About the Sponsors

The resources for the 2018 Division B and C Optics Event are made possible with the generous support of the world's leading college and societies in optics and photonics.

CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics

CREOL, the College of Optics and Photonics at the University of Central Florida, is one of the world’s foremost institutions for research and education in optical and photonic science and engineering. CREOL started in 1987 as the Center for Research and Education in Optics and Lasers, and became a College in 2004, the first US graduate college in this area, offering interdisciplinary graduate programs leading to M. S. and Ph.D. degrees in Optics and Photonics. An undergraduate program offering a BS degree in Photonic Science and Engineering began in 2013 in partnership with the College of Engineering and Computer Science.

The College includes 34 faculty members, 16 faculty with joint appointments6 emeritus professors60 research scientists143 graduate students and 90 undergraduate students.

The faculty and students are engaged in research covering all aspects of optics and photonics including lasers; optical fibers; integrated photonics; nonlinear and quantum optics; and imaging, sensing and display. These technologies have applications in industry and manufacturing, communication and information technology, biology and medicine, energy and lighting, and defense and homeland security. Nanophotonics, attosecond optics, plasmonics, biophotonics and manufacturing are also areas of strength and planned future growth. The college is now home to the Center for Research and Education in Optics and Lasers (CREOL), Florida Photonics Center of Excellence (FPCE), Townes Laser Institute (TLI), and the Institute for the Frontier of Attosecond Science and Technology (iFAST).


The OSA Foundation

In keeping with its mission to promote the generation, application, archiving and worldwide dissemination of knowledge in optics and photonics, The Optical Society (OSA) established the OSA Foundation in 2002 to carry out a wide range of charitable activities.

The OSA Foundation is a non-profit organization that relies on the generous financial support of donors to help graduate students and early career professionals as they become active members of research, engineering and corporate communities around the globe.  Foundation-sponsored travel grants, prizes, scholarships, fellowships and programs are just some of the ways donor contributions directly benefit these innovators and leaders of tomorrow.  Enabled by engaged contributors like you, the Foundation also works to secure OSA Awards and Honors Program endowments. 

As has been the case since the OSA Foundation's earliest days, every donation is matched 100% by The Optical Society's contributions to the OSA Foundation's General Fund. OSA's commitment to the Foundation and its matching program allows every gift to make twice the impact! 


SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, was founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies.

Serving more than 264,000 constituents from approximately 166 countries, the not-for-profit society advances emerging technologies through interdisciplinary information exchange, continuing education, publications, patent precedent, and career and professional growth.

SPIE annually organizes and sponsors approximately 25 major technical forums, exhibitions, and education programs in North America, Europe, Asia, and the South Pacific.

In 2016, SPIE provided $4 million in support of education and outreach programs.

SPIE publishes the SPIE Digital Library, containing more than 450,000 research papers from the Proceedings of SPIE and the Society's 10 scholarly journals with around 18,000 new papers added each year, and more than 260 eBooks from the SPIE Press catalog. The SPIE Press publishes print monographs, tutorial texts, Field Guides, and reference books. SPIE also publishes a wide variety of open access content.

Membership includes Fellows and Senior Member programs. The Society has named more than 1,000 SPIE members as Fellows since 1955, and implemented its Senior Member program in 2008.

The SPIE awards program serves to recognize outstanding contributions from individuals throughout the scientific community.

The SPIE international office is located in Bellingham, Washington and the SPIE Europe office is located in Cardiff, Wales