Member Programs

Join 488,000 other accomplished scientists, engineers, students, entrepreneurs and business leaders that make Optica their home.

Optica member programs provide you with opportunities to advance your scientific ambitions, expand your professional network and influence the future of optics and photonics worldwide. From cutting edge technical courses to professional development workshops for students through emeritus, membership has something for you at every step of your career. Join your business colleagues at Optica industry events and access quality information, unparalleled professional networking, and unique opportunities to grow your business.

Connect with colleagues and thought leaders while forging new collaborative partnerships. Optica structures meetings with live and on-demand technical content to accommodate your schedule.

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5G Summit and Webinar Series 

Examine key critical 5G and beyond technologies that are becoming core business features.

Mid-Managers Summit
The is a professional development program designed for those in middle management positions.
Early Career Professionals 
The Society offers a variety of programs and resources for our Early Career Professional members.
Education Outreach
Check out our optical experiments to bring educational 
entertainment to the family while teaching them some physics!
Engineer Programs 
The Society connects you to a world of engineering research and a wealth of information at your fingertips. 
Executive Forum
The premier annual event for leaders in optical networking and communications
Industry Workshops
A unique opportunity for speakers and the audience to strengthen collaborations across the ecosystem and build a more effective business.
Sponsored Webinars 

Reach your target market and generate new business leads.

Student Programs
Get access to career building networking opportunities, industry defining conferences and events, and to cutting edge research.
Technology Showcases
Looking for new products for your organization and information about the latest technology? Get an in-depth look as Optica corporate members present and explain their cutting-edge technologies. 
How to become a Senior Member

25 January 2023, 4:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Join us for this informational session on the qualifications to become a Optica Senior Member. Learn about the application process, reference letters, personal statements and more. Nominate yourself or a colleague today!

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How to become a Senior Member

15 February 2023, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Join us for this informational session on the qualifications to become a Optica Senior Member. Learn about the application process, reference letters, personal statements and more. Nominate yourself or a colleague today!

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How to become a Senior Member

25 November 2022, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Join us for this informational session on the qualifications to become a Optica Senior Member. Learn about the application process, reference letters, personal statements and more. Nominate yourself or a colleague today!

Five Tips for Writing Winning Grant Proposals

On Demand

15 November 2022, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

More than half of proposals are rejected for being “non-responsive.” This is because many scientists make the mistake of believing that a grant is a “grade”—that if their research is good enough, then a reviewer will give them money based solely on the merit of their research. The quality of a proposal is irrelevant, though, if the proposed research project does not align with the goals and purpose of the funding agency. A compelling grant proposal must be responsive to the topic, engaging to read, and easy to understand. This webinar presents five critical things a researcher can do to craft proposals that rise to the top of a reviewer’s stack.

Preparing for your Industry Career While Still in University

On Demand

06 October 2022, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Working in industry is different than academic research in some important ways. Chances are, your advisor has only worked in academia and is not able to help you prepare for an industry career. I’ll give you some ideas for preparing for that career while you are still in university, so that you sound much more industry-ready in that first interview. Learning Outcomes This webinar will teach the participants the following: 1. How working in industry is different than academic research 2. Tools that industry uses but you probably haven’t learned in university 3. How to make your dissertation project sound more relevant to an industry hiring manager

Depth map estimation in 6G mmWave systems

On Demand

04 October 2022, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Characterization of Millimeter-wave channels is important to enable simulations, modeling and design of future radio systems. This talk presents how the NIST Communications Technology Laboratory is leveraging innovative measurement methods and equipment to shed light on millimeter wave propagation in real world environments.

GENERATION Z AND BEYOND - Co-evolution of human capabilities and intelligent technologies in the 21st century

22 September 2022, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

In the future digital technology will become an embedded enabler in everything. What if we started to design ICT for empowerment, equality, social sustainability, or democracy, instead of designing for capacity, speed, or effectiveness? Would it change how we see the role of technology in our everyday life? Would we have better products and services? Would we have more resilient societies?

Optical Communications: Innovations and Applications Abound

On Demand

15 September 2022, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Optical communications has enjoyed tremendous impact over the past 50 years. Relatively soon after the concrete proposal of optical fiber communications was reported and the low-loss fiber was demonstrated, fiber-based communications dramatically impacted the way society transfers information. However, there are other key areas beyond fiber-based communications that were also envisioned ~50 years ago but are only recently emerging. Such emergence is due to enhanced capacity needs and critical innovations, including advances in photonic integrated circuits (PICs). This webinar will highlight various examples of the innovations and emerging applications of optical communications, including: 1. Free-space optical communications: As opposed to RF, optical links have high directionality and large bandwidth. There is great excitement in the recent emergence of deployed free-space optical links, be they through air or outer-space. Moreover, due to the extremely high losses of RF, even underwater links in the blue-green are gaining significant interest. Also to be discussed is capacity enhancement using multiplexing of multiple orthogonal beams. 2. Non-conventional wavelengths: Fiber systems are overwhelmingly in the near-IR, whereas free-space links can take advantage of a much wider frequency range, from THz to visible. Such systems may utilize: (a) native high-speed components, and/or (b) wavelength-band conversion of near-IR channels to other frequencies. 3. Optical signal processing (OSP): OSP has long held the promise of high-speed operation and the avoidance of inefficient optical-electrical-optical conversion. Although OSP deployment has been limited, advances in PICs, power efficiency and multi-wavelength operation may soon enable the emergence of OSP for high-performance functions.

European 6G Flagship Hexa-X update on 6G

On Demand

24 August 2022, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

European 6G Flagship Hexa-X has been working since Jan 2021 with a strong participation from both industry and academia. The Hexa-X vision is to connect human, physical, and digital worlds with a fabric of 6G key enablers. This talk will present the latest results from Hexa-X, including updated use cases for 6G, initial E2E architecture, addressing sustainability needs as well as updated technical enablers on 6G radio and sensing, connected intelligence and addressing vertical industry needs. More on Hexa-X from

Designing Your Own Career Path in the Private Sector

10 August 2022, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Scientists and engineers often struggle to plan a private sector career. Most of our professors have no experience designing an industry career path and can’t help us. I recall my own advisor telling me “If you go into industry, you are on your own!” But it’s not as hard as it seems to design a career path that is exciting, rewarding, and most of all, fits your own personal strengths and interests. In this webinar Dr. Giltner will teach you the process. Dr. Giltner has used his own career and have taught to many others.

IPv6-based 5G/6G, IoT, Cloud Computing and Blockchain

25 July 2022, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

The new internet based on IPv6 The IPv6 Deployment worldwide is becoming a reality now with some countries achieving more than 60% user penetration with France (70%), Belgium (63%), USA (50%) and India (60%) at the top ranking ( and reaching double digits v6 coverage on Google IPv6 stats. May Autonomous Networks (ASN) reach more than 90% with v6 preferred or v6 capable: ( Over 2.5 Billion users are accessing Internet over IPv6 and probably not even knowing it. ( If this trend continues, we should achieve 90% by 2025 which would be the inflection point when the full roll-out of IPv6 becomes a strategic plumbing decision of the networks to move to IPv6-Only and start divorcing IPv4 from the Internet. The US Government has already set some dates to move to IPv6-Only by 2025. New topics are more on the lime light such as Cloud Computing, Internet of Things, 5G/6G, … However, these fields are taking IP networking for granted designing them on IPv4/NAT building non-scalable and non-end to end solutions. The IPv6 Forum is driving new initiatives to garner support and create awareness in these areas:

Towards 6G: Massive MIMO is a Reality – What is Next?

On Demand

16 June 2022, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Associate professor Emil Björnson introduces the Massive MIMO concept, explains how it will be used in 5G, and what is next. In particular, he explains how to conduct forward-looking 6G research.

Can a Scientist be a Good Entrepreneur?

On Demand

14 June 2022, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

To many people, the career path of a scientist and of an entrepreneur seem very different. But in fact, many scientists have become very successful entrepreneurs. Have you thought about starting your own company and creating something to make the world a better place? Dr. Giltner will relay lessons from successful scientists turned entrepreneurs to teach you what you need to know and what you need to watch out for!

5G Spectrum Sharing: A Network Economics View

25 May 2022, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

The evolution of commercial wireless networks to 5G and beyond will continue to increase the demands for wireless spectrum. Traditionally, commercial wireless service providers have utilized spectrum that is exclusively licensed to them. Moving forward, these networks will increasingly operate in spectrum that is shared including utilizing unlicensed spectrum and the tiered sharing approach recently adopted for the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) adopted for sharing the 3.5 GHZ band with incumbent users. The success of these approaches is in turn tightly coupled to the economic impact they have on the competition between wireless service providers. In this talk we will discuss a framework for gaining insight into these impacts based on game theoretic models for competition with congestible resources. We will utilize this framework to illustrate potential impacts of different emerging sharing scenarios.

Integrated quantum photonic platform by femtosecond laser waveguide writing

On Demand

29 April 2022, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

The field of quantum photonics promises to revolutionize the way in which we process information, thanks to the peculiar and counterintuitive properties of quantum states of light. In this regard, the use of photonic integrated circuits (PICs) will enable the miniaturization of the experimental setup needed for the generation, manipulation, and detection of single photons, beneficial for achieving a stable and scalable operation. During this talk, the role of femtosecond laser waveguide writing in the field of quantum photonics will be discussed. This microfabrication platform, based on the nonlinear interaction between an ultrafast laser and a transparent substrate, provides unique advantages, such as the possibility of inscribing complex three-dimensional waveguiding structures with low losses and a polarization insensitive behavior. After a general introduction, some selected applications of fs laser written PICs will be reported, mainly in the field of quantum information processing and quantum artificial intelligence with photons.

Engineering Challenges with Augmented Reality Smart Glasses

On Demand

29 April 2022, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

There are many challenges to provide comfortable, enjoyable and immersive AR experience with an eyewear. These challenges are overcome by adapting the display/optical engine to the human visual system. In this webinar, I will talk about FOV, motion-to-photon latency, angular resolution, world locking, MTF, waveguide combiners; such are the backbone of the functionality and performance of an AR glass.

Complex optical components based on geometric phase

On Demand

28 April 2022, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Many areas in Photonics demand the design and construction of complex optical systems that require overcoming challenges in control, efficiency, and miniaturization, which are not possible to achieve with the usual diffractive and refractive elements. Recently, a promising type of optics has emerged that exploits the geometric phase (GP) shift also known as Pancharatnam–Berry phase to modify wavefronts or shaping beams by introducing spatially varying anisotropy. GP promises a new generation of electro-optical elements with arbitrary phase profiles that potentially can overcome those challenges and be incorporated into a wide variety of modern optical systems to have improvements in a wide range of applications.

Plasmonic (metal) nanostructures and their applications in nanophotonics

On Demand

28 April 2022, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Plasmonic nanostructures are extremely interesting for their resonant and waveguiding properties, and their ability to concentrate and enhance optical fields. These fundamental properties have driven the exploration of many applications, including nanoscale optoelectronic devices (lasers, detectors, modulators, beam steering devices), biosensors for disease detection, or the rendering of colours for decorative or security purposes. The talk will present an overview of such applications, while discussing salient features of this exciting field, which has become central to the area of nanophotonics.

Designing achievable optical systems for the lab and for space

On Demand

28 April 2022, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Careful design work at the beginning of a project can make for a faster overall design process and less pain down the road. These steps include careful requirement writing, testing plans, error budgets, tolerance analysis, and project risk assessments. This presentation will give a broad overview of these engineering concepts, with examples of how to apply them to projects from graduate research to space telescope design. This talk is aimed at younger Optica members or for members from a physics or pure science background that now operate in engineering roles.

Discover a surprising career path in international standards development

On Demand

27 April 2022, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

What is a standard? Why do we need it? And what is standardization all about? Dr. Jun Shan Wey will share her experience working on Passive Optical Networks to convince you that standards development can be an exciting career path.

Optical research at primarily undergraduate institutions: Ultrafast fiber lasers & negative curvature optical fibers

On Demand

26 April 2022, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Conducting research in optical sciences often require expensive and complicated equipment, and dedicated workforce. In this talk, Dr. Akosman will discuss aspects of his own career, which has oscillated between teaching several engineering courses and forming an undergraduate research team at Roger Williams University. Lasers laboratory at RWU currently runs two main optical research projects on ultrafast fiber lasers and negative curvature fibers, and supported by several agencies.

Are you an explorer or a settler? Career strategies in optical networking

On Demand

26 April 2022, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

With 5G ramping up, enabling groundbreaking services, and opening up business opportunities, it’s a great time to talk about optical fiber networks and recall that they are at the foundation of mobile connectivity. While we mostly use mobile devices to connect to the network, all this data from phone and video calls, streaming, and social media is aggregated at a nearby site and converted to/from optical signals carried over optical fiber. Optical networks ensure efficient transmission of large data volumes with low latency – across a city, a state, a continent, or even an ocean. And as requirements for bandwidth and differentiated services go up, optical networks continue to evolve. In this webinar, Teresa Monteiro will discuss current challenges in optical networking and the diversity of skills and profiles required to advance this domain. She will also share aspects of her own career, which started in high-energy physics and evolved to optical system engineering, product management, and solution marketing and communications. There have been times in Teresa’s career when she settled and other times when she laced up the hiking boots to explore. What will your journey be like?

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