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The Fiber Optic Association (FOA)
Box 230851
Boston, MA 02123-0851
(617) 469-2362
e-mail: info@thefoa.org
Web site: http://world.std.com/~foa/
FOA is an international professional society for the fiber-optic industry. Its aim is to develop educational programs, certify fiber-optic technicians, and provide lists of approved fiber-optic training courses. The site has information about testing for certification and job opportunities. There is an online newsletter.

Laser Institute of America

13501 Ingenuity Drive, Suite 128
Orlando, FL 32826
(407) 380-1553
Web site: http://www.laserinstitute.org/
The Laser Institute is a professional society which emphasizes safety in laser research. It has an online bookstore and job board.

Optical Society of America
2010 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 223-8130
Web site: http://www.osa.org
Optics is the science of light. This Web site has an infobase, bookstore, and links to other science and technology sites.


This is a mega Web directory maintained by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. It is a good place to start.

Fiber Optics Online
This commercial site offers a large career development section with a job search and recruitment center, in addition to news and products.

Human Resources Development Canada
Canada's Human Resources Development Agency has an extensive and easy-to-use Web site on technology jobs, including learning and training resources, career planning tools, and self-assessment and aptitude testing.

This site is the highest of high tech. For those who can speak the language, there is a searchable database of jobs and information in this cutting-edge field.

Women in Technology International (WITI)
This organization offers special encouragement to women who want to succeed in technology.


Crisp, John. Introduction to Fiber Optics. Boston: Newnes, 1996.
A good foundation for understanding how fiber optics works.

Goff, David R. Fiber Optic Reference Guide: A Practical Guide to the Technology. Boston: Focal Press, 1999.
A broad reference book that teaches the fundamentals of fiber optics.

Hecht, Jeff. City of Light: The Story of Fiber Optics. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1999.
This huge book is a comprehensive, highly technical account of the development of fiber optics.

Palais, Joseph C. Fiber Optic Communications. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1998.
A great introduction to fiber optics

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