OSA Rochester Section

The Rochester Section of the Optical Society of America is a group of people 
in the optics industry who are interested in promoting the knowledge of optics in the local community.

  The Second Century of the OSA Rochester Section
It was Novemeber 18th, 1915 when nine Rochester scientists met at the University of Rochester: four from Eastman Kodak Co., four from Bausch & Lomb, and one from the University.

Recent News - OSA Rochester Section

Upcoming events

Please stay tuned for many events to be scheduled for the 2016-2017 year, including biweekly talks at URLLE, FiO Glass Art Contest, and many others!

OSA Rochester Section Newsletter

OSA Rochester Section sends out newsletters on occasion to keep our membership informed about our activities.  The most recent newsletter may be viewed and downloaded at the link below:

  Newsletters from previous months can be found in      the news section.

Educational Activities

The Rochester Section is active in the support of optics education in area schools. The Rochester Section developed its Optics Suitcase in 1999. The Optics Suitcase is an innovative, interactive presentation package designed to introduce middle school students to many of the concepts of optics as well as other sciences.

Information on Joining

For information on how to join, please see our membership form online. We still support both online and traditional postal membership renewal methods. Miscellaneous questions can be answered by our secretary


Thank you, everyone, for your participation in the 2016 Annual Dinner, which was a great success!

-The 2016-2017 Council 

Annual Dinner:

Photonics of Star Trek


Picture: Captain Kirk 

            Speaker: Peter Hallett                     


The OSA Rochester Section is excited to announce that Star Trek expert/enthusiast Peter Hallett will speak at this year's annual dinner about the photonics enabled ideas and props from the original show (1966-1969) that visionary scientist and engineers have recently turned into reality.


Some of the examples of modern technologies that appeared in the original Stark Trek series prior to their actual development include 3D printing, mobile phones, tablet PCs, remote spectrometers, flat screen displays, and lasers both as weapons and medical devices.  Recent advancements in photonics research suggest that more Star Trek based technologies will be developed in the near future including invisibility cloaking through metamaterials, teleportations through quantum entanglement, and tractor beams based on optical tweezers.



Enjoy this event on Tuesday, May 3rd at 5:30PM. More details here

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