OSA Rochester Section

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


  The 100th Anniversary of the OSA Rochester Section
It was Novemeber 18th, 1915 when nine Rochester scientists met at the University of Rochester: four from Eastman Koak Co., four from Bausch & Lomb, and one from the University

Recent Advances in Vision Science



Len Zheleznyak


In its evolution from a military technology, to astronomy, and finally to vision science, adaptive optics has enabled scientists to uncover fundamental mechanisms of sight, monitor drug efficacy, and produce stunning in-vivo images of hitherto hidden retinal structure.  In this talk, Len will discuss the key concepts behind adaptive optics and wavefront sensing. We will subsequently explore recent high-impact applications of adaptive optics in vision science. 


Enjoy this talk on Tuesday, November 17th at 7PM.

  Optics Suitcase Demo Contest! 

Up to $500 in prizes for a new optics suitcase demonstration

The optics suitcase project, started here in Rochester, NY, has delivered over one thousand hands on demo kits to students around the world and represents a significant outreach effort to the entire optics community.
OSA Rochester Section is leading the development of new demos or "theme packets" for the suitcase, and we want to go get the whole community involved. Download the contest guidelines for a complete list of requirements.



ROSA Newsletter

ROSA 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 new membership form online. We still support both online and traditional postal membership renewal methods. Miscellaneous questions can be answered by our secretary

Upcoming events

December 01, 2015 7:00 PM • UR/ LLE East Lobby
December 15, 2015 7:00 PM • UR/ LLE East Lobby

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