USC Viterbi School of Engineering Professor Alan Willner has been elected vice president of The Optical Society (OSA), an organization with a global community of scientists, educators, engineers, technicians and business leaders in 175 countries.
“The OSA makes an international impact and has a truly wonderful staff,” Willner said. “It will be a distinct privilege and pleasure to help serve the optics and photonics community in this capacity.”
By accepting the post, Willner has made a four-year commitment to OSA’s board of directors. He will serve one year as vice president starting in 2014, followed by one year as president-elect in 2015. Willner then will serve a one-year term as president during OSA’s 100-year anniversary in 2016, followed by one year as past president in 2017.
Willner, holder of the Steven and Kathryn Sample Chair in Engineering in the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering, joined USC Viterbi in 1992. His research explores high-speed optical communication systems.
An active OSA member, Willner served on the board of directors from 2002 to 2003 and co-chaired its Science & Engineering Council.
“Alan’s approach to service in the optics and photonics community is one of inclusiveness and cooperation with a capacity to find consensus on the most critical of issues,” said OSA CEO Elizabeth Rogan. “The year of his presidency will be a momentous one as we celebrate OSA’s centennial. OSA is honored that Alan is willing to invest his time in this role and appreciates the leadership he will bring to the community.”