19 DECEMBER 2013 OPTICS & PHOTONICS NEWS
Looking Back, Looking Ahead
This year marks the end of Stephen Fantone’s 18-year term as
OSA Treasurer, but it won’t be the last we see of him.
Fantone has been an OSA member for 40 years and has served on the Board
of Directors and the Executive Committee
from 1996–2013. To recognize and honor his
contributions, the society recently renamed
the service award to the Stephen D. Fantone
Distinguished Service Award. When he’s
not volunteering his time to OSA, Fantone
is the president of Optikos Corp., Wakefield,
Mass., U.S.A., and is a senior lecturer in the
mechanical engineering department at MIT.
What has serving as OSA Treasurer
for 18 years meant to you?
I have been very lucky to have the opportunity to work with the icons of my profession across the “full spectrum” of optical
endeavors. It has been extremely satisfying
to watch the organization grow and enjoy
success in so many different ways. I have
made many friends among the staff, volunteers and membership.
What have you learned
from this experience?
I watched volunteers come into the presidential chain with a broad range of backgrounds
and organizational governance experience.
Each and every person embraced the challenges presented to them and grew through
their OSA experience. Working with them
through this transformational process
and their successful presidential year was
particularly satisfying on both a professional
and personal level.
What’s next for you?
Completing my term as Treasurer is not an
exit from OSA—I will continue my involvement with the OSA Foundation as well as the
Audit and Investment Committees. I am also
looking forward to being available to attend
more technical sessions at meetings!
Sarah Michaud is OPN’s associate editor.
the mortgage” at
creation of the
personal check to
become the first life
member of OSA
Participating in the
first OSA delegation
Seeing the OSA/
Joe Eberly on the
length of our meeting
Meeting many of
the 31 OSA members
who have won
( 16 occurred while
I was Treasurer).