Tuesday night, during The Optical Society’s Annual Business Meeting at the 2017 Frontiers in Optics + Laser Science (FIO + LS) conference in Washington, DC, the Optical Society (OSA) announced that its members have elected Stephen D. Fantone, president and founder of Optikos Corporation, as its 2018 vice president.
Three directors-at-large were also chosen during this year’s election: Roel Baets, Ghent University, Belgium; Giselle Bennett, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA; and Ekaterina Golovchenko, IPG Photonics, USA.
By accepting the vice presidency, Fantone makes a four-year commitment to OSA’s Board of Directors. He will serve one year as vice president in 2018, followed by one year as president-elect in 2019, president in 2020 and past-president in 2021.
Along with Fantone, the new directors at large, Baets, Bennett, and Golovchenko, will begin their terms on 1 January 2018. They will hold their positions for three years.
“Steve has served on the OSA Board for over twenty years. This longevity of leadership and dedication to our members will only enhance what Steve brings to his position as president,” said Elizabeth Rogan, CEO of The Optical Society. “Combined with his leadership in the optics industry and research, Steve’s years-long involvement with OSA will undoubtedly provide a value to our members and an asset to the Board.”