JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort
Tucson, Arizona, 85745, USA
Technical Conference: 19-23 October 2014
Exhibition: 21-22 October 2014

Special Events

Special events at FiO/LS

FIO/LS Welcome Reception

Sunday, 19 October, 18:30 – 20:00
Ania Terrace

Get the FiO/LS 2014 conference off to a great start by attending the welcome reception! Meet with colleagues from around the world and enjoy light hors d’oeuvres. Complimentary to all Technical Conference Attendees.Volunteers from the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association will have telescopes set up for you to observe under the clear, dark skies of Tucson.


Plenary Session and Awards Presentation

Monday, 20 October, 08:00 - 12:00
Arizona Ballroom, Salons 1-6

The 2014 Joint FiO/LS Awards Ceremony and Plenary Session will feature two world-renowned speakers. Special welcome remarks will be given by Congressman Ron Barber, Arizona's 2nd Congressional District See the plenary page for detailed descriptions of the speakers and their presentations.


Laser Science Symposium on Undergraduate Research

Monday, 20 October, 12:00 - 18:00
Tucson Ballroom, Salon E

This special DLS annual symposium started in 2001 and has rapidly become one of the most successful DLS traditions. During the past several years the number of undergraduates presenting papers has grown from only 10 to more than 40, and the talks have been of outstanding quality, some absolutely stellar. Last year's posters were outstanding as well, and generated a great deal of lively interest and on-the-spot discussion. This year's symposium will consist of afternoon poster and oral sessions. The event provides an opportunity for some of the student members of our community, who are already among the finest young scientists to be found anywhere, to present their work before an audience of their peers as well as the larger optics community. All are invited and encouraged to attend the session. For more information on the Laser Science Undergraduate Symposium visit the APS page.

Organizer: Harold Metcalf, Stony Brook Univ., USA


Meet OSA’s Journal Editors

Monday, 20 October, 17:30 - 19:00
Ania Terrace

OSA’s journal Editors invite you to join them for conversation and refreshments. The Editors welcome your questions, concerns and ideas for the journals, such as:

  • What are best practices when submitting your manuscript?
  • What constitutes a useful manuscript review?
  • What criteria do journal editors look for in submitted manuscripts?
  • How do you propose a Feature Issue topic for publication in an OSA Journal?
  • Other topics of interest to you

Refreshments will be provided. All are welcome.


Minorities and Women in OSA (MWOSA) Networking Reception

Monday, 20 October, 17:30 - 19:00
Tucson Ballroom, Salons I-J

Free of Charge – RSVP Required
Our guest speaker for the 2014 MWOSA networking reception is Dr. Jessie Rosenberg. She is a Research Staff Member at the IBM TJ Watson Research Center, where she focuses on developing silicon photonics technology integrated with CMOS electronics for optical communication applications. She received a Ph.D. degree in Applied Physics from the California Institute of Technology in 2010 at the age of 23, and was recently named to the Forbes 30 under 30 list of innovators in science.
The registration process is EASY! To confirm your attendance, you may either:

  1. Check the MWOSA Networking Reception box when filling out the FiO Registration Form or

  2. Email your contact information to mwosa@osa.org.


OSA Technical Group Meetings

Network with peers, meet group leaders, and get involved in planning future group activities by attending technical group meetings during FiO. The following technical groups are sponsoring activities at FiO:

OSA Optical Communication Technical Group Networking Event
Monday,  20 October, 13:30 – 15:00
Tucson Ballroom, Salon G

OSA Optical Fabrication & Testing Technical Group Networking Event
Monday, 20 October, 18:30 – 19:30
Arizona Ballroom, Salon 12

OSA Environmental Sensing Special Talk: AFOSR Program on Imaging and Beam Control Through Deep Turbulence
Monday, 20 October, 19:00 -20:00
Arizona Ballroom, Salon 11

OSA Holography & Diffractive Optics Student Tutorial: Getting Started with Digital Holograms
Tuesday, 21 October, 18:00 – 19:00
Arizona Ballroom, Salon 10

OSA Applications of Visual Science Technical Group Networking Event
Wednesday, 22 October, 18:30 -19:30
Tucson Ballroom, Salon A

View details of technical group activities.


Joint FIO/LS Poster Session, Tuesday, 21 October, 12:00 - 13:30, Exhibit Hall
Joint FIO/LS Posters Session, Wednesday, 22 October, 12:00 - 13:30, Exhibit Hall

Poster presentations offer an effective way to communicate new research findings and provide an opportunity for lively and detailed discussion between presenters and interested viewers. Plan on attending these interactive and exciting sessions.


VIP Industry Leaders Networking Event:  Connecting Corporate Executives, Recent Graduates and Students

Tuesday, 21 October, 08:00 – 09:30
Tucson Ballroom, Salon F

This event is sold out.

This session brings together Industry Executives to share their business experience – from how they started their careers and lessons learned along the way, to using their degree in an executive position – with Recent Graduates and Students. The program starts with informal networking during breakfast and then transitions into “speed meetings” – small, brief visits with 6-8 executives to discuss careers, industry trends or other career topics.

Participating executives include:

Robert "Bob" Breault, Founder/Chairman/President, Breault Research Organization, Inc.
Arturo Chavez-Pirson, Chief Technology Officer, NP Photonics, Inc.
James Fisher, Vice President, Newport Corporation
Thomas L. Koch, Dean and Professor, College of Optical Sciences, University of Arizona
Jason Mulliner, Chief Financial Officer, Edmund Optics
Donald A. Pearson, II, President & CEO, TRIOPTICS USA / Davidson Optronics / Wells Research
Stephen Schaffer, Vice President, Evaporated Coatings, Inc.
Andre Wong, Director, Product Line Management, JDSU

Space is limited. Only Students and Recent Graduates (those who have completed their final degree in the last three years) are eligible to attend.


OSA Fellow Members Lunch

Tuesday, 21 October, 12:00 - 14:00
Tucson Ballroom, Salons G-I

Join your colleagues at the OSA Fellow Member Lunch and Program featuring Andre Wong from JDSU, who will present on their innovative light source used in 3D sensing technology.  This technology enables interactions with devices naturally using bodies, gestures, eyes or voice and is used in gaming. Hear about this and other promising applications of 3D sensing technology during the program.  JDSU is the corporate contest winner of the OSA Enabled by Optics Contest, which raises public awareness about the role optics and photonics plays as a key enabler of the technologies that improve daily life worldwide.  View all the corporate submissions to the Enabled by Optics contest at www.osa.org/enabledbyoptics.
Note:  OSA Fellows Members, Honorary Members and special guests will receive an invitation to the lunch in September.  Guests must RSVP to reserve a place by 10 October with an email to  OSAInvitation@osa.org.


Meet the APS Journal Editors

Tuesday, 21 October, 15:30 - 17:00
Ania Terrace

The Editors of the APS journals invite you to join them for conversation and light refreshments. The Editors will be available to answer questions, hear your ideas, and discuss any comments about the journals. All are welcome. We hope you will be able to join us.


Division of Laser Science Annual Business Meeting

Tuesday, 21 October, 18:00 - 19:00
Tucson Ballroom, Salon D

All members and interested parties are invited to attend the annual business meeting of the Division of Laser Science (DLS). The DLS officers will report on the activities of the past year and on plans for the future. Questions will be taken from the floor. This is your opportunity to help define the operations of the DLS and the LS Conference.


OSA’s Annual Business Meeting

Tuesday, 21 October, 18:00 - 19:00
Arizona Ballroom, Salon 8

Learn more about OSA and join the OSA Board of Directors for the Society’s annual business meeting. The 2013 activity reports will be presented and the results of the Board of Directors election will be announced.


OSA Member Reception: The Scorchin' Sonoran

Tuesday, 21 October, 19:00 - 21:00
Tucson Ballroom, Salons E-F

Complimentary and for OSA Members only* 

OSA cordially invites OSA Members to a blazingly celebratory night amidst the Sonoran Desert. Meet up with friends and colleagues as you savor the flavors of the American Southwest. Tucson has a rich, tri-cultural heritage stemming from Native American, Hispanic and Old West traditions. Your evening is infused with a fusion of cuisine and culture from each group. Enjoy music, drinks and appetizers; and get an introduction to the tastes of Tucson and the sounds of the Southwest.

Please bring your conference registration badge or OSA Membership card; if you join OSA on-site, please bring your receipt. 

*This event is complimentary and is for OSA Members. Not a member yet? Join today to attend this complimentary OSA Member event.


Laser Science Banquet

Tuesday, 21 October, 19:00 - 21:00
Signature Grill Restaurant, Outdoor Patio - JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort

Join your colleagues for the annual LS Banquet. Tickets are required for this event and can be purchased when you register for the meeting. 


OSA Members & Families: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Tour 

Wednesday, 22 October, 08:30 - 12:30 

OSA members and their families are invited to visit the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum as guests of OSA.  Ranked as the #9 museum in the world in 2013 by TripAdvisor.com, the Desert Museum interprets and showcases the Sonoran Desert region, widely recognized as the lushest desert on earth.  Tour participants will enjoy a fusion experience: zoo, botanical garden, natural history museum, aquarium, art gallery and several live animal presentations, exhibited on 21 acres that include two miles of walking paths.  Additional tour details to be announced. 

To reserve a spot, contact mpaterson@osa.org. Download a flyer.


Science Educators’ Day (EDAY)

Wednesday, 22 October, 17:00 - 20:00
Tucson Ballroom, Salon E

*Free of Charge – RSVP Required. 

Our guest speaker for the 2014 Science Educators’ Day (EDAY) event is Dr. Michael Raymer. He is a physicist and Phillip H. Knight Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Oregon. He was on the faculty at the University of Rochester’s Institute of Optics before moving to Oregon, where he co-founded the University’s Oregon Center for Optics. His interest in teaching began as an undergraduate at the University of California at Santa Cruz, where he co-instructed a beginning course in chemistry. Many years later he parlayed that experience into the founding of the UO’s Science Literacy Program, which is funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and which reaches across the departments of physics, chemistry, biology, and geology. His interest in teaching science literacy led him to author a textbook, The Silicon Web: Physics for the Internet Age (Taylor & Francis, 2009), to accompany a course he teaches called The Physics Behind the Internet.

The registration process is EASY. To confirm your attendance simply email your name and contact information to eday@osa.org.

*OSA members may attend the student chapter demonstrations (17:00 - 18:00). Dinner and speaker session is for middle and high school science teachers only. RSVP is required to attend both.


FIO Postdeadline Papers

Thursday, 23 October, 10:30 – 12:00

The FiO 2014 Technical Program Committee will accept a limited number of postdeadline papers for presentation. The purpose of postdeadline sessions is to give participants the opportunity to hear new and significant material in rapidly advancing areas. Only those papers judged to be truly excellent and compelling in their timeliness were accepted. More information, including the schedule and locations, will be posted in the weeks preceding the conference.


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