The OSA Foundation has received a $250,000 donation from IPG Photonics (IPG) for the Siegman International School on Lasers Endowment. The gift provided by IPG will help permanently establish the program, modeled after the summer school program that first took place in 2011 at the Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics (CIOMP).
The donation will go toward providing world-class lecturers, important student travel grants and achievement awards as well as other general programming costs. In recognition of this significant contribution, IPG has been named co-founder of the school.
The program provides an opportunity for graduate students to present their own research to their peers, learn from an international group of accomplished speakers, and network with other students in the field of optics. Each year, the school will take place in a different region of the world, bringing world-class education to students who may not have had access to such resources otherwise. Students interested in attending will have their applications reviewed by a program committee for approval.
The fundraising campaign for the Siegman International School on Lasers, launched in January of 2012, is named in honor of Anthony E. Siegman, past president of the Optical Society (OSA) and founding member of the OSA Foundation Board. Siegman passed away in October 2011 at the age of 79.
The first Siegman International Summer School on Lasers will take place in summer 2014. For more information, visit the OSA Foundation website.