outreach and Social Events:
  • Regular outreach events with our local non-profit partners
  • Regular Family oriented outreach events
  • Educational Support
  • Available support with local colleges & universities
  • Pasadena City College Laser Tech Program
  • UC Irvine Optics Programs
  • Student Discounts for OSSC meetings
  • Online access to recent technical presentations
  • Online Access to read OSSC forums including Job Announcements Post job announcements FREE
  • Online access to recent editions of the OSSC eNewsletters, including the Images eNewsletter
  • Published periodically from October through June, and sometimes during the summer months.
  • Meeting and other Event news
  • Outreach & Educational news
  • Corporate member news
  • Individual member news
  • Optics & Photonics News from Southern California and beyond

Most of our events are open to the public. See specific events for details and restrictions that might apply.

Individual Membership

Individual Members

Enjoy all the benefits of non-member pulbic events.

Benefits Include:

  • Dinner Discount at most regular OSSC Meetings
  • Access to our Online Membership Directory
  • Personal Membership Directory Profile
  • Control Contact Information visible to other members
  • Create a Biography Page viewable by other members
  • Add your photo, website, & links to professional and social media pages
  • Access to read and post to OSSC forums including the Employment Forums
  • Access to members only online forums
  • Regular email meeting announcements and event information
  • Ability to participate in select Members Only Events 
  • Access to Members Only Archives of past meeting videos and presentations.
  • Access to past issues of the OSSC Images Newsletters and other restricted documents.
  • Eligibility to vote in OSSC elections and run for elected office
  • 10% discount on all UC Irvine Optics Classes taught through the Division of Continuing Education

Individual Membership dues are $15 per year.

Student Membership

Student Membership

Student Members are Individual Members who are currently enrolled in school at least part-time and are not working fulltime.

Benefits Include:

  • All the Benefits of Individual Membership
  • Dinner Discount - Student Members enjoy diiner at our regular meeting for FREE or at a significanly reduced cost.


Student Membership dues are $15 per year

Corporate Membership

Coorporate Membership

Benefits Include:

  • All the benefits of Indivdual Member
  • Listing on the Corporate Members page of the OSSC website with a link to your website.
  • Company Name in the Images eNewsletter.
  • Periodic Company Profile in the Images eNewsletter (contact the Newsletter Editor if you are interested)
  • Ability to manage your own Corporate Forum:
  • Keep the OSSC Membership informed of your latest accomplishments.
  • Create an ask-an-expert presence on your Company's forum.
  • Corporate Members can become partners and / or advisors to our partner education programs at:
  • Pasadena City College Laser Tech Program
  • UC Irvine Optics Programs

Corporate Membership dues are $100 per year.

Website Sponsorship

Website Sponsorship

Website Sponsorship is an option available to Corporate Members for an additional $100 per year.

Benefits include:

  • All the benefits of Corporate Membership
  • Company logo / link on left side of every page of the OSSC website
  • Company logo / link on the botom of the OSSC mobile website

Website Sponsorship dues are $200 per year (includes Corporate Membership)



OSSC Fellows are individuals of distinction who have performed outstanding service for the Optical Society of Southern California and the optical industry. Fellows are nominated by the OSSC Fellowship Committee with final apporval determined by the the OSSC Board of Directors.

Benefits Include:

  • Recognition at a special cermeony held at one of our meetings
  • Listing on the Fellows page of the OSSC website

Fellows enjoy free lifetime Individual Membership to the Society

OSSC Board Membership

OSSC Board of Directors and Leadership Team

Members who volunteer to help the Optical Society of Southern California by serving in an elected office, an appointed office/committee chair, or as a member of a committee are eligible for additional benefits.

Benefits Include:

  • Partiiciaption in Officer Meetings and Dinners
  • Leadership Oppertunities
  • Enhanced Networking Opportunities
  • Develop communication and teaching skills through participation in outreach events
  • Develop organization skills by managing speakers, events, membership data, finances, communications, or the website.
  • Online public biography viewable by all website visitors (past officers maintain their online biographies)
  • Members of the OSSC Board of Directors also have the right to vote on all decisions affecting the society

Members of the OSSC Board of Directors and Leadership team must be active members. No aditional payment is required, and all positions are unpaid volunter positions.

Corporate Address: Box 228, 2312 Park Avenue

Tustin, California 92782

The Optical Society of Southern California is a non-profit 501(C)3 tax exempt corporation.

We do not endorse candidates for public office or contribute to political candidates or campaigns.