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Elizabeth A. Rogan

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Awards & Distinctions

Liz Rogan has served as Optica's Chief Executive Officer (CEO) since 2002. Her tenure is anchored by nearly 30 years of strategic, management, and operational leadership roles, including serving as Chief Operating Officer (COO) for five years.

As CEO, Liz directs the Society's strategy and a US$50M yearly budget. She also manages a US$150M reserve for Optica and its Foundation, overseeing 170 staff members. She's grown Optica's global presence, expanded membership and student programs, and broadened its customer base.  Recent efforts include emphasizing quantum research and technology with the launch of the Optica Quantum and the conference Quantum 2.0.

As the representative and advocate of the Society, Liz embodies Optica and its Board's mission to honor the endeavors of technical and scientific pioneers. Guided by her leadership, Optica collaborates with professionals applying and advancing optic and photonic technologies to meet global demands. Liz and her team are committed to serving members, volunteers and the worldwide community engaged in the invention and innovation of light-based technologies poised to solve global challenges and improve our lives.

In 2019, Liz earned the distinction of Optica Fellow, a recognition of her tenure at Optica and industry-wide leadership in optics and photonics. Her leadership has enhanced diversity, inclusivity, and member participation within the community. 

Liz joined the first class of Foreign Fellows of the Chinese Optical Society in 2018. This distinction, bestowed upon individuals with significant contributions to the advancement of optics and photonics, remains one of Liz's most treasured professional acknowledgments.

A certified public accountant, Liz earned her B.A. from the University of Connecticut, U.S., and is an alumnus of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business Executive Education programs.

Contact the Office of the CEO:; +1 202.416.1467

Document Created: 26 Jul 2023
Last Updated: 17 Oct 2023

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