The Optics Society at the University of Michigan (OSUM) promotes the discipline of Optical Science and Engineering through the organized effort of students and faculty, disseminate knowledge of the field of Optics and Photonics, and to further the professional development of the students. OSUM is a joint student chapter of the Optical Society (OSA) and the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE).

As a chapter, some of our goals are:

  • To provide an open forum for optics discussions between faculty, undergrads, and graduate students.
  • To disseminate optics knowledge and raise awareness of optics related activities.
  • To better create a cohesive optics community here at Michigan.
  • To provide a stress-free place for presentation of research and optics ideas.
  • To educate the greater community about science, technology, and optics.
  • To provide a bridge between students and the local/national chapters of SPIE and OSA.
  • To encourage conference participation and presentation among all students.
  • To provide funding opportunities to attend conferences.
Gerard Mourou Group Photo with 2018-2019 OSUM OfficersLens Demo at Xplore Engineering 2019Carousel imageDiffraction Glasses in Use at Ann Arbor Summer Festival KidZone Tent 20192019-2020 OSUM OfficersOptics & Photonics Industry Spotlight EventOSUM SwagR2D2 3D Laser HologramOSUM Tabling at College of Engineering New Graduate Student Orientation 2018Ann Arbor Summer Festival KidZone Tent 2019Optics Student-Faculty Welcome Mixer 2018Ann Arbor Summer Festival KidZone Tent 2019 - UV Bead Bracelet ActivityLaser Communication Workshop at Xplore Engineering 2019Pinky-Powered Photons at Ann Arbor Summer Festival 2019Polarization Demonstration at ECE Family Fun Night 2018Back to the Brick Festival Outreach Event 2018TIR Demo at ECE Family Fun Night 2018Telescope Observing Event at Peach Mountain ObservatoryLaser Communication Workshop at Xplore Engineering 2019OSUM Demo Table at ECE Open House 2018OSUM Demo Table at ECE Family Fun Night 2018AAOSA-OSUM Joint Networking Event Fall 2018Projection Pyramid Demo at ECE Family Fun Night 2018Laser Communication Workshop at Xplore Engineering 2019Thorlabs Ultrafast Optoelectronics Seminar - November 2018Demos at Xplore Engineering 2019Optics Student Group Photo with Gerard MourouAAOSA-OSUM Joint Networking Event - Fall 2018

Featured Announcements

OSUM Wins Elaine Harden Award from College of Engineering

On March 15, OSUM was honored to be selected for the 2020 Elaine Harden Award. This award is presented to the Engineering student organization that best exemplifies dedicated leadership and service to the community. This would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of all our officers and the continually support of our advisor John Nees. An article announcing the award is embedded below, or can be read at this link.