College of Science

Professor Alex Small and two physics alumni elected to Board of Directors of professional society

Professor Alex Small

Associate Professor Alex Small and Cal Poly alumni Rachel Ulanch (BS Physics, 2013) and Matthew Samson (BS Mechanical Engineering, Physics Minor, 2013)  have been elected to the Board of Directors of the Optical Society of Southern California (OSSC), a local affiliate of the Optical Society of America.  Prof. Small has been a member of the OSSC since 2009, and has been on the Board of the OSSC since 2011, serving as Programs Chair (2011-2013), Student Chapters Liasion (2011-present), Secretary (2013-2014) and now Vice President (2014-2015).  Mr. Samson and Ms. Ulanch have been active members since 2011, and are serving on the Board as Councilors for 2014-2015.  Mr. Samson was previously the Arrangements Chair, responsible for helping with meeting planning.  Ms. Ulanch is currently an optical scientist at Davidson Optronics/Trioptics USA in West Covina, and Mr. Samson is currently an opto-mechanical engineer at N2 Imaging Systems in Irvine.  Both of them were introduced to their employers by networking at OSSC meetings while they were students.  Prof. Small has been at Cal Poly Pomona since 2007, and works on applying the theory of high-resolution (nanometer-scale) fluorescence imaging to problems in biology.  He also teaches a number of classes related to this work, including Applied Optics, Computational Physics, and Biophysics.  Cal Poly students interested in joining the OSSC and networking with scientists in industry are welcome to talk to Prof. Small.

Rachel Ulanch Rachel Ulanch '13 is now at Davidson Optronics, West Covina, CA. She has been elected Councilor for the Optical Society of Southern California.
 Matthew Samson  Matthew Samson, who graduated Cal Poly Pomona as a Mechanical Engineering major and Physics minor has also been elected Councilor for Optical Society of Southern California. Mr. Samson is currently with N2 Imaging Systems, Irvine, CA.