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  • January 08, 2018 3:49 PM | Angshuman Deka (Administrator)

    Here is the link to the OSA RS winter 2017 newsletter

  • March 24, 2017 5:03 PM | Angshuman Deka (Administrator)

    Here is the link to the 2017 Early Spring Newsletter

  • December 05, 2016 9:27 PM | Angshuman Deka (Administrator)

    Here is the link to the 2016 Late Fall Newsletter

  • September 25, 2016 11:27 AM | Angshuman Deka (Administrator)

    Here is the link to the Fall 2016 Newsletter. 

    OSA-RS Newsletter 2016 Issue1.pdf

  • June 20, 2016 9:24 PM | Angshuman Deka (Administrator)

    Dr Erwin G Loewen, an OSA fellow and expert on diffraction gratings, died on June 8th in Rochester, New York, aged 95 years.

    Born in Germany, Loewen moved to England and then the United States and received a BMechE degree from New York University in 1941.  After serving in the United States Army, he enrolled at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received MS, MMechE and DSc degrees.

    Loewen served as the director of Bausch & Lomb's Grating Laboratory (now Richardson Gratings) for more than twenty-five years where he specialized in the design and manufacture of diffraction gratings, and retired in 1987 as vice president of research and development at Milton Roy.  He then taught in the University of Rochester’s Institute of Optics until 1997.

    Loewen coauthored Diffraction Gratings and Applications and dozens of articles on gratings and metrology.  He was honored with the Society of Manufacturing Engineer’s F. W. Taylor Research Medal, the OSA’s Richardson Medal and Joseph Fraunhofer Award / Robert M. Burley Prize, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society for Precision Engineering, the Rochester Engineer of the Year award, and the Technology Award from the Rochester Chamber of Commerce. He also served as president of the Rochester Section of the Optical Society of America and two terms on an advisory panel for the National Bureau of Standards.

    Erwin’s passion for extending the research and development of diffraction gratings beyond existing limitations led to a more than thirty-year-long and quite fruitful collaboration with several research teams in France (Laboratoire d’Optique Electromagnétique and Institut Fresnel in Marseille), England (Cranfield Institute of Technology), Australia (University of Sydney) and Bulgaria (Institute of Solid State Physics in Sofia).  His practical sense perfectly matched his own phrasing: “One thing is to publish a scientific paper, another is to make a product, and completely different is to sell it profitably.”

    Erwin’s wide experience in optics led to the realization of many scientific projects and to many scientific papers, bringing together scientists and optical engineers.  Erwin conducted himself with elegance, a sense of humor, natural dignity, and a lot of curiosity, kindness, and compassion.  He loved life and was always eager to discover new countries and people, to enjoy new cuisines, especially in the south of France, and to savor fine wines.

    He is survived by daughter Heidi Loewen and son Oliver Loewen (by his first wife Joanna), three grandchildren and his second wife Anita Rosenfeld.  A memorial service will be held in Rochester on August 6th.


    Christopher Palmer

    Richardson Gratings

    Rochester, New York  

    Evgeny Popov

    Laboratoire d’Optique Electromagnétique

    Marseille, France


    Daniel Maystre

    Institut Fresnel

    Marseille, France

    Michel Nevière

    Institut Fresnel

    Marseille, France


  • April 21, 2016 1:12 PM | Daniel Staloff (Administrator)
  • December 10, 2015 3:25 PM | Daniel Staloff (Administrator)

    The OSA Newsletter is back. See the Fall 2015 Newsletter here

  • February 14, 2014 12:57 AM | Anonymous
    Our educational outreach efforts help inspire middle school students!
    Please see the outreach page below for the media highlight by the OSA Foundation.
  • December 02, 2013 12:21 PM | Anonymous
    We’re pleased to announce that Karen Martino, an Optical Technology student at Monroe Community College, has been awarded the Spring 2014 OSA-RS scholarship!   This $1000 award, now granted twice yearly, encourages students to pursue associate’s degrees in optical technology.  Congratulations, Karen!
  • March 01, 2013 1:19 PM | Anonymous
    An overview of the many fun activities of this year's Family Night, along with some great pictures, can be found on the Family Night page of the website. Enjoy!
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