Last year, Gene Kohlenberg announced his intention to retire from the position of Executive Director of the Optics and Electo-Optics Standards Council (OEOSC) at the end of 2010.
The OEOSC Board of Directors has appointed Dave Aikens Interim Executive Director to replace Gene Kohlenberg upon his retirement on December 31, 2010. Since December 1, Aikens has served as Special Assistant to the Executive Director, and worked with him to insure a smooth transition on January 1.
Aikens is President and founder of Savvy Optics Corporation (Chester, CT). He is the head of the American delegation to ISO TC 172 SC1, and is chairman of the American Standards Committee for Optics, ASC/OP. He is also the project manager for ISO surface texture notation standards for optics. He is a course instructor for SPIE short courses related to optical surfaces.
The next meetings of the OEOSC including the group's annual meeting will take place at SPIE Photonics West, January 23-25, 2011.
OEOSC acts as administrator of the ANSI/OEOSC Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to the Organization for International Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee (TC) 172 - Optics and Photonics. The TAG is a committee made up of U.S. optical experts whose primary responsibility is to review drafts of proposed international optical standards so that it can formulate the U.S. opinion of the suitability of those drafts to become international standards, and to transmit that opinion, through ANSI, to the ISO technical committee. The committee is also responsible for reviewing U.S. national optical standards to determine which of them should be offered as drafts for new international optical standards.