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OSA Receives $250,000 From IPG For Laser School

The program will enable students to present their research, learn from international speakers, and network with other students in the field of optics
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, modelled 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 Siegman International School on Lasers will provide students from across the globe with an opportunity to advance their education, foster future collaboration, and promote research and engineering for the optical community," says Michael Morris, OSA Foundation board chair. “IPG’s generosity has made this important initiative a reality and we look forward to our continuing partnership in this endeavour."

The fundraising campaign for the Siegman International School on Lasers, launched in January of 2012, is named in honour 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.

“IPG is honoured to support the Siegman International School on Lasers," comments Valentin P. Gapontsev, chairman and chief executive officer of IPG. “The future of the laser industry depends on tomorrow’s scientists and innovators; IPG is happy to provide some of the building blocks for their success."

The first Siegman International Summer School on Lasers will take place in summer 2014. More information is available on the OSA Foundation website.

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