OSA Ambassador Program: Early-career engagement and mentorship within collegiate chapters

Adam J. Fleisher
Ambassador, The Optical Society
Research Chemist, NIST

“OSA Ambassador Program:  Early-career engagement and mentorship within collegiate chapters”

Abstract: The OSA Ambassadors program exists to facilitate mentorship and student outreach within collegiate chapters. Early-career professionals travel to local student chapters to lecture, discuss chapter needs, and offer mentorship and guidance on opportunities throughout the OSA. OSA Ambassador are also working to develop virtual engagement opportunities to broaden the program impact.

Brief bio: Dr. Adam J. Fleisher is a Research Chemist at the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, MD, USA. Fleisher is an active member of the Optical Society (OSA). As the 2017 OSA Foundation Ivan P. Kaminow Outstanding Early-Career Professional Prize recipient, he is trained in student outreach and early-career engagement along with the 2017 class of OSA Ambassadors. He also currently serves on the CLEO Science & Innovations Active Optical Sensing sub-committee and the Fourier Transform Spectroscopy organizing committee. Fleisher’s research involves the development of advanced optical sensing techniques using optical frequency combs, quantum-cascade lasers, and high-finesse optical resonators. Prior to joining NIST, Fleisher was a National Research Council (NRC) postdoc at JILA. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in 2011. He is also a member of the ACS, APS, and AAAS.