OSA Foundation, Edmund Optics team to support student chapters

By Lee Mather
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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