Lyndsay Meyer
The Optical Society

OSA Foundation Receives $250,000 Donation from IPG Photonics for Siegman International School on Lasers

Siegman School on Lasers logoWASHINGTON, May 23, 2013—The OSA Foundation has received a $250,000 donation from IPG Photonics (IPG) for the Siegman International School on Lasers Endowment. The gift provided by IPG will help permanently establish the program, modeled after the summer school program that first took place in 2011 at the Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics (CIOMP). The donation will go toward providing world-class lecturers, important student travel grants and achievement awards as well as other general programming costs. In recognition of this significant contribution, IPG has been named co-founder of the school.
The program provides an opportunity for graduate students to present their own research to their peers, learn from an international group of accomplished speakers, and network with other students in the field of optics. Each year, the school will take place in a different region of the world, bringing world-class education to students who may not have had access to such resources otherwise. Students interested in attending will have their applications reviewed by a program committee for approval.
“The Siegman International School on Lasers will provide students from across the globe with an opportunity to advance their education, foster future collaboration, and promote research and engineering for the optical community,” said Michael Morris, OSA Foundation board chair. “IPG’s generosity has made this important initiative a reality and we look forward to our continuing partnership in this endeavor.”
The fundraising campaign for the Siegman International School on Lasers, launched in January of 2012, is named in honor of Anthony E. Siegman, past president of the Optical Society (OSA) and founding member of the OSA Foundation Board. Siegman passed away in October 2011 at the age of 79.
 “IPG is honored to support the Siegman International School on Lasers,” said Valentin P. Gapontsev, chairman and chief executive officer of IPG. “The future of the laser industry depends on tomorrow’s scientists and innovators; IPG is happy to provide some of the building blocks for their success.”
The first Siegman International Summer School on Lasers will take place in summer 2014. For more information, visit the OSA Foundation website.

About the OSA Foundation

The OSA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation established by the Optical Society (OSA) in 2002 to carry out charitable activities that support OSA’s mission of promoting the generation, application, archiving and worldwide dissemination of knowledge in optics and photonics. The Foundation helps cultivate the next generation of leaders and innovators in the optics and photonics community as they move through advanced degree programs and become active members of research and engineering communities around the globe. The Foundation also works to secure OSA Awards and Honors program endowments. To date, the Foundation has awarded more than 800 grants, scholarships, and prizes benefiting thousands of individuals in more than 55 countries. Donations to the OSA Foundation are matched dollar-for-dollar by OSA. For more information, visit

Funding and Sponsorship for the Siegman School

Funding for the Siegman International School on Lasers is supported through donations from generous individuals and organizations. Contributions help provide world-class lecturers, important student travel grants and achievement awards as well as offset other general programming costs. Donations to the Siegman International School on Lasers Endowment are accepted at

About IPG Photonics

IPG Photonics Corporation is the world leader in high-power fiber lasers and amplifiers. Founded in 1990, IPG pioneered the development and commercialization of optical fiber-based lasers for use in a wide range of applications such as materials processing, advanced applications, telecommunications and medical applications. Fiber lasers have revolutionized the industry by delivering superior performance, reliability and usability at a lower total cost of ownership compared with conventional lasers, allowing end users to increase productivity and decrease operating costs. IPG has its headquarters in Oxford, Massachusetts, and has additional plants and offices throughout the world. For more information, please visit