Linda Smith, President of CERES Technology Advisors, joins the OSA Foundation Board

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The Optical Society

Washington, DC – May 27, 2020
The Optical Society (OSA) is pleased to announce that Linda Smith, President of CERES Technology Advisors, Inc., has joined The OSA Foundation (OSAF) Board of Directors.

“Linda brings a keen understanding of our corporate partners’ workforce needs. Her passion for training and preparing scientists and engineers for success in the corporate environment closely aligns with the OSA Foundation’s mission,” said Alexander Sawchuk, Chair, OSA Foundation Board of Directors.

Linda has been very active with OSAF’s programs including the 2019 Innovation School, as a mentor and speaker. This program offers entrepreneurial training immersing attendees in intensive activities around product ideation, customer discovery and market analysis.

She is also a supporter of the OSAF’s Career Accelerators which are a series of unique schools focused on core skills needed to succeed in the corporate environment including leadership, team building, business strategy, finance, marketing communication and negotiation skills. Sessions are led by experts representing key photonics companies.

“Today’s photonics companies are seeking engineers and scientists with strong business fundamentals and entrepreneurial mindsets to take action, solve problems and create value”, says Linda, “The OSA Foundation is preparing the next generation workforce.”

OSA Innovation School Participants - Diana Dimas (Germany), Shawn Abid (USA), Linda Smith (USA)

About The OSA Foundation

The OSA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation established by The Optical Society (OSA) in 2002 to carry out charitable activities that support the society’s mission to promote the generation, dissemination, and application of knowledge in optics and photonics. The Foundation helps cultivate the next generation of leaders and innovators in the optics and photonics community as they move through advanced degree programs and become active members of research, engineering, and business communities around the globe. The Foundation also works to secure OSA Awards and Honors program endowments.  For more information, visit

About CERES Technology Advisors

CERES provides merger & acquisition advisory and business valuation services. Our unique value is the breadth and depth of our network and knowledge of markets enabled by photonics. For more information, visit