May 31, 2007
Optical Society of America Honors Stephen D. Fantone
WASHINGTON, May 31 Stephen D. Fantone, Founder and President of Optikos Corporation, is the recipient of the Optical Society of Americas (OSA) Distinguished Service Award, in recognition of his outstanding service to the optical community. Fantone is being honored for his vision, leadership and dedication in setting the financial policies and procedures for the Society that provide financial stability and opportunity for the foreseeable future. He has served as OSA's Treasurer since 1996.
Demonstrating extraordinary dedication for three decades, Steve has provided both the strategic path and the leadership to help grow OSA's financial resources to the solid base it now holds, said Elizabeth Rogan, OSA Executive Director. His expertise and engaging wit make him a role model and mentor to staff and colleagues from all ends of the spectrum. Anyone who meets Steve is impressed by his ability to tackle serious business issues and lead others, achieving results that have strengthened OSA.
Fantone received bachelors degrees in Electrical Engineering and Management from MIT and his Ph.D. from the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester. In 1982, he founded Optikos Corporation, an engineering firm that develops optically-based products and manufactures a proprietary line of optical metrology systems. Optikos-designed products can be found in homes and laboratories around the world. An accomplished inventor, he has been awarded more than 60 U.S. patents. He is also a Director of Rofin-Sinar Technologies, Inc., the Pioneer Institute and the Sea Education Association and is a Senior Lecturer in the Mechanical Engineering Department at MIT.
In addition to his current service as OSA Treasurer, since becoming a member of OSA in 1973, Fantone has held numerous leadership positions with the Society, including Chairman of the Engineering Council, Member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors and Topical Editor, and Chairman of both the Joseph Fraunhofer Award and Edwin H. Land Medal Committees.
Fantone resides in Lynnfield, Mass. with his wife of 26 years, Elizabeth. They have two children.
The Distinguished Service Award was first awarded in 1973. Fantone joins an exceptional group of only 12 other Distinguished Service Award recipients. A Committee of the Board of Directors reviews all nominations for the award. The Committees recommendations are then submitted to the OSA Board of Directors for its review and approval.
The OSA Board of Directors is pleased to honor all of this year's award recipients and I'm privileged to count the Distinguished Service Award winner, Stephen Fantone, as my long-time friend and colleague and partner as an OSA volunteer, said OSA President Joseph Eberly.
OSA bestows the award during a formal presentation ceremony that will take place at the plenary session of the Societys annual meeting, Frontiers in Optics, on the morning of Sept. 17 at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, Calif. More information about the OSA awards program, this years other award winners and the annual meeting can be found on OSA's Web site at www.osa.org.
Uniting more than 70,000 professionals from 134 countries, the Optical Society of America (OSA) brings together the global optics community through its programs and initiatives. Since 1916 OSA has worked to advance the common interests of the field, providing educational resources to the scientists, engineers and business leaders who work in the field by promoting the science of light and the advanced technologies made possible by optics and photonics. OSA publications, events, technical groups and programs foster optics knowledge and scientific collaboration among all those with an interest in optics and photonics. For more information, visit www.osa.org.
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Editors note: A complete biography and photo of Stephen Fantone are available upon request.