Golf with New York Photonics in September!

Posted August 22, 2016 by rrpc
Categories: Golf Tournament, New York Photonics, NYPhotonics, RRPC Calendar


Rochester Mini Maker Faire Call for Participants

Posted August 18, 2016 by rrpc
Categories: Education & Training, Events, Manufacturing

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Project submission deadlines are in September.

The Faire will be held at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center on Saturday, November 19th.

Calling all makers, crafters, tinkerers, and artists: the application for the third annual Rochester Mini Maker Faire is now open!

On November 19th  from 9am to 5pm at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center, Rochester celebrates the act of Making with attractions, exhibits, talks, demonstrations, and performances showcasing the intersection of science, technology, arts, and crafts — many of them immersive and interactive.

Rochester Mini Maker Faire attracts a broad array of people and exposes them to technology, art, and engineering. Dan Schneiderman, co-chair of Rochester Mini Maker Faire and NYS representative of the White House Nation of Makers Initiative, says,  “Maker Faire brings everyone together: from kids to grandparents, artists to engineers, professionals to hobbyists. Anyone with a passion for making.”
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Career Opportunities in Optics, Photonics & Imaging

Posted August 17, 2016 by rrpc
Categories: AIM Photonics, Economic Development, Education & Training, New York Photonics, New York State Optics, NYPhotonics, Optics, Photonics

Photonics jobs: Preparing today for future openings​

Top leaders at the American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics (AIM Photonics) say the projected optical technician jobs won’t be here for at least two or three years. That means anyone looking for a future photonics job has 25 months to learn more about the industry.

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New York Photonics Executive Director Talks About AIM Photonics One Year After Announcement

Posted August 11, 2016 by rrpc
Categories: AIM Photonics, New York Photonics, New York State Optics, NYPhotonics

New York Photonics Executive Director, Tom Battley spoke with Kevin Gillan of WARM 101.3, Stephens Media Group about the impact of Photonics in Rochester

Danforth to Offer Free Cleanroom Training

Posted August 1, 2016 by rrpc
Categories: RRPC Calendar, Workforce Development News

Danforth – Victor
930 Old Dutch Rd
Victor, NY 14564

Rochester – August 17

  • 7:30am – Registration/Breakfast
  • 8am – 12pm – Seminar/Lunch
  • 1pm – 2pm – High Purity Fab Facility Tour

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By phone: (716) 832-1940 
Ask for Ro Cieri


East High School Summer Optics Manufacturing Immersion Concludes

Posted August 1, 2016 by rrpc
Categories: New York State Optics, NYPhotonics, Workforce Development News

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… but we have a feeling that some careers are beginning!

  • Nine students in East High’s Precision Optics Fabrication Program worked for 60 hours over 3 weeks making precision optical lenses.
  • The students generated, loose abrasively ground, and polished microscope objectives and lenses for eyepieces and well as other components.
  • Each student measured final parts on a Zygo GPI interferometer, made adjustments to the polishing stroke, and made a final measurement. The minimum specification was ½ wave. The top three final parts were 1/10th wave, 1/7th wave, and 1/6th wave.
  • Students honed their fabrication skills generating, grinding, and polishing blocks of other lenses.
  • Students went on tours of Corning Tropel and QED.
  • When the students come back in the fall, they will continue their work on the alignment of the lenses and assembly into telescope housings.

Teachers Paul Conrow and Paul Eckert with students on payday. East High students are Jean Carlos Alomar, Alejandra Cedeno, Jonathon Gonzalez, Jemiya Manor, Rishad Ragland, Demier Ramos Hill, Tijanna Stephens, Starr Holmes

East High School and University of Rochester Optics Students Join APPLIED IMAGE

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

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New hires fulfill company’s commitment to FAME initiative aimed at providing work experience and skills development to students and young professionals.

APPLIED IMAGE has signed the FAME 5% Pledge to provide valuable skills and work experience to young employees in Rochester.

Finger Lakes Advanced Manufacturer’s Enterprise (FAME) created the 5% Pledge to inspire organizations to make a commitment to the future workforce. The pledge states that for every twenty employees, the organization will hire one temporary intern, co-op, high school student or long-term unemployed individual.

The initiative allows workers to be exposed to the manufacturing culture, understand high-tech capacity and learn the necessary skills for success in the industry. Students have the opportunity to build their skill set in manufacturing and contribute to the high tech workforce.Applied Image Logo

APPLIED IMAGE has already fulfilled the pledge by bringing on two new team members. University of Rochester optics student Ava Hurlock will be working as an intern this summer. Hurlock is a junior optical engineering major planning to continue her education toward a master’s degree.

Additionally, APPLIED IMAGE recently hired Ricardo Borges, a 2016 graduate of East High School’s optics training program, as a full-time employee. Borges developed an interest in optics during his 10th grade science class; he then joined East High’s Precision Optics Program, the only program of its kind in the United States. The East High lab is training the next generation of Rochester’s precision optical technicians, engineers and scientists.

“Since starting here at APPLIED IMAGE, my hands-on experience in optical manufacturing techniques and inspection has grown exponentially,” said Borges, who has already begun his work with the company.

“Ava and Ricardo have been great additions to our APPLIED IMAGE team. They have both demonstrated the skills, interest and ability to learn and quickly contribute, and we’re delighted to support the development of the future workforce through the FAME 5% Pledge,” said Glenn Jackling, president of APPLIED IMAGE. “FAME’s 5% Pledge emphasizes the importance of this continuing growth and sustainability for optics and photonics in the Greater Rochester area.”

Established in 1978, APPLIED IMAGE Inc. ( started as a manufacturer of high quality Precision imaged components, calibration standards, linear scales and test targets. Since then, APPLIED has expanded their manufacturing capabilities to include image analysis standards, sinusoidal array patterns, UPC-EAN barcode calibration standards, ISO, IEEE, AIM, ANSI, ISEA and other society image quality standards. The culminating selection of products has become the basis for the APPLIED IMAGE “off-the-shelf” product lines, which can be found and purchased on the APPLIED IMAGE website. APPLIED is also renowned for their custom manufacturing and innovation capabilities, which include custom ball (spherical) optical lenses, PhotoMask and component sub-assembly services. With their knowledgeable engineering and manufacturing staff, they have provided imaged components for a wide variety of industries and applications around the world. From microrobotic components to calibration standards for the Mars Rover and the International Space Station, APPLIED does it all, truly making APPLIED IMAGE “Where IMAGE Concepts Become Reality.”


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