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Welcome New Members!

Individual and Corporate Members who
joined (or rejoined) in the last 60 days.

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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 typically 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.

Images Newsletter

The January 2017 OSSC Newsletter
is now available for download:

Professional Education

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

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

Optical Engineering & Optical Instrument Design

Instructors Barbara Grant and Mary Turner presented
Dean's Outstanding Instructors Award - Dec 2016

Barbara Grant and Mary Turner with Dean Gary Matkin

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 OSSC Membership
to receive discount code.

Outreach Events

Volunteer to help with the "What is Light?" display at a Vital Link OC Career Exploration event at a local Middle or High School.

Workshops by STEMbility @
UC Irvine - The Cove

STEMbility is a group of Orange County college students with OSSC Fellow Donn Silberman as their Board President.  

We are offering Drone and Augmented Reality (Coming very soon) workshops from October to December at The Cove in Irvine.  Our 5 hour (1 hour of Lunch and Network) long workshops are meticulously designed to expose you to the latest technology trends of 2016 and require absolutely NO EXPERIENCE.

Our standard workshops are for High School, College and beyond.

Are you interested in learning how to build a drone, create an augmented reality application or control your home from your smart phone?

STEMbility is also providing similar workshops to high school students, coordinating with our friends at Vital Link OC at Irvine Valley College's Advanced Technology & Education Park (ATEP).

STEMbility recently visited the UCI Beckman Laser Institute & Medical Clinic.  (some details here)  and a video clip here.

OSSC Merchandising

OSSC Members -
Please take a short survey regarding what OSSC logo-branded Merchandise you would like to see offered by our Society.


Upcoming OSSC Meeting

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Topic:  To be Announced
Speaker:  To be Announced
Venue:  To be Announced

6pm:  Networking, Social Hour
7pm:  Dinner
8pm:  Presentation, followed by tours

Dinner cost: $35 for registration by 5 February, $40 after
OSSC Student Members $10 through 5 February, $20 after

Next Ventura OSA
(CVOSA) Meeting

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Imaging the Antikythera Mechanism
Tom Malzbender
Cultural Heritage Imaging

Antikythera Mechanism

Cal Lutheran University
Alumni Hall Room 128
3293 Mountclef Boulevard
Thousand Oaks, California

Note: Venue may change to accommodate a large turn-out.

YouTube Video about the Antikythera Mechanism

6:00 pm Mixing and Buffet Dinner
7:00 pm Speaker
$25 on site (donation for food, insurance and venue)

Please RSVP Early:

Recent OSSC Meetings

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Updates on the Palomar Observatory
Roger Smith

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Corporate Member Appreciation Event
Featuring Exhibits by OSSC Corporate Members
and a presentation on
“IODC Lens Design Competitions from the last 25 years”

Cimarron Optical Consulting, Inc.

Last update:  14 January 2017