March 17, 2011 - Student/Industry Forum

Student/Industry Forum

Location: Boston University

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The NES/OSA in association with the OSA Student Chapter at  Boston University, the IEEE Photonics Society and the Optical Society of America will be holding the second annual Forum on Optics Jobs in New England. The optics industry is invited to join area students to talk about what graduates can look forward to when they have completed their formal education. The program will include speakers sharing their insights and experience making the transition from student to industry.

Forum Speakers will include:

  • William Nelson - Retired
  • Keith Hinrichs - MIT Lincoln Labs
  • Gregg Favalora - Optics for Hire

The meeting will begin with networking including refreshments and a light meal, followed by a panel of up to four 10 min talks and a Q&A session, finishing with time for further discussions. Our industry panel will draw speakers from New England's diverse industrial base such as Aerospace, Metrology, Lighting and Bio-Medical.

We encourage our regular members to bring their stories, feel free to share any information about your companies or institutions, and we welcome postings for jobs or internships.


5:30 - 7:00 Networking time including light refreshments (Industry attendees will have an opportunity to introduce themselves to the group).

7:00 - 7:30 A light meal

7:30 - 8:00 Invited Talks with a Panel Discussion and Q&A

8:00 - 9:00 Time for additional conversations


DINNER reservations are required by noon, March 13, 2011, the Sunday before the meeting. MEETING ONLY reservations are required by noon, March 16, 2010, the day before the meeting.

Please make reservations online. Reservations may also be left on the answering machine at 617.584.0266. We no longer have an email address for reservations due to SPAM. When making reservation requests, please provide the following information:

  • DINNER AND MEETING or meeting only
  • Name(s) and membership status
  • Daytime phone number where you can be reached (in case of change or cancellation)


Boston University Photonics Center (9th floor Colloquium room)
8 Saint Mary's St.
Boston, MA [Map]

Networking—5:45 PM, Dinner—6:30, Meeting—7:30 PM.


Plenty of street parking is available around the Photonics Center, particularly on Cummington Street which is a small side street parallel to Commonwealth Ave.  Meters are free after 6:00.  From Cummington Street, enter the building at the far west end of the street (110 Cummington St) and follow signs through that building into the Photonics Center.


Meeting attendance is free.

Dinner Prices:

Members and their guests $15  each
Students No Charge   
Non-members $15



Vegetarian option available on request

General Information on NES/OSA Meetings

Cancellations and No-shows:

If the meeting must be canceled for any reason, we will try to call you at the phone number you leave with your reservation. Official notice of cancellation will be on our answering machine.

We have to pay for the dinners reserved as of the Tuesday before the meeting, so no-shows eat into our cash reserve. If you will not be able to attend, please let us know as early as possible. Otherwise, no-shows will be billed.

Membership Rates:

Regular members $15.00
Student members free



NOTE: The extra $5.00 of the non-member dinner fee can be used toward membership dues if the nonmember joins and pays dues for the current year at the meeting.