National Capital Section
of the Optical Society of America

2015: The International Year of Light

Eighth 2012-2013 meeting of the
National Capital Section of the Optical Society of America
at the University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Kim Engineering Building

Friday, April 17, 2015, 2:30 PM - 7:00 PM

A joint meeting with the:
• UM OSA/SPIE Student Chapter
• DC-Northern VA Chapter of the IEEE Photonics Society
• Baltimore Chapter of the IEEE Photonics Society

The National Capital Section of the Optical Society is co-sponsoring a student poster competition at the University of Maryland. Undergraduate and graduate students will display posters of their current research and answer questions. Posters will be judged and cash prizes awarded. The author of the first place poster will receive a $300 award.

The event will begin with a featured talk by Dr. Marina Leite, University of Maryland. Posters will be displayed in the atrium of the Kim Building after the lecture. There will be refreshments for attendees.

A flyer for the poster session is below.

Kim Engineering Building, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

2:30 PM - Lecture by Dr. Marina Lee
3:30 PM - Presentation of Posters
5:30 PM - Posters / Social Mixer with refreshments
7:00 PM - Announcement of Winners

Jim Heany,
301-286-9133 and

John Burris,
(301) 614-6031

DIRECTIONS to the Kim Building, University of Maryland:
Take the Capital Beltway (Rt. 495) to College Part (Rt.1) exit 25. Go about two and a half miles south and turn right at the entrance to the University of Maryland campus onto Campus Drive. Once inside, take your first right. The Jeong H. Kim Building will be on your left just after crossing Stadium Drive. After 4 PM, the free XX1,XX2 and XX5 lots are available for visitors. Be careful not to park in an E, EE or T lot as they carry $75 fines for unauthorized use. Check the parking signs to be sure you are in the right parking lot. Pay parking is available in the Paint Branch Drive visitors’ pay parking lot ($3 per hour) on the left just beyond the Jeong H. Kim Building.

From Route One coming from the South, turn LEFT onto Campus Drive and merge onto the rightmost lane.
Make the first possible right, pass Stadium Drive, and the Jeong H. Kim Building will be on your left side.

For a campus map see
Please note that there is plenty of free parking after 4:00 PM.

UPCOMING MEETINGS - Please save the dates.

Membership Dues for 2014-2015 - Dues for the National Capital Section are free during the first year of membership. After the first year, dues are $10 per year. If you have not yet paid, please send $10 ($5 for students) to the NCS/OSA secretary at the address given below. Any questions, please call (301) 286-0690 or e-mail


Our National Capital Section is now busily engaged with sending judges to the regional science fairs in the Washington-Baltimore areas including the surrounding counties. Our judges will select “Winners in Optics and Photonics” from among the many participating students. These selected winners plus one parent will be our guests at the traditional awards banquet that our NCS/OSA sponsors in May. We know that many of you have supported this banquet over the years and have enjoyed engaging with the students who bring their projects for display and discussion. But our ability to find those students who truly deserve to be awarded relies completely on the volunteer judges who donate a precious Saturday morning of their time during March and April to visit the regional fairs. We try to send at least two judges to each fair and to not ask any volunteer to attend more than one fair, although many do judge more than one fair. So, we appeal to you to contact Peter Blake (301-286-4211; or Jim Heaney (301-286-9133; , to help us to cover the several county science fairs as we work toward another successful outreach into our local home communities.

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Previous Meeting Announcements

Legacy NCS-OSA Website

NCS-OSA 2015 Annual Student Poster Competition