growing and under-represented regions
that were not a strong part of the OSA
when I became a member.
Finally, as a member who has spent
the majority of his career working in
industry while still maintaining an active
research portfolio, I believe there are
many new opportunities for the more senior leadership within OSA to give back
to those just starting their careers.
One of my main goals will be to work
with those looking to start their careers in
optics or who have yet to establish themselves with leadership positions in OSA by
supporting venues for participation and
leadership growth opportunities through:
1) revitalizing the technical group structure to allow for professional advancement
via committee service; 2) continuing to
expand OSA student chapters to grow the
next generations of leaders within OSA; 3)
establishing a higher level of visibility of
the OSA Young Professionals for further
career-building opportunities; and 4) supporting a higher level of opportunities for
career growth through venues such as the
OSA Network of Entrepreneurs.
It has been a pleasure to have served
OSA as a committed member for these
past three decades. The future of the
society appears to be very bright, and
I believe that I can add to its growth
through my experiences and leadership. I
look forward to even more opportunities
through which I can serve in the future
if elected to the OSA Board of Directors.
Robin (Rob) Risser
Advanced Photonix Inc./Picometrix LLC, U.S.A.
Over the years, I have had the privilege
of touching many aspects of the optics
industry around the world—from the
basic research conducted at universi-
ties, to corporate applied research and
development, to advanced optical test
instrumentation, to optics and pho-
tonics manufacturing, to the sophis-
ticated optical network that enables
worldwide connectivity, to advanced
optical equipment that protects our
homelands, to the halls of our govern-
ment technology policy makers, and
to the floor of the New York Stock
Exchange that provides financial
resources to our industry.
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winners, we’ll ask our readers to
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Winners will be showcased
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