G. Volpe awarded OSA's Outstanding Young Professional Recognition

Washington, February 7, 2012

Excerpt from the OSA News Release:

The Optical Society (OSA) is pleased to announce the recipients of the first
annual Outstanding Young Professional Recognition. This honor acknowledges
significant contributions made by an OSA Young Professional through volunteer
activities completed as part of the Young Professionals Program.

The 2012 Outstanding Young Professionals are:

>Giovanni Volpe, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey
>Laura Waller, Princeton University, Princeton, N.J.

Volpe has been an active OSA member for many years, as a student and a young
professional. He helped establish an OSA Student Chapter at the Institut de
Ciencies Fotoniques in Barcelona, Spain; was a founding member of the
International OSA Network of Students (IONS); represented OSA on the American
Institute of Physics (AIP) Science Writing Committee; serves on the OSA Board of
Meetings and edits OSA's Optics & Photonics Focus.

Waller has also been active in OSA as a student and post-graduation. She was
president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology OSA Student Chapter; has
served as a reviewer on several OSA journals; is a founder of an annual optics
outreach event as part of the Cambridge Science Festival; and served as part of
AIP's "Adopt a Physicist" program to promote science to high school students.

"The Young Professionals program has rapidly grown from just a handful of
individuals at its start to hundreds of active participants from around the
globe," said OSA CEO Elizabeth Rogan. "We are pleased to honor Giovanni and
Laura for their outstanding contributions to OSA and the optics and photonics
community as a whole. They are wonderful examples of what it means to be a
dedicated OSA member and are clearly deserving of this recognition and our