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Uniting the Southern California Optics Community


The Optical Society of Southern California was founded in 1951 to increase and disseminate the knowledge of optics and closely allied sciences and to promote the mutual interests of investigators, organizations, teachers and students in these fields.

The Society is a local section of the Optical Society of America and meets on the second Wednesday of each month from October through June.  Most of our meetings are open to the public.  Those interested in promoting our goals are urged to apply for either Individual or Corporate Memberships.

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Upcoming Events

Regular OSSC Meetings
Resume in October 2016


We would love your help keeping the OSSC running smoothly.  Whether it's helping at an event, improving the website or editing the newsletter, your support is most welcome.  If you think you might like to help, please contact OSSC's President Kenn Bates or one of the other members of the Board of Directors.

Professional Education

for more information contact:
Prof. Desiré Whitmore, Ph.D.

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IVC Photonics is located at the:
ATEP campus in Tustin, CA

Education Planning Session
Recorded Tuesday, 8 December 2015
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Optical Engineering & Optical Instrument Design
Fall courses begin in late September

These courses are part of the Certificate Programs in:
15% discount for OSSC Members on courses Required for a Certificate.
(Discount does NOT apply to Electives and Prerequisite Courses.)

Jennifer Mortensen
with confirmed registration
to receive discount code.

Election Results

Congratulations to the 2016-2017 OSSC Board of Directors!

President:  Kenn Bates
Vice President:  Brian Monacelli
Secretary:  Bo Wang
Treasurer:  Matt Kadowaki

Councilors:  Norma Adachi, Ottavia Golfetto and Desiré Whitmore

By-Laws Amendments
1) Allow elections by electronic or mail ballot:  Passed
2) New officers and councilors take office during the annual business meeting rather than after:  Not passed

Networking Event

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Annual Mount Baldy Hike

2010 Mount Baldy Hike
Join members of the OSSC and our sister organization the CVOSA (Ventura OSA) in our annual ritual of summiting Old Baldy (Mt. San Antonio 10,064') via the Devil's Backbone trail.

START TIME:  ~8:00 am

DIRECTIONS:  Mount Baldy is in Angeles National Forest directly north of the 210 freeway above Claremont, Upland, Rancho Cucamonga and Pomona.

Mt. Baldy Ski Lifts, Inc.
8401 Mt Baldy Rd.
Mt Baldy, CA 91759

FROM THE PARKING LOT TO THE SKI LODGE:  The easiest way to and from the lodge is to purchase a round-trip lift ticket. You can also include a meal to reduce overall cost.  Unfortunately the breakfast/ski lift discount is sold-out for August 27.  There is, however, a deal for the ski lift and lunch.

Ambitious hikers can also take the service road from the Ski Area parking lot to the Top Of The Notch Restaurant. This is a 2.6 mile hike with an eleven hundred foot elevation gain. You can also opt to take the ski lift one-way.
NOTE: the email erroneously indicated that the service road hike is 6 miles. It's about 2.6 miles making the entire hike to the summit about 6 miles one-way.
Mount Baldy

TRAIL INFO:  For those new to this trail, its a great hike with a full 360 degree view at the top ranging from the Los Angeles basin below you, to the Channel Islands in the Pacific (on a clear day) to the Mojave Desert.  It is about 3.5 miles one way with an elevation gain of twenty two hundred feet and is considered strenuous.

Our loose group normally takes about 3 to 4 hours to get to the top and half that to get back to the lodge well before the lifts close for the day.  This is a casual hike, everyone moves at their own pace.  Bring lunch, plenty of water, sun block, hat, comfortable shoes, possibly a windbreaker - it can be chilly at the top.

No special equipment needed, hiking boots are recommended but many do this hike in running shoes.  We hope to get a group photo at the top during lunch break.  Ski lift operates from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.  Cafeteria, rest rooms, water, etc. available at the Ski Lodge at the top of ski lift.

NOT GOING TO THE TOP?:  You are welcome to join the group for breakfast at the Ski Lodge, enjoy the scenery and shorter hikes, and meet the crowd on the return from the summit for soft drinks or beer.

You are encouraged to bring as many friends and family members as you wish.  There is a lot of room on the mountain!

You don't need to RSVP, but if you do we will look for you at the ski lodge.  Let Fred Houston know you are attending.

Fred Houston

Recent Networking Event

Sunday, 26 June 2016

2016 Fred Hansen
Memorial Golf Tournament

Extremely NON-competitive
Extraordinarily Enjoyable

Lets Golf
Event Pictures coming Soon!

Last update:  26 August 2016