April 26, 2006, Washington, DC--The Optical Society of America (OSA) is establishing its 90th student chapter during its 90th anniversary year. The new student chapter, located at Australia National University (ANU) in Canberra, Australia, was formed in April 2006. The chapter is being led by Christian Romer Rosberg as president and faculty advisor Yuri Kivshar, an OSA Fellow.
"OSA welcomes the Australia National University," said Elizabeth Rogan, OSA's executive director. "Our student chapter program offers exciting opportunities for collaboration and networking."
While ANU has no dedicated school of optics and photonics, it has five research schools that make up the Institute of Advanced Studies. Students can study optics as part of the Research School of Physical Sciences and Engineering. Approximately 15 students are now enrolled in optics fields at the University.
OSA has plans to feature this 90th chapter during its 90th anniversary festivities at its annual meeting, Frontiers in Optics, taking place in Rochester, NY, from October 8-12.