Liz Rogan is a living, breathing example of the mantra “work hard, play hard.” A driven CEO with an occasional thrill streak, Liz has been a leader at The Optical Society (OSA) for over 25 years where she has worked with the some of the smartest people in the world to drive scientific discovery and life-changing applications. Always willing to climb (and jump from!) new heights, Liz has led extensive growth in programs, member engagement, diversity, inclusivity, and public policy advocacy at OSA, with wide-ranging impacts across the optics and photonics community.
As OSA CEO, she reports to the Board of Directors and is responsible for the oversight, strategic direction and fiscal soundness of programs and activities of this $40M, 150+ staff society. Leading a global member society with over 23,000 members and over 395,000 professionals engaged annually might be hard work, but it doesn’t slow down Liz Rogan. She likes to spend her time outdoors, taking hikes and occasionally even more wild adventures.
Liz holds a B.A. in accounting from the University of Connecticut, is a CPA, is an alumnus of an executive business program from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and was honored in 2009 with the distinction of OSA Fellow.
Sujatha Ramanujan, PhD
Sujatha’s career began early in life, when her parents required her to seek employment to cover the burgeoning costs of her bubble gum addiction. She turned her energy and talents to a musical busking career which led to many endorsements, such as:
“Poor child, is there something wrong with her?” – her grandmother
“Perhaps she should try dance” – the voice coach
Accepting the guidance and encouragement of her teachers, she focused her unchecked ambition on dance. In dance she found expression and solace, receiving outstanding reviews from observers (primarily located in her living room).
Pursuing her education along with her career led her to the University of Michigan where her incomparable audition for the School of Dance landed her a coveted spot in the School of Engineering. After attempting to secure tenure as a student by spending enough years and earning enough credit hours to migrate her reserved football seats from behind the goal posts to sitting on the bench calling plays, Dr. Ramanujan was granted PhD and asked to leave. She now uses the distinction prolifically when trying to secure dinner reservations or argue with her parents.
Dr. Ramanujan has had a long and varied career including involvement in three startup businesses (because she decided it was easier to start garage businesses than to clean her garage). She was also employed at Kodak, GE, and Carestream. Her career spanned scientific achievements with numerous patents, some of which may actually work. In addition to scientific contributions, Dr. Ramanujan was involved in strategic investing, contributing to the financial success of organizations such as the Eastman Kodak Company. Sujatha travelled the world as part of her numerous positions, and worked tirelessly to reach new heights, mostly as an avid rock climber as evidenced by her photo.
Sujatha now serves as the Managing Director of Luminate at NextCorps.
Sujatha Ramanujan, PhD
Sujatha Ramanujan is serial entrepreneur and seasoned executive with 25 years of experience in Clinical Devices and in Consumer Electronics. Sujatha has started, built and grown three startup businesses in cardiac surgical equipment, optical communications and nano materials. In addition, as CTO and Product Line Manager of Mammography CAD and Pediatric Businesses within Kodak and Carestream, her team developed and launched clinical equipment and Clinical IT on every continent. Sujatha has held scientific, technical leadership, and laboratory head positions in Chrysler Corporation, GE, Kodak, Carestream, and Intrinsiq Materials. She holds 28 issued US patents. As a corporate investor for Kodak, then later working with regional investment councils, she provides guidance to start-ups, M& A strategies for growing businesses and vetting of technologies to investors. She has served on investment advisories in US, Canada, and Israel. Dr. Ramanujan holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan and is an Executive Board Member of the National Women’s Hall of Fame.