The completion of the report 'Harnessing Light: Optical Science and Engineering for the 21st Century' by COSE (Committee on Optical Science and Engineering) by the National Academy in 1998 has had a profound effect on optics related activities and the recognition of optics as a most pervasive and enabling field of technology. After a brief summary of the report - an update on its principal recommendations and other significant U.S. and global activities will be highlighted.
Arthur H. Guenther,
"Harnessing Light: the study and an update", Proc. SPIE 4588, Seventh International Conference on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics, (28 May 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.468677; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.468677