Since its founding in 1916, the OSA has been the world’s leading champion for optics and photonics, uniting and educating scientists, engineers, educators, technicians, and business leaders worldwide to foster and promote technical and professional development. It’s mission is to to promote the generation, application and archiving of knowledge in optics and photonics and to disseminate this knowledge worldwide. The purposes of the Society are scientific, technical and educational. OSA’s commitment to excellence and long-term learning is the driving force behind all its initiatives.
Fellows of the OSA are members who have served with distinction in the advancement of optics and photonics through distinguished contributions to education, research, engineering, business, and society. The number of Fellows is limited to be no more than 10% of the current OSA membership, and the number elected each year is limited to approximately 0.5% of the current membership total.