OSA Rochester Section

The Rochester Section of the Optical Society of America is a group of people 
in the optics industry who are interested in promoting the knowledge of optics in the local community.

The Second Century of the OSA Rochester Section
It was Novemeber 18th, 1915 when nine Rochester scientists met at the University of Rochester: four from Eastman Kodak Co., four from Bausch & Lomb, and one from the University.

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Dr. Gregory Quarles

Chief Scientist at The Optical Society

Topic: Global Optics and Photonics Market and Trends


Dr. Gregory Quarles was hired as the Chief Scientific Officer for The Optical Society in November of 2015. He is an experienced Chief Executive Officer, Board Member and renowned physicist with 25 years of experience driving cutting-edge laser, optics and photonics technology development and operations within advanced industrial companies. Greg is a globally recognized leader for his strategic partnerships with the Department of Defense, the U.S. Congress, and his innovative work in the progression of global materials research, specifically developing new laser devices for medical, military and industrial applications. He has also spent the past five years interacting with global leaders in the optics, photonics, and academic communities discussing policy opportunities. Greg has been awarded five patents related to his research in solid-state lasers, has two pending, and has published over 100 peer-reviewed and conference publications.

Greg was a founder, and was previously the COO and Managing Partner of EdgeLight Incorporated, a start-up enterprise pioneering wearable light therapy in Tucson, AZ. He has also managed his own consulting firm, as President and CEO of Opto-Electronics Management Network, since 2013, specializing in the lasers and materials industry, with primary focus on the defense, aerospace, and the nanomaterials sectors. Prior to starting this consulting business, Greg served as the CEO at B.E. Meyers & Co., Inc., a pioneering company in the development and manufacturing of opto-electronic technology and related products used in defense and law enforcement applications. His previous experience includes serving on 8 Corporate and not-for-profit Boards, including the OSA Board of Directors, working at II-VI Incorporated for 18 years, and the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory for 5 years. Dr. Quarles is a graduate of Oklahoma State University and holds a Ph.D. and MS in Physics, and a dual BS in Math and Physics and was inducted into the Oklahoma State University College of Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame in 2016. He has served as Assistant Editor for Optical Engineering and IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics and is a Fellow of both the OSA and SPIE.

Tuesday, April 24 2018, 5:30 pm

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60 Browns Race,

Rochester, NY 14614

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We appreciate the support of our Corporate Sponsors for ongoing educational outreach to the Rochester community by "increasing and diffusing the knowledge of optics and closely allied sciences". To become a corporate sponsor, please submit your information here: Become a Sponsor.





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Upcoming events

Please stay tuned for many events to be scheduled for the 2016-2017 year, including biweekly talks at URLLE, FiO Glass Art Contest, and many others!

OSA Rochester Section Newsletter

OSA Rochester Section sends out newsletters on occasion to keep our membership informed about our activities.  The most recent newsletter may be viewed and downloaded at the link below:

  Newsletters from previous months can be found in      the news section.

Educational Activities

The Rochester Section is active in the support of optics education in area schools. The Rochester Section developed its Optics Suitcase in 1999. The Optics Suitcase is an innovative, interactive presentation package designed to introduce middle school students to many of the concepts of optics as well as other sciences.

Information on Joining

For information on how to join, please see our membership form online. We still support both online and traditional postal membership renewal methods. Miscellaneous questions can be answered by our secretary

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