International Year of Light kicks off in City of Lights

Posted January 22, 2015 by rrpc
Categories: Events, Optics, Photonics

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The International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies officially launched today with a two-day opening ceremony at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, with more than 1,000 attendees including international diplomats, Nobel laureates, CEOs, and science and industry leaders from across the globe.

The International Year of Light opening ceremony today at UNESCO headquarters, Paris

The International Year of Light opening ceremony today at UNESCO headquarters, Paris

The opening events highlight the themes of IYL 2015 programs designed to promote improved public and political understanding of the central role of light in the modern world while also celebrating noteworthy anniversaries in 2015 – from the first studies of optics 1,000 years ago to discoveries in optical communications that power the Internet today.

The International Year of light is a global initiative adopted by the United Nations to raise awareness of how optical technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to worldwide challenges in areas such as energy, education, communications, health, and sustainability.

Photographer Paul Reiffer's "Over the Rainbow" won first-place in the SPIE International Year of Light Photo Contest from among a field of nearly 800 entries.

Photographer Paul Reiffer’s “Over the Rainbow” won first-place in the SPIE International Year of Light Photo Contest from among a field of nearly 800 entries.

SPIE, a founding partner of IYL 2015, is promoting the year-long celebration by sponsoring an international photo contest, encouraging participation of those in academia and industry, and providing free downloadable lesson plans and materials for educators to inspire the study of light and light-based technologies.

British photographer Paul Reiffer has been selected from among nearly 800 entries as the winner of  SPIE’s photo contest with his 35-second exposure of Shanghi’s Nanpu Bridge at night. The movement and complexity of the man-made light in the photo was judged to most effectively illustrate the goal of ILY 2015 as well as light in everyday life, the contest theme.

Reiffer, from Weymouth, England, is an award-winning professional photographer whose photography has appeared in numerous international exhibits. His IYL winning image was also selected for the Royal Photographic Society’s International Print Exhibition at the Royal Albert Hall in London where it will be on display from Jan. 16 to Feb. 15.

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The International Year of Light is Alive in Rochester, NY!

Posted January 22, 2015 by rrpc
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Rochester, NY, joins the United Nations, UNESCO and the rest of the world in celebrating the International Year of Light!


Original Optical Systems Technology Program Focuses on Growth, Expansion

Posted January 20, 2015 by rrpc
Categories: Economic Development, Education & Training, New York State Optics, Optics, Workforce Development News

The success of the Monroe Community College optics program is a stellar example of industry support and involvement, including cash and material donations and direct student support. While some companies just wring their hands and complain that colleges aren’t producing the workforce they need, the Rochester-area employers offer a shining example of how industry and education can – and must – work together for the benefit of both. Kudos to them!
– Judy Donnelly, column editor,

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20 Illuminating Facts About Light

Posted January 19, 2015 by rrpc
Categories: Biophotonics, Photonics, Photovoltaics

In celebration of the International Year of Light, Perimeter Institute presents 20 fascinating factoids about photons:


Optimax expects to grow its workforce in 2015

Posted January 18, 2015 by rrpc
Categories: Manufacturing, New York State Optics, RRPC Member News

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Optimax LogoIncreased sales in 2014 has Optimax Systems Inc. looking to hire in the new year.

While increasing the size of its Ontario, NY facility to 60,000 square feet over the last several years,  the company has also steadily increased the size of its workforce. That trend will continue in 2015 as Optimax looks to hire  about 30 new employees, bringing the total to 250 by year’s end.

More technicians and engineers are needed to fill increased sales orders. In 2014, Optimax had a 25 percent increase in sales bookings over the previous year.

Optimax is one of America’s largest optics prototype manufacturers, while also specializing in thin-film optical coatings and high-precision optical and mechanical metrology.



Pictometry CONNECTMobile on Android

Posted December 26, 2014 by rrpc
Categories: New York State Optics, RRPC Member News

Pictometry CONNECTMobile provides access to the highest quality aerial imagery in the world on your Android Tablet or Phone.


Pictometry International Corp. is a Henrietta, New York based company that provides detailed aerial photography. Pictometry’s images are taken at a 40 degree angle from low-flying airplanes. Its Electronic Field Study software allows a variety of measurements to be taken directly from the image, including height, distance and area as well as elevation and bearing.

Prague Video Mapping

Posted December 24, 2014 by rrpc
Categories: Art

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