ITAR Reforms Will Be Signed Into Law at Year End

Posted November 29, 2016 by rrpc
Categories: ITAR, New York Photonics, New York State Optics, NYPhotonics, Optics

From Laser Focus World:

Chuck Schumer

New York Senator Chuck Schumer was active on Munitions Rule Category XII reforms, including lasers, optics and photonics exports.

It’s complicated, has been supported by many in photonics (notably SPIE and OSA), has major implications for U.S. makers of products such as high-power fiber lasers and focal plane arrays, and becomes law on December 31, 2016. Here are some thoughts and resources for piecing together how the rules have change in Category XII (Fire Control, Laser, Imaging, and Guidance Equipment) of the U.S. Munitions List (USML) of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).

Kevin Wolf, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration, has been overseeing the reform process and spoke to a large audience at the OSA Laser Congress in Boston last week. He said the new regulations were the result of 2 years of public comment, resolve 20 years of policy dispute, and are now in the refinement stage.

He added, “The process for reviewing [international sales of] commercial items is now far easier and it opens potentially new markets for U.S. products.” He also said the new regulations eliminate significant uncertainty that standard commercial photonics products could be “sucked into ITAR.” Many less-sensitive military items and commercial spacecraft items may now be regulated under Export Administration Regulations for control of commercial products.

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WorldLeaders Annual CEO Conference – December 6, 7:30am – noon

Posted November 17, 2016 by rrpc
Categories: New York Photonics



2016 Annual Meeting Follow-up

Posted November 7, 2016 by rrpc
Categories: AIM Photonics, Economic Development, New York Photonics, New York Photonics Annual Meeting, NYPhotonics

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Thank you, friends in photonics, for supporting the New York Photonics Annual Meeting and our economic development agenda.

A special thank-you to our sponsors, without whom we would not be in a position to advocate for the region’s optics, photonics & imaging industry.

We hope that you enjoyed hearing from Secretary of Energy, Ernest Moniz, senator Chuck Schumer and congresswoman Louise Slaughter, and we hope that you recognize what tremendous advocates we have for our industry in Washington.

To reiterate this year’s priorities from the meeting:

  • Our region has a legacy in optics, photonics and imaging like no place else in America, and we have won numerous opportunities for leveraging our strategic advantages for the future.  At this stage, it is up to the community stakeholders – the region’s economic development partners and the industry – to make that happen.  The New York Photonics ecosystem is robust and prime for further development.
  • We are advocates – and we hope that we can count on your support – for the Rochester Museum & Science Center’s capital campaign, Gateway Project, and Strasenburgh Planetarium upgrades.  We see the RMSC as the point where all vectors intersect: education, tourism, economic development, and the arts.  We envision the RMSC campus as an international center for light, astronomy, multimedia and education, and we feel that this proect deserves the support of the Finger Lakes Regional Council and the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, Finger Lakes Forward.
  • Also as part of Finger Lakes Forward, we continue to advocate for the Finger Lakes Regional Center for Optics Manufacturing, a national center for manufacturing innovation and problem solving for America’s optics, photonics & imaging industry and national security.  We cannot imagine another effort that will more effectively leverage our strategic advantages in optics, photonics and imaging.  You will be hearing more about this center in the future.

The Demo

People seemed to enjoy the demonstration of state-of-the-art planetarium projection technology!  Some clarification is needed, however.

The system that we experienced on the 27th was a demonstration of what is possible.  What we saw was a 4K projection system, meaning that we experienced 4,000 pixels from horizon to horizon through the zenith of the dome.  This is the entry level for what we would like to see in the Strasenburgh Planetarium, including filling the central pit, expanded seating, and a new projection surface for the dome.

We see it as the beginning of new possibilities for Rochester’s planetarium in addition to the brilliant astronomy that will already enjoy, only in HD – including multimedia events and new kinds of full-dome programming – all of course, accelerated by integrated photonics!

Handouts, or are they E-outs?

For more about planetarium full dome possibilities, click here.

For those of you who requested the presentations from the Planetarium portion of the meeting, you can find them here.  For the animations to work from my presentation you will need to download it.  We are unable to share Ed White’s AIM Photonics presentation for security reasons.

Photographs from the event can be found here.  You may find yourself somewhere in these shots!

News about the awards is here.

Thank you again for joining us on the 27th and thank you for your continued support!


New York Photonics Announces New Board of Directors at Annual Meeting

Posted November 1, 2016 by rrpc
Categories: New York Photonics

Thursday, October 27, 2016

New York Photonics, the industry cluster representing New York State’s Photonics Industry, announced its newly elected board of directors at their annual meeting in the Rochester Museum & Science Center Strasenburgh Planetarium.

The 2017 Board of Directors is:

John Hart (President) Lumetrics, Inc.
Plympton (Treasurer) Optimax Systems, Inc.
Herbrand (Secretary) Legal Counsel
Paul Ballentine, University of Rochester CEIS
Bechtold, Optipro
Brian Carroll, The Superior Group
Wade Cook, Quality Vision International
Goldstein, Navitar
Dane Hileman, Rochester Precision Optics
Richardson, Rochester Institute of Technology
Slifkin, Harris Beach
Synborski, XACTIV
Tolley, SUNY Polytech STC MEMS
Battley, Executive Director

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Posted October 31, 2016 by rrpc
Categories: Intellectual Property, New York Photonics



New York Photonics Awards Presented at 2016 Annual Meeting

Posted October 31, 2016 by rrpc
Categories: New York Photonics, New York Photonics Annual Meeting, New York State Optics, NYPhotonics


ROCHESTER, NY, October 27, 2016 – New York Photonics honored three leaders in business and education – and a United States Senator – for their contributions to New York’s Optics and Photonics Industry.

New York Photonics Executive Director Tom Battley presented the awards in front of more than 180 stakeholders from industry, government and education from across the region at the RRPC’s 2016 Annual Meeting at the Rochester Museum and Science Center Strasenburgh Planetarium.

The RRPC Entrepreneur Award recipient for 2016 is Julian Goldstein, President of julianNavitar, Inc. For demonstrating creativity, innovative spirit and drive in pursuit of the dream of creating an industry-leading company in the Optics, Photonics and Imaging Industry.  For over 35 years, Goldstein has uncovered industry trends and opportunities, spearheaded mergers and acquisitions, and invested in new product development to ensure Navitar’s success in meeting customer’s future needs. Now with over 1200 products, four manufacturing facilities, and 100+ employees, Navitar sells to organizations within the Life Sciences, Industrial Imaging, Metrology, Planetarium, Amusement, and Simulation markets and exports to over 45 countries.

rickThe RRPC Leadership Award recipient for 2016 is Rick Plympton, CEO of Optimax Systems, for working with fellow members and the community to promote the Rochester Region’s Optics, Photonics and Imaging Industry. Plympton is recognized for his career work with the regional and national optics, photonics and imaging industries. In his position as a board member with the New York Photonics cluster Plympton has initiated strategies, helped fund initiatives and promoted New York’s OPI industry for nearly two decades.

donna-smith The RRPC Education Award recipient for 2016 is Donna Smith, Science Teacher at Gates Chili High School for inspiring students to embrace Optics, Photonics, and Imaging sciences and guiding them in career development. Smith’s Gates Chili / MCC dual-credit optics classes have inspired students to pursue careers in optics, photonics and imaging. She has raised money for her laboratory, created curricula and taught students the relevance of science of physics is in their everyday lives – and in their and futures.

img_5061A special presentation of the RRPC Optics & Photonics Award was made to Senator Charles E. Schumer for his long-standing support of NewYork’s Optics, Photonics and Imaging industry.




Paul Conrow, Science Teacher at the East High Optics Fabrication Program, last year’s awardee; Donna Phillips, Physics & Optics Teacher, Gates Chili High School, this year’s Educator awardee; Tom Battley, New York Photonics Executive Director.


Rick Plympton, CEO, Optimax Systems, the 2016 Leadership awardee, with Tom Battley, Executive Director, New York Photonics.


Bob Bicksler, CEO JML Optical, recipient of last year’s award, was the presenter; Julian Goldstein, President, Navitar, this year’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award; Tom Battley, Executive Director, New York Photonics.

Do Not Doubt That Louise Slaughter Was Laser Focused On A Photonics IMI for Rochester

Posted October 26, 2016 by rrpc
Categories: AIM Photonics, New York Photonics

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In an article in a local newspaper yesterday, flames from this week’s debate between Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (25th, NY) and her challenger, Gates Town Superintendent Mark Assini were fanned.

It is important to note, and easy to verify in these very Blog pages that Louise Slaughter, Congresswoman from the 25th District of New York was pressing for a Photonics IMI since the Obama Administration first announced the program.  We can also verify from personal experience – we were actually there numerous times, both in New York and in Washington DC– that Slaughter not only advocated persistently for the Photonics IMI and the National Photonics Initiative, but was well-aware of Congressmen Joe Kennedy’s and Tom Reed’s bi-partisan Revitalize American Manufacturing Industries (RAMI) bill.  New York Photonics member EMF Corporation hosted a press conference for Reed in Ithaca with both New York Photonics and OSA that year.


Slaughter is correct in stating that RAMI dollars were being directed to NIST, the managing entity for all IMI’s within the Department of Commerce, and that pursuing that funding rather than DoD funding was a long shot for the Photonics IMI.  She remained focused upon the DoD funding for a photonics institute.  The RAMI dollars have still not been allocated nor has a request for additional IMI proposals been issued from NIST.  New York Photonics and National Photonics Initiative partners OSA and SPIE were all pressing for the RAMI act and Slaughter was well-aware.  She remained focused upon the most important priority: a Photonics IMI for New York.

Slaughter’s opponent has been using the photonics industry as his whipping post since Congresswoman Slaughter has advocated for it for so long.  It isn’t appreciated.  The industry supports one in 14 families in the region and employs 16,000 people.  Slaughter deserves credit for her tireless advocacy on behalf of our industry.

“Politicians are a territorial lot. That is to say, they like to take credit for things — or deny credit to others — particularly if it is an election year, and those things involve money and jobs.

For Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-Fairport, credit for landing the AIM Photonics initiative — a federally backed, $600 million public-private partnership promising to create an innovation and manufacturing hub in Rochester — is at the center of her answer to the question: What have you done for me lately?

Then along came Gates town Supervisor Mark Assini, saying he wanted to clarify the record during their 25th Congressional District debate last week, and tossing the credit to Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning.”

Plain and simple: Slaughter deserves the credit.  The RAMI / Reed distraction is smoke and mirrors.

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