Optical Society of Chicago
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Welcome to the web site of the Optical Society of Chicago (OSC).  
Established: 1948

Affiliated with the Optical Society of America since 1950.




To increase & diffuse the knowledge of fundamental & applied optics.




Any person or company interested in the advancement of optics in any of its ramifications.  Members include engineers, scientists, & educators in Illinois and the Midwestern United States.




Meetings, technical presentations, and site tours are held biannually from September thru June. Guests are welcome at all meetings.



Educational Outreach

Educational outreach events are staffed by OSC volunteers throughout the year.


In Memoriam 

Rudolph ("Rudy") Patrick Guzik, Past Executive Director of the Chicago SPIE/OSC Optical Group, passed away on February 27, 2015. He was a member of SID, SPIE, OSA, IS&T, NBIA, & PDMA.  Rudy was an optical engineering physicist with extensive experience in industrial product development.  He held several patents, published in several field, and founded his company, Imaging Technology Consultants, in 1984. Rudy maintained the office for the Chicago SPIE/OSC Optical Group (now called Optical Society of Chicago) for many years, setting up meetings and mailing out meeting notices.  Rudy was honored by SPIE in 2004 with a Lifetime Achievement Award for over thirty years of volunteer service to the optical society.  Rudy is survived by his beloved partner Daneen, and by his daughters Sharon, Audrey, and Lauren.

Howard Padgitt, a longtime member of the Optical Society of Chicago, passed away on March 9, 2015.  Howard was an accomplished lens designer.  He worked for Bell & Howell's defense area during WWII.  Howard started his own consulting business after he left Bell & Howell.  His projects included Head-up Displays for Flight Visions Inc, still used in production today under CMC Electronics.  Howard is survived by his wife Lucy.


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