OSE alumnus Jeff Nicholson elected 2017 OSA Fellow

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Jeff Nicholson, OSA Fellow 2017

Posted: November 18, 2016

The Optical Science & Engineering Program (OSE) congratulates an alumnus of the program, Jeffrey W. Nicholson, on his recent election as a Fellow of the Optical Society (OSA).  

Nicholson earned his Ph.D. in Optical Sciences at The University of New Mexico (UNM) in 1997. Nicholson was a student of Dr. Wolfgang Rudolph, the current Department Chair and Regents’ Professor of Physics & Astronomy at UNM. He gained his Bachelor of Science in Physics at the University of Houston in 1991.

Currently Nicholson is a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at OFS Laboratories, specializing in laser physics, optical fibers, and fiber lasers. OFS Telecommunications is a global designer, manufacturer and provider of optical fiber, fiber optic cable, FTTx, FTTH, optical connectivity and specialty photonics products.

OSA Fellow

96 OSA members, representing 19 different countries, have been elected as the newest class of OSA Fellows. This year, the OSA Fellows Committee reviewed 177 nominations.

“Heartiest congratulations to the 2017 OSA Fellows, who are excellent examples of optics and photonics innovators and will be outstanding representatives of The Optical Society,” said Alan Willner, 2016 President of The Optical Society.

Fellows of The Optical Society are members who have served with distinction in the advancement of optics and photonics. Candidates for Fellow Membership are nominated by current OSA Fellow members. No more than 10 percent of the total OSA membership may be chosen as Fellows, making the process both highly selective and competitive.

The new Fellows will be honored at OSA conferences and meetings throughout 2017.