Archive for '2012'

    A success story in generating interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

    May 15, 2012 10:59 AM by Grace Klonoski

    The second USA Science and Engineering Festival was held in Washington, D.C., April 28-29. The event was free of charge and open to students and adults of all ages.

    The largest celebration of science in the US, the Festival mission is: To re-invigorate the interest of our nation’s youth in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by producing and presenting the most compelling, exciting, educational, and entertaining science festival in the United States.

    The 2012 event featured over 3,000 interactive exhibits, +100 stage shows, and 33 author presentations. Both the Optical Society (OSA) and the OSA Foundation (OSAF) supported the event as sponsors and exhibitors in the “Big Top Physics” tent. The exhibit was hosted in partnership with the American Physical Society, the American Association of Physics Teachers, the Acoustical Society of America, the Society of Physics Students, and the University of Maryland’s MRSEC program, and featured a wide array of interactive and fun demonstrations. Visitors were given learning materials and gadgets to take home. The tent was one of the festival’s most popular destinations for students and adults alike.

    Participation in the Festival is one of many ways the OSA and OSAF support youth education programs. OSA/OSAF-sponsored materials such classroom posters, teaching guides, optics demonstration kits, and videos and DVDs are freely available to students, educators, and parents. The OSA hosts the OPTICS4KIDS  and OpticsEducation , both of which attract thousands of visitors from around the world. The OSAF supports college-age students through travel grants, scholarships, academic competitions, professional development grants and networking opportunities, and much more.

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    The OSA Foundation (OSAF) was established in 2002 to support philanthropic activities that help further the Optical Society's (OSA) mission. The OSAF is concentrating its efforts on programs that provide career and professional development resources and support awards and honors that recognize technical and business excellence. The grants funded by the OSA Foundation are made possible by the generous donations of its supporters as well as the dollar-for-dollar match by OSA. The Foundation is exempt from U.S. federal income taxes under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is a public charity. To learn more about the OSA Foundation, please visit www.osa-foundation.org .

    GRACE KLONOSKI is the Senior Director, Foundation, Membership & Education Services for the Optical Society of America, 2010 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20036; email: gklono@osa.org ; www.osa.org .

    Students take charge through the International OSA Network of Students (IONS)

    April 25, 2012 2:05 PM by Grace Klonoski
    In 2006, a group of enterprising Optical Society (OSA) student members from Europe organized the International OSA Network of Students (IONS). The mission for this endeavor was to create a networking platform and conference series for young researchers across the optics and photonics field. The intent was for IONS conferences and meetings to be organized by students who were active members of the OSA student chapter network. The programming served student attendees and focused on delivering technical excellence and career-building professional networking activities. Six years and 19 IONS meetings later, all these elements successfully remain in place!


    IONS events provide student leaders with the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in organizing a multi-national conference. Student planning committees are responsible for developing the technical program, inviting speakers, managing logistics such as registration, meeting space accommodations, catering, sponsorships, registration, student travel grants, marketing, social events, and much more. The OSA and OSA Foundationprovide funding, guest lecturers, and promotional support, but the students are in charge of every IONS event from start to finish.

    Understanding the importance of interaction and constructive feedback, IONS meetings seek to provide each attendee with the opportunity to discuss their work, connect with peers, and exchange ideas. These experiences may not occur during traditional conferences and technical meetings.

    "The IONS conference strengthens professional and personal ties among OSA's young researchers and I am proud of the collaborative enthusiasm for the sharing of science that characterizes the new generation of young scientists," said Giovanni Volpe, co-organizer for the inaugural IONS conference at ICFO in 2007.
    The most recent IONS was hosted by the École Polytechnique, the Institut d'Optique Graduate School and the ESPCI Paristech in Paris, France. Highlights included invited talks and sessions by Prof. Alain Aspect, Institut d'Optique Graduate School, France; Prof. A. Claude Boccara, École Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles, France; Prof. Christopher Dainty, National University of Ireland, Galway; Sune Svanberg, University of Lund, Sweden and Giovanni Volpe, Bilkent Universitesi, Turkey. The conference also featured student technical talks and poster sessions, student awards and special activities including lab tours at ESPCI, Institut d'Optique and École Polytechnique. Recording of guest presentations are freely available through the OSA Media Library.
    IONS meetings regularly occur in Europe, North America, South America, Asia and Australasia. In 2011, meetings were held in Salamanca, Spain; Southampton, UK; California, USA; Melbourne, Australia and Delhi, India. More information about IONS events is available online.

    The OSA Foundation (OSAF) was established in 2002 to support philanthropic activities that help further the Optical Society's (OSA) mission. The OSAF is concentrating its efforts on programs that provide career and professional development resources and support awards and honors that recognize technical and business excellence. The grants funded by the OSA Foundation are made possible by the generous donations of its supporters as well as the dollar-for-dollar match by OSA. The Foundation is exempt from U.S. federal income taxes under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is a public charity. To learn more about the OSA Foundation, please visit www.osa-foundation.org.

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    GRACE KLONOSKI is the Senior Director, Foundation, Membership & Education Services for the Optical Society of America, 2010 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20036; email: gklono@osa.org; www.osa.org.

    Paul A. Bonenfant Memorial Scholarship planned

    March 19, 2012 2:08 PM by Lee Mather
    The optics community lost a dear friend and leader when Paul Bonenfant passed away. To honor his life and accomplishments, Paul’s colleagues and family are working with the OSA Foundation to establish a special scholarship program.

    With the goals of providing international experience to students as they prepare for their professional lives and promoting global engagement and collaboration, this new need-based scholarship will enable undergraduate students enrolled in an engineering or physical science program to attend a semester-abroad program offered through their university.

    “The unexpected and all-too-early loss of Paul was devastating to our family and to his colleagues and friends in the optical communications community," said Bonenfant’s wife Maria. "I am pleased to partner with the OSA Foundation to establish this scholarship campaign in Paul’s memory. His work was greatly enhanced by international collaborations and experiences so it is fitting that this scholarship seeks to provide that same important foundation to students. I encourage anyone who knew Paul and those who value international student programs to consider a contribution to this cause.”

    The first scholarship will be awarded in 2013, and is very much in line with Paul’s enthusiasm for education and his advocacy of global engagement. Throughout his career, Paul enjoyed working with colleagues around the world; the success of his efforts is a great example for the next generations of business leaders and innovators.

    Special recognition of Bonenfant and the scholarship campaign took place during the Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exhibition/National Fiber Optics Engineers Conference (OFC/NFOEC) and the OSA's Executive Forum, both of which were held in March 2012 in Los Angeles, CA, USA. Bonenfant was a long-standing active member of the OFC/NFOEC program committee and had been a presenter at past Executive Forum events.

    Recently, the OSA Foundation announced a new challenge grant that will benefit the scholarship fundraising effort. An anonymous donor has agreed to a 1:1 match of any donation made after February 14, up to $50,000. The total fundraising goal for the campaign is $190,000. The Foundation asks supporters to help meet the $50,000 goal in the coming weeks.

    To learn more about the scholarship program and to make a donation securely online, please visit www.osa-foundation.org/bonenfant .

    The OSA Foundation (OSAF) was established in 2002 to support philanthropic activities that help further the Optical Society's (OSA) mission. The OSAF is concentrating its efforts on programs that provide career and professional development resources and support awards and honors that recognize technical and business excellence. The grants funded by the OSA Foundation are made possible by the generous donations of its supporters as well as the dollar-for-dollar match by OSA. The Foundation is exempt from U.S. federal income taxes under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is a public charity. To learn more about the OSA Foundation, please visit www.osa-foundation.org .

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    GRACE KLONOSKI is the Senior Director, Foundation, Membership & Education Services for the Optical Society of America, 2010 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20036; email: gklono@osa.org ; www.osa.org .

    Corning Outstanding Student Paper Competition

    February 20, 2012 12:51 PM by Lee Mather
    This month, the OSA Foundation announced the finalists for the Corning Outstanding Student Paper Competition , a highly competitive program that provides the field’s most promising young researchers the opportunity to present and be recognized for their groundbreaking work.

    This student event is endowed by a grant from Corning Incorporated, and is administered by the OSA Foundation. The competition is held annually during the Optical Fiber Communication/National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference (OFC/NFOEC ). This year’s conference will take place in the Los Angeles Convention Center, March 4-8.

    Three winners will be selected from among six finalists (from six different countries); these outstanding individuals were chosen from a field of more than 360 student paper submissions. The Corning Outstanding Student Paper Competition Committee, comprised of the OFC/NFOEC general chairs and program chairs, selected the finalists and will view their presentations during the conference to determine the winners. Finalists are judged on innovation, research excellence, and presentation skills. One first-place winner and two honorable mention winners will be selected, receiving $1,500 and $1,000, respectively.

    Finalists for the 2012 Corning Competition are:

    An Li , The University of Melbourne, Centre for Energy-Efficient Telecommunications, Melbourne, Australia; "Transmission of 1.63 Tb/s PDM-16QAM unique-word DFT-spread OFDM signal over 1,010-km SSMF"

    Nicole Lindenmann , Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany; "Low loss photonic wire bond interconnects enabling 5 Tb/s data transmission"

    Carl Lundström , Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden; "Short-pulse Amplification in a phase-sensitive amplifier"

    Eric Numkan Fokoua , University of Southampton, Southampton, England; "Dipole radiation model for surface roughness scattering in hollow-core fibers"

    Irene Yang , California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, USA; "Full MAC system demonstration of extended 10G-EPON uplink with 512 ONU splits access span via burst-mode SOA and enhanced-FEC combined with burst-mode 3R"

    Qunbi Zhuge , McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada; "Linewidth-tolerant low complexity pilot-aided carrier phase recovery for M-QAM using superscalar parallelization"

    "Each year the Corning student paper competition continues to showcase some of the brightest young minds in the global optical communications community," says OFC/NFOEC program chair Ed Murphy. "This year’s finalists are no exception. These six students have demonstrated remarkable promise through their high quality work. We congratulate them and look forward to reviewing their presentations at OFC/NFOEC."

    The OSA Foundation was established in 2002 to support philanthropic activities that help further the Optical Society's (OSA's) mission by concentrating its efforts on providing career and professional development resources and support awards & honors that recognize technical and business excellence. The grants funded by the OSA Foundation are made possible by the generous donations of its supporters as well as the dollar-for-dollar match by OSA. To learn more about and to support the OSA Foundation, please visit www.osa-foundation.org .

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    GRACE KLONOSKI is the Senior Director, Foundation, Membership & Education Services for the Optical Society of America, 2010 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20036; email: gklono@osa.org ; www.osa.org .

    OSA Foundation, Edmund Optics team to support student chapters

    January 19, 2012 3:40 PM by Grace Klonoski
    Through the OSA Student Chapters , bright, energetic, and highly motivated students get involved in academic and professional networking activities and lay a foundation for successful careers in optics. The chapters, located at more than 250 leading institutions around the world, conduct a wide range of programming, including youth education outreach to local communities.

    To encourage strong relationships between OSA Student Chapters and the corporate sector, the OSA Foundation (OSAF) created the "Adopt a Student Chapter Program ." By "adopting" student chapters, organizations support the academic and professional endeavors of post-secondary and graduate students and help them to become the professional and philanthropic leaders of tomorrow. To learn more about the program, please contact OSAF (see contact information below).

    One participating company, Edmund Optics (EO) - a producer of optics, imaging, and photonics technology for over 70 years - is providing financial support to four student chapters in China and India. They are:

    Fudan University , China
    Hyderabad Central University , India
    Tsinghua University , China
    Zhejiang University , China

    OSA's "Adopt-a-Student Chapter" Program complements Edmund's professional outreach program. In 2011 Edmund awarded $60,000 in grants to universities across the globe and started its "Optics Superhero " program designed to recognize the contributions of outstanding professionals in optical design, engineering and applications.

    Last August, EO's Clark Harris presented a talk on careers in optics at the highly successful CIOMP/OSA International Summer Session: Lasers and Their Applications on the campus of the Changchun Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics (Changchun, China). Approximately 100 students representing 13 countries took part in the week-long experience that included lectures, networking opportunities, and poster presentations. Video-recorded lectures from the CIOMP event can be freely viewed online .

    Edmund Optics is a global optics and imaging company that manufactures and supplies the worldwide technical community with precision optical components and subassemblies. Led by a staff of skilled optical engineers and scientists, EO is application-focused and pursues new ways to implement optical technology, enabling advancements in semiconductor manufacturing, industrial metrology, and medical instrumentation. EO's precision products improve efficiencies and yields and are used in test and measurement quality assurance applications, the automation of manufacturing processes, and research.

    Since its founding in 1942 as a supplier of optics and other science items for hobbyist and educational use, EO has become well known as a catalog-based distributor of industrial optics and related products, as well as a source for much more- including application integration, custom lens and coating design, and OEM services. EO's contributions have advanced a range of fields from semiconductor manufacturing and industrial metrology to medical instrumentation, telecommunications, and biometrics.

    Headquartered in Barrington, NJ, EO maintains an Arizona research and design center, as well as New Jersey and Pennsylvania manufacturing facilities that support the company’s expanding international presence that includes sales offices, procurement offices, manufacturing facilities, or representatives in: Japan, China, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Singapore, South Korea, Israel, and Switzerland.

    The OSA Foundation (OSAF) was established in 2002 to support philanthropic activities that help further the OSA's mission by concentrating its efforts on programs that advance youth science education, provide optics and photonics education to underserved populations, provide career and professional development resources, and support awards and honors that recognize technical and business excellence. The grants funded by the OSAF are made possible by the generous donations of its supporters, as well as the dollar-for-dollar match from the OSA. For more information, visit www.osa-foundation.org.

    GRACE KLONOSKI is the Senior Director, Foundation, Membership & Education Services for the Optical Society of America, 2010 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20036; email: gklono@osa.org ; www.osa-foundation.org .

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