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Lifetime Donors

We recognize the Optica Foundation's highest level donors--both individuals and companies--whose generosity has strengthened our ability to serve our community. All amounts are USD.


Donald Ray Scifres
Milton & Rosalind Chang
Patricia Wakeling


Gary C. and Carolyn M. Bjorklund (Founding Donor)
Coherent Corp.
Corning Inc.
Joseph W. and Hon Mai Goodman (Founding Donor)
Google LLC
IPG Photonics Corporation
The Sawchuk Family Foundation (Founding Donor)
Thorlabs Inc.
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Gary Bjorklund
“I’m proud of working with the society to create the foundation 20 years ago, which continues to empower our next generation.”


Gary Bjorklund 1998 Optica President,
Founding Donor
Bjorklund Enterprises

Meta Platforms Inc.
Janet S. Fender and John L. Otten
Elsa Garmire & Robert H. Russell
Edmund Optics
Innolight Technology USA Inc.
Intel Corporation
Burton McMurty (Deceased)
NEOPhotonics Corp.
Elizabeth A. Rogan
Jannick Rolland
The Welch Family Fund (Founding Donor)
Alice Sinclair

Janet Fender
"I’m delighted to partner with the foundation to create a network of women scholars in optics and photonics."


Janet Fender
1997 Optica President
US Air Force (Retired)
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