OIDA partners with OSA

JANUARY 24, 2011 -- The Optoelectronics Industry Development Association (OIDA) says it has established what it calls “permanent organizational ties” with The Optical Society of America (OSA). The agreement will see OIDA -- a Washington, DC-based non-profit association that promotes the optoelectronics industry -- remain a separate entity under the OSA umbrella.

JANUARY 24, 2011 -- The Optoelectronics Industry Development Association (OIDA) says it has established what it calls “permanent organizational ties” with The Optical Society of America (OSA). The agreement will see OIDA -- a Washington, DC-based non-profit association that promotes the optoelectronics industry -- remain a separate entity under the OSA umbrella.

The leaders of both OSA and OIDA approved the action this week and the transition phase is underway. OIDA asserts that activities, services, and member benefits will continue without interruption.

"With this formal union, OIDA will be in a stronger position to serve the optoelectronics industry through its advocacy efforts, technical meetings, publications, and member services," said OIDA Board Chair Richard R. Grzybowski. "Now more than ever, associations such as OIDA are aligning with peer societies that share values and priorities. This alliance with OSA will enable OIDA to securely build upon its past accomplishments as it works to develop valuable new services and products. We are delighted about this partnership, especially as OIDA celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2011."

"This strategic partnership allows both OSA and OIDA to enhance their business and industrial programming to thousands of professionals in the optics community," said Elizabeth Rogan, OSA CEO. "The two organizations have successfully collaborated in the past and will continue to be a voice for their members and respective industries. We value the content and member services OIDA provides and we look forward to the important contributions they will make in the years ahead."

OIDA will deliver programming and member services under the guidance of its voting members and board. The first OIDA Forum of the year will take place March 7 in tandem with OFC/NFOEC 2011. The Silicon Photonics Forum will conclude with a reception celebrating OIDA's 20th anniversary and its future.

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