P. Scott Carney Named Chief Scientific and Technology Officer at Optical Society

A respected leader in optics and photonics, Carney’s contributions to the field and OSA as a key volunteer are wide-ranging

WASHINGTON – The Optical Society (OSA) today announced the appointment of P. Scott Carney as Chief Scientific and Technology Officer. In this role, Carney will coordinate technical activity across the organization, including shaping the scientific strategy for meetings, leading advocacy efforts, and providing science and technology-focused advice as a member of the Executive Team.

Carney, an OSA Fellow, has a distinguished history as a volunteer. His many contributions include serving as general chair of OSA’s 100th Annual Meeting in 2016, holding the Editor-in-Chief post for the Journal of the Optical Society of America A (JOSA A) and supporting the OSA Foundation Siegman International School on Lasers.

“OSA will benefit greatly from Scott’s expertise, particularly as we enhance our technical and industry programming and expand our global public affairs initiatives,” said Elizabeth Rogan, CEO, The Optical Society. “His solid track record within the community has earned him our members and volunteers’ respect.”

“The Optical Society has been my constant professional home throughout my career,” Carney said. “Now to be a member of this extraordinary leadership team is a dream and a privilege. I’m proud to be a part of OSA’s legacy and enthusiastic to play a role in shaping the future of the society and our field. I’m eager to get to work.”

Prior to The Optical Society, Carney was Professor of Optics and Director of the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester, USA. Before his time at The Institute, he was Interim Founding Director of the Innovation, Leadership and Engineering Entrepreneurship degree program and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. His industry experience includes co-founding Diagnostic Photonics, Inc. and serving as a Board Member and Chief Scientific Officer.

Carney is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. He is also a member of APS, IEEE, and SPIE. He earned a PhD in Physics at the University of Rochester and a BS in Engineering Physics at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA.

Carney’s accomplishments have been recognized as a Fulbright Fellow, recipient of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy William F. Meggers Award and other honors. He has authored and presented more than 120 technical papers and holds multiple patents.

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