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Ventura OSA


Co Presidents

Virginia Ford

Eric Ford


Vice President

Patrick Ford



John McDonald



Fred Houston



John Tardif


Arrangements Chair

Fred Houston



Ventura OSA (VOSA) Announcement for March 14, 2017  

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The location is now...

Advanced Spectral Technology

94-A West Cochran St.

Simi Valley, CA  93605



Katherine Faber

Division of Engineering and Applied Science

California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, CA

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[Picasso image from Aniko Bezur/Art Institute of Chicago.]

Showing a Portable Hand Held X-ray Fluorescence Probe


Dusting off 2,000-year-old mummy portraits from the Fayum region of Egypt to investigate artists’ materials, pinpointing the culprits behind the faded brilliance of Seurat’s oil painting “A Sunday on La Grande Jatte”, and classifying the provenance of European and Chinese 18th Century porcelains, are puzzles that, when unraveled, expand our knowledge of art history and provide insight into how best to protect works of cultural heritage. The coupling of science, engineering, and art will be discussed through these examples. They demonstrate how bridges can be built across disciplines and between universities and museums, enabling a new kind of art history.  The focus will be on work performed through the Northwestern University-Art Institute of Chicago Center for Scientific Studies in the Arts.


6:00p Mixing and Buffet Dinner

7:00p Speaker

$20 donation on site (it is a donation for food, insurance and venue. If you need a no-food, student, old age or other discount please give yourself one).


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Katherine Faber is the Simon Ramo Professor of Materials Science at the California Institute of Technology, and until 2016, was Co-Director of the Northwestern University-Art Institute of Chicago Center for Scientific Studies in the Arts at Northwestern University.  Her research interests include fracture and toughening of brittle materials, ceramic composites and coatings, and cultural heritage science. Educated at Alfred University with a BS in Ceramic Engineering, she earned a MS in Ceramic Science at the Pennsylvania State University and a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.  Prior to joining the faculty at Caltech in 2014, she served on the faculty of the Ohio State University and Northwestern University.  Among Professor Faber’s awards are Distinguished Life Member of the American Ceramic Society and fellow of ASM International, the Charles E. MacQuigg Award for Outstanding Teaching at Ohio State and the Society of Women Engineers Distinguished Educator Award. She is an ISI Highly Cited Author in Materials (2003), served as President of the American Ceramic Society (2006-07), and was elected to the 2014 American Academy of Arts and Sciences class of fellows.

From John McDonald

We have a strong season of speakers coming up. CalTech’s Professor Faber has an amazing background in Materials Science and also a special interest at the junction of Science and Art.


The Ventura section of the Optical Society of America promotes optical science and optical engineering and facilitates communication and networking among optics professionals, students, and optics aficionados in the geography reaching roughly from Santa Barbara to Pasadena.

Upcoming dates:

  • April 18th - Atul Joshi - IR Cameras
  • May 9th - Michael Gehring. Architectural Lighting (LEDs & OLEDs).
  • June 6th - Babak Shadgan on 2/26 (medical biophotonics)
  • July 11th - Ram Seshadri for LED phosphors
  • August 8th –
  • September 12th
  • October 10th - Thuc-Quyen Nguyen - Organic Devices UCSB (OLEDs)

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