Optics in Industry VI
Photonics and Mathematical Optics Group
Tecnologico de Monterrey Student Chapter
Optics and Photonics in Latin America
Carlos López-Mariscal and Álvaro Casas-Bedoya
The launch of OSA’s Optics and Photonics Latin America website represents
a milestone in OSA’s global program.
In December, OSA launched the Optics and Photonics Latin America
to serve the needs of optics professionals
in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The website’s purpose is threefold: It
is intended as an online repository of
regional news, an electronic networking
tool and a shared community in which
individuals and organizations can contribute news, ideas and information.
This year alone, optics professionals
will meet in Colombia, Mexico, Peru,
Chile and Brazil. Large numbers of leaders and researchers in the optical sciences
and engineering will gather to share
their most recent research and expand
the breadth of their regional scientific
leadership initiatives. These meetings
constitute the ideal setting not only for
presenting world-class scientific results
but also for sharing fresh ideas and finding new partnerships and collaboration.
With advanced research facilities distributed over eight million square miles and
a thriving human capital, Latin America
is an emerging region with plenty of opportunities for the daring entrepreneur.
Latin American individuals represent about 5 percent of the total OSA
membership. Of these, more than half
are highly engaged student members
organized in 34 chapters. Regionally,
membership from Latin American countries has seen outstanding growth—the
number of regular and student members
Optics and Photonics
Latin America show-
cases the people, news
and organizations that
make Latin America a
source of scientific dis-
covery and innovation.
has nearly doubled since 2006. Clearly,
the human capital in Latin America
represents a strategic asset for any global
organization, and it plays a particularly
important role in the future of OSA.
Distributed throughout eight coun-
tries, the OSA student member commu-
nity from Latin America constitutes one
of the most enthusiastic groups within
OSA. Students actively engage in volun-
teering projects, both in their respective
countries and also as ambassadors for
their student chapters overseas. This
is an outstanding feat if one considers
that 24 of the Latin American student
chapters were established between 2007
and 2011 alone. Surely this new genera-
tion of optics professionals—with its
mix of talent and passion—is bound to
play a very significant role in shaping the
prospective world of optics.
Carlos López-Mariscal ( email@example.com) is
a research scientist with the chemistry division
of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory. Alvaro
Casas-Bedoya ( firstname.lastname@example.org) is a Ph.D.
student in the optofluidics group at the University of Sydney, Australia. The authors are avid
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