The Optical Society

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The Optical Society (OSA) is a professional association in optics and photonics. It aims to promote the generation, application, and archiving of knowledge in optics and photonics and to disseminate this knowledge worldwide. OSA unites and educated scientists, engineers, educators, technicians, and business leaders.

TypePrivate
Founded1916
HQWashington, DC, US
Websiteosa.org
Employee Ratings3.2

Latest Updates

Employees (est.) (Jun 2022)474(-1%)
Revenue (FY, 2019)$49.5 M(+11%)
Cybersecurity ratingCMore
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Key People/Management at The Optical Society

Sean Bagshaw

Sean Bagshaw

Chief Operating Officer & Chief Information Officer
Satoshi Kawata

Satoshi Kawata

President
P. Scott Carney

P. Scott Carney

Chief Science and Technology Officer
Michal Lipson

Michal Lipson

President-Elect
George Bayz

George Bayz

Treasurer
Genaro Montanez

Genaro Montanez

Chief of Employee and Membership Engagement Officer
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The Optical Society Office Locations

The Optical Society has an office in Washington
Washington, DC, US (HQ)
2010 Massachusetts Ave NW
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The Optical Society Financials and Metrics

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Founding Date

1916
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The Optical Society Revenue

The Optical Society's revenue was reported to be $49.55 m in FY, 2019
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Revenue (FY, 2019)

49.5m

Net income (FY, 2019)

3.4m
USDFY, 2018FY, 2019

Revenue

44.8m49.5m

General and administrative expense

18.8m20.6m

Operating expense total

42.4m46.1m

Net Income

2.4m3.4m
USDFY, 2018FY, 2019

Accounts Receivable

1.1m1.4m

Prepaid Expenses

1.7m1.7m

Inventories

51.4k46.3k

PP&E

16.5m14.9m
USDFY, 2018

Revenue/Employee

94.6k

Financial Leverage

1.3 x
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The Optical Society Cybersecurity Score

Cybersecurity ratingPremium dataset

C

77/100

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The Optical Society Online and Social Media Presence

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The Optical Society News and Updates

Optica Foundation Announces a US$10,000 Scholarship for Women in Optics

The Optica Foundation announces the Optica Women Scholars. The program provides visibility, community, and resources for 20 women annually via financial support of US$10,000. Additionally, they will receive professional development resources from the society, including membership and mentorship. By …

Optica and the University of Arizona Wyant College of Optical Sciences Honor Jean M. Bennett with Endowed Chair

Optica, the society advancing optics and photonics worldwide, and the University of Arizona James C. Wyant College of Optical Sciences today announced the establishment of The Jean M. Bennett Optica Endowed Chair. Through the endowment of a chair, Optica has partnered with James C. Wyant to support …

Optica Congratulates 2021 Queen Elizabeth Prize Recipients Shuji Nakamura, Nick Holonyak, Jr. and Russell Dupuis

Optica, the society advancing optics and photonics worldwide, celebrates the achievements of three members who have been awarded the 2021 Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering (QEPrize). Nobel Laureate Shuji Nakamura and Optica Fellows Nick Holonyak Jr. and Russell Dupuis, are among the winners of t…

Researchers Use Electrically Responsive Fluid to Make Eye-Like Adaptive Lens

Researchers have developed an adaptive liquid lens based on a new electrically responsive fluid called dibutyl adipate (DBA) that changes focal length when a voltage is applied. The lens is lightweight, compact and simple to fabricate, which makes it ideal for mobile phone cameras, endoscopes, eyegl…

Keri Gilder of Colt Technology to Headline Optica Executive Forum

Optica Executive Forum, a 1-day event for C-suite level executives in optical networking and communications will feature Keri Gilder, CEO, Colt Technology Services as its keynote speaker. The in-person event will be held 07 March 2022 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront in San Diego, CA.

Researchers Use Ghost Imaging to Speed Up X-ray Fluorescence Chemical Mapping

Researchers have developed a new, focus-free technique for creating chemical maps using x-ray fluorescence. The approach offers fast, high-resolution measurements, which could be useful for analyzing chemical composition for a range of applications in biomedicine, materials science, archeology, art …
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The Optical Society Blogs

Optica, MRS and SPIE Announce Newest Congressional Science and Engineering Fellows

Optica, Advancing Optics and Photonics Worldwide, the Materials Research Society (MRS) and SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, have announced the selection of the 2022-23 Congressional Science and Engineering Fellows: Sindhu Nathan and Clara Tibbetts. The Congressional Fellowsh…

Optica’s Quantum 2.0 Convenes Leaders Across the Quantum Ecosystem

From quantum computing to advanced quantum imaging technologies, applications for quantum simulation, Quantum 2.0 brought together all aspects of the quantum ecosystem.

AI-Based Image Analysis Automatically Detects Serious Heart Condition

Researchers have developed a new artificial intelligence (AI) method that can automatically detect plaque erosion in the heart’s arteries using optical coherence tomography (OCT) images.

20 Exceptional Students Named Optica Foundation Optica Women Scholars

The Optica Foundation announces the inaugural class of Women Scholars to provide visibility, community, and resources for women in optics and photonics through financial and industry resources, professional development and community.

Researchers Demonstrate 40-Channel Optical Communication Link

Researchers have develop a silicon-based optical communications link that can improve data-intensive internet applications from video streaming services to high-capacity transactions for the stock market. This device could enable the next generation of optical interconnects for use in data-center ne…

Researchers Demonstrate Quantum State Measurement in Silicon Carbide

Researchers have demonstrated a new technique that enables single-shot readout — a deterministic measurement of the quantum state — in the solid-state material silicon carbide. Christopher P. Anderson from the University of Chicago will present the new findings at the Optica Quantum 2.0 2022 confere…
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The Optical Society Frequently Asked Questions

  • When was The Optical Society founded?

    The Optical Society was founded in 1916.

  • Who are The Optical Society key executives?

    The Optical Society's key executives are Sean Bagshaw, Satoshi Kawata and P. Scott Carney.

  • How many employees does The Optical Society have?

    The Optical Society has 474 employees.

  • What is The Optical Society revenue?

    Latest The Optical Society annual revenue is $49.5 m.

  • What is The Optical Society revenue per employee?

    Latest The Optical Society revenue per employee is $104.5 k.

  • Who are The Optical Society competitors?

    Competitors of The Optical Society include American Physical Society, SPIE and CIEE (Council on International Education Exchange).

  • Where is The Optical Society headquarters?

    The Optical Society headquarters is located at 2010 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington.

  • Where are The Optical Society offices?

    The Optical Society has an office in Washington.

  • How many offices does The Optical Society have?

    The Optical Society has 1 office.