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Fiber Optic Sensing Association Elects 2024 Officers and Board Members

January 4, 2024
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Fiber Optic Sensing Association Elects 2024 Officers and Board Members

WASHINGTON, DC – January 4, 2024 – The Fiber Optic Sensing Association (FOSA), the nation’s premier trade association dedicated to fiber optic sensing, announced the election of four board members, as well as its officer slate for 2024, at the organization’s Annual Meeting in December.

Four directors were elected for two-year FOSA Board terms:
• Dr. Paul Dickinson, Director of Business Development, Dura-Line
• Heather Dunn, General Manager, OFS SPD
• Kyle Glaeser, Director of Emerging Networks, Underline Infrastructure
• Steven Koles, President and CEO, Hifi

Officers chosen were:
• Paul Dickinson, Dura-Line (Chairman)
• Jon Beckman, VIAVI Solutions, (Vice Chairman)
• Steven Koles, Hifi (Treasurer)
• Nilson Gabela, Corning Incorporated, (Secretary)

Five Directors remain through 2024, completing the second of their two-year terms: Jon Beckman, Director of Business Operations, VIAVI Solutions; Dave Cunningham, Vice President of Marketing, Network Integrity Systems; Dr. Wieland Hill, Director of Instruments R & D, AP Sensing; JJ Williams, Global Commercial Director, LUNA Innovations; and Nilson Gabela, Global Market and Technology Manager, Corning Incorporated.

“With increased urgency, as global upgrades to critical telecommunications, transportation, and utility infrastructure occur, the Fiber Optic Sensing Association and its members are committed to protecting these vital assets with innovative solutions,” said returning FOSA Chairman, Dr. Paul Dickinson of Dura-Line. “Our Distributed Fiber Optic Sensing (DFOS) technologies convert fiber optic cables to dense arrays of distributed sensors capable of immediately detecting and pinpointing vibration aberrations, temperature fluctuations and strain anomalies. As a result, events can be categorized over vast distances, supporting asset operators with real-time alerts and alarms. Modernizing infrastructure by integrating DFOS increases resilience and improves return on overall investment.”

Incoming Vice Chairman, Jon Beckman of VIAVI Solutions added “We look forward to growing and diversifying FOSA to fuel expansion of optical sensing markets in the coming years. Continuously our technology solutions add capabilities for many vertical markets, and FOSA is poised to help its members expand in these arenas.”

ABOUT THE FIBER OPTIC SENSING ASSOCIATION. FOSA is a non-profit organization created in Washington, DC in 2017 with the mission of educating industry, government, and the public on the benefits of fiber optic sensing. FOSA is an affiliate of the Fiber Broadband Association (FBA). Through webinars, videos, white papers, public presentations, and public policy advocacy, the organization provides information on the use of fiber optic sensing to secure critical facilities, enhance public safety, and protect the environment. FOSA Premier Members include: AP Sensing, Corning, CRALEY Group, Ditch Witch, Dura-Line, FEBUS Optics, Fibercore Limited, Graz University of Technology, Hifi, Luna Innovations, NEC Corporation of America, Network Integrity Systems, OFS, OZ Optics, Prysmian Group, SAMM Teknoloji, Sensonic, Smartpipe Technologies, Underline, the University of California Berkeley, and VIAVI Solutions. For more information please visit the FOSA website.