Published: 8 December 2015, 15:45 | By: Christian Helgert
The Optical Society (OSA) is the leading US professional society for scientists, engineers, students and business leaders who fuel discoveries and accelerate achievements in the science of light. To achieve these goals, OSA provides an extensive global network of professionals in optics and photonics. Annually, OSA announces a list of OSA members which are elected as the newest class of OSA fellow members or "OSA Fellows". These Fellows are elected by OSA's board of directors for their significant contributions to the advancement of optics and photonics.
Again, an optical scientist from Jena managed to be appointed such an OSA Fellow: ACP principal scientist Stefan Nolte was one of 77 appointed Fellows in 2016. OSA President Philip Russell said: "The 2016er Fellows are excellent examples of leading innovators in the field of optics and photonics." "They are a group of talented, experienced members, of which we are very proud," added Elizabeth Rogan, CEO of OSA.
An OSA committee has checked in advance the professional reputation of the proposed candidates with reference to several factors such as academic achievement, number of significant publications and patents. The claims are very high, since no more than 0.4 percent of OSA members can be appointed Fellow per year. Overall, the number of Fellows is limited to a maximum of 10 percent of the members.
In addition to the recognition that comes with this award, the Fellows receive travel grants for visits and lectures in developing countries: "This is a particularly remarkable special feature of the award, which I appreciate" says Nolte. "Even if I have no definite plans, I would like to give in developing countries presentations and to exchange with other scientists new ideas. I am very pleased to have received this award from the OSA" says the Jena physicist.
The Optical Society (OSA) was founded in 1916 and currently has more than 19,000 members from over 80 countries. OSA's mission is to promote the generation, application and archiving of knowledge in optics and photonics and to disseminate this knowledge worldwide.