New York Photonics Talks Photons with Rochester Visitor Industry Council Leaders

Posted September 21, 2016 by rrpc
Categories: Integrated Photonics, New York Photonics, NYPhotonics, Optics


… and quite the crowd they are!

This is the presentation that would not run on the AV system.
For those of you that attended, let me know how I did without the digital crutch!

Thank you, Visit Rochester: Don Jeffries, Denise DeSantis-Penwright, Greg LaDuca and our Photonics Liaison, Wendy Ford.vic
And thank you to all of the other industry professionals for the warm welcome and keen interest in photonics technology!


>>The PDF<<

1916 – 2016: Germanow-Simon Companies Celebrating 100 Years

Posted September 21, 2016 by rrpc
Categories: New York Photonics, New York State Optics, NYPhotonics, Optics


Local Company Innovates To Compete and Thrive

The Germanow-Simon Companies, one of the Finger Lakes Area’s oldest continually operating manufacturing businesses, is celebrating its 100th anniversary next month.

In 1905, Harry Germanow arrived at Ellis Island as a teenager, having left his small hometown near Pinsk in what is now Belarus.  By October 1916, when the United States was in the middle of World War I, he and his friend Julius Simon had managed to scrape together $1000 to purchase two very used machine tools to open G-S Machine Works, their own shop on Mills Street.100yearsgstt

Since 1928 the company’s factory has been located in 1890’s vintage multi-story brick industrial buildings on St. Paul Street across from the Genesee Brewing Company.  Precision machining and tooling—today known as advanced manufacturing skills—were at the core of the quality work produced there.

Still today, specialized machinery and customized tooling are key elements in the manufacturing operations of GS Plastic Optics and Tel-Tru Manufacturing Company, the Germanow-Simon Companies.  Those buildings on St. Paul Street have been renovated significantly, and within those old brick walls there are now approximately 100 employees doing High Tech manufacturing!

GS Plastic Optics employs single point diamond turning, injection molding, thin film deposition coating and advanced metrology instruments to manufacture plastic optical components.  The company has grown to be a world-class manufacturer of polymer optical elements, and provides integrated optical solutions for a wide range of military, medical, commercial and consumer markets.

Tel-Tru Manufacturing Company using metal stamping, CNC turning equipment, and CNC vision systems, has grown to be a widely respected manufacturer of bimetal and digital thermometers as well as other temperature and pressure instruments and related accessories, for sanitary, industrial, OEM, HVAC, and food service applications and equipment worldwide.

To celebrate the dedication of generations of GS Plastic Optics and Tel-Tru staff, G-S is opening its doors to friends and families on Friday afternoon to celebrate this major milestone.  “We are pleased, honored and humbled when we reflect on the one hundred years of evolving markets, products offered, manufacturing methods, and channels of distribution our business has encountered.  We strive every day to produce the best product performance and quality possible for our valued customers.  We love the ‘magic of manufacturing’ and look forward to the next one hundred years of serving customers”, stated Andy Germanow, CEO of the Germanow-Simon Companies, and grandson of Harry.

The company and its CEO were cited late last year as an “Urban Innovator.”


The Germanow Simon Team in Earlier Days — The Company Continues its History of Innovation.

 About the Germanow-Simon Companies

Every day GS Plastic Optics works with program leaders on complex optical challenges by providing polymer optics designed specifically for improving our customers’ market share and competitiveness.

Tel-Tru Manufacturing Company engineers industrial quality temperature instruments that improve our customers’ product quality and operational performance.

Contact:Kati Chenot, Marketing Communications Manager | Phone: 585.232.1440

18th Annual Photonics Clambake During Frontiers in Optics 2016

Posted September 13, 2016 by rrpc
Categories: New York Photonics, NYPhotonics, RRPC Calendar


Frontiers in Optics 2016 is quickly approaching and so is the annual PHOTONICS CLAMBAKE!

The Photonics Clambake is a melting pot of optics & photonics professionals who gather to enjoy one of the industry’s premier networking events while relaxing with refreshing beverages, great food and lots of clams. The turnout for the last clambake was a record 540 people.

Event Details:

Date: Tuesday, October 18
Time: 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Location: Hyatt Regency Rochester
Cost: $80 per person

What Your Ticket Includes:
Four dozen steamed clams plus dinner buffet including: BBQ chicken, pasta, salt potatoes, corn on the cob and salad.
Three hours of open bar to include wine beer and liquor.

 Reservations & Payment:
All payments are to be made in advance no later than WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12

No payments will be accepted at the door

>>Registration Form Here<<

Fraunhofer and Schiller University Guests: Tomorrow at New York Photonics Networking

Posted September 12, 2016 by rrpc
Categories: Events, New York Photonics, New York State Optics, NYPhotonics


Join us in RMSC’s Patricia Hale Gallery this Tuesday, September 13th!

What do you know about photonics?  We’ll be handing out the SPIE Photonics Infographics books to attendees.
 As usual, we’ll have a bar and hors d’oeuvres to satisfy your hunger and your thirst!

>>Click Here<<

Rochester’s Alexis Vogt, Honored Among 2016 “40 under 40”

Posted September 9, 2016 by rrpc
Categories: Education & Training, New York Photonics, New York State Optics, NYPhotonics, Photonics, Recognition

On the heels of 2015’s International Year of Light, Rochester, New York is achieving greater recognition for its preeminence in optics, photonics and imaging. Rochester’s 2015 designation as headquarters for AIM Photonics will bring with it a new Test, Assembly & Packaging plant to begin construction in 2017, with new jobs, new technologies and new skill set demands.

It seems fitting that 2016 is the year that the community has chosen to recognize one of Rochester’s “optics shining stars,” Alexis Vogt as one of our “40 under 40.”vogt-pic

Vogt, currently Endowed Chair & Associate Professor of Optics at Monroe Community College in Rochester, NY, teaches in the only Optical Systems Technology program in the nation.  The program is at maximum enrollment for Fall, 2016.

A PhD from the University of Rochester Institute of Optics with a specialized emphasis on polarization engineering, coherence theory and microscopy, Vogt has already achieved career objectives that many people only dream about.

While engaged in her UR studies Vogt had already achieved distinction:

  • Dean’s List 10 of 10 semesters and Tau Beta Pi National Honorary Engineering Society
  • Recipient of 2000 Institute of Optics Faculty Award
  • Recipient of 2001 Undergraduate Teaching Award
  • University of Rochester Trustees’ Alumni Council of the College member 2001 – 2004

She interned at Corning, Inc. in metrology for optical fiber, where she designed and developed certification devices to increase accuracy and reliability of fiber draws.

In her spare time, she defined “light” and “polarization” for the World Book Encyclopedia, got married and had two children.

At Bausch & Lomb she was manager of medical affairs in the advanced optical design and metrology department where she was awarded the 2012 CEO Award Recipient for “directly showcasing Bausch + Lomb optical designs to eye care professionals in a compelling and engaging way…” and the 2011 Focus on Excellence award.

As an optical physicist, Vogt was applications engineer, business development manager and senior product manager at Melles Griot in Rochester, where she was awarded the 2015 IDEX KEEP Award for high performance and was offered financial incentives to remain at IDEX.

She instead chose an endowed professorship at MCC in optical systems technology.

“Each day I reflect on how fortunate and blessed I am to have such a wonderful family, and a job that I love in a community I love.” Says Vogt. ” The birthplace of optics in America is Rochester, NY, and to be educating students at Monroe Community College and helping them prepare for a career in optics, photonics and imaging is incredibly rewarding.  The only limit to what they can do is their own ambition.  We have CEOs in Rochester with a 2-year degree from our program.”

“As we move forward and grow our optics program to meet the increasing regional and national optics workforce demands, I want more families to encourage their children to pursue interests in science and physics, especially their daughters.” 

Alexis’ last name, Vogt, has her at the bottom of the list alphabetically, but we think that she belongs at the top!  

We are delighted that she will be a speaker at the New York Photonics Annual meeting in Rochester on October 27th.

>>Awardees Here<<

Optimax Systems Growing in Rochester

Posted September 9, 2016 by rrpc
Categories: New York Photonics

Local optics company Optimax Systems plans to hire 35 new people by 2019 to staff its expanding research and development operation.

Optimax LogoEmpire State Development, New York’s economic development arm, has offered Optimax a $250,000 grant to help fund the R&D expansion.

>>Read More Here<<  >>or Here<<

Rochester Precision Optics Wins Phase 2 STTR Grant for Chalcogenide Glass Mid-IR

Posted September 9, 2016 by rrpc
Categories: Industry Research, Materials, New York Photonics, New York State Optics, NYPhotonics


Rochester Precision Optics Wins Phase 2 STTR Grant for Chalcogenide Glass Mid-IR

Rochester Precision Optics, LLC (RPO) has been awarded a grant from the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) to pursue chalcogenide glass IR optic development for quantum cascade lasers.

RPO, after successful completion of Phase 1 STTR, seeks to develop a fast axis collimating lens for quantum cascade lasers (QCL), which are tunable to emit in the full infrared range. Because primary applications are wide, the lenses must withstand the stress of both continuous wave and pulsed laser emission. Lenses for this application are not known to currently exist, making RPO first in the industry to achieve a working prototype.

“Our work in developing chalcogenide IR lenses for QCL is just one example of RPO’s commitment to innovation,” said RPO President Dane Hileman.RPO

To date, RPO has successfully designed the lens, as well as test materials and coatings for damage threshold. By the end of Phase 1, a working prototype was produced and provided to the Air Force for testing.

“We had great results with the prototype,” said Dr. George Lindberg, RPO’s Glass Materials Manager and principal investigator on the project. With no damage recorded during testing, Dr. Lindberg is looking forward to progressing the design and manufacturability process in Phase 2.

Although QCL systems are in their infancy, price and performance improvements have opened up commercialization opportunities for QCL. Potential applications range from military systems to spectroscopy, including medical, scientific, research, security and pollution monitoring. RPO projects that continued market growth for quantum cascade lasers will result in similar market growth for chalcogenide lenses.

About Rochester Precision Optics

Rochester Precision Optics ( is a proven partner to market leaders in medical device, security, defense, life sciences and consumer electronics manufacturing. RPO leads in high volume production of IR and precision glass molding, providing complete design and manufacturing services, from prototype to high volume fabrication and assembly.

About STTR

The Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR; is a program that expands funding opportunities in the federal innovation research and development (R&D) arena. The program is focused on the expansion of the public/private sector partnership to include the joint venture opportunities for small businesses and nonprofit research institutions. The STTR program requires small businesses to formally collaborate with a research institution in Phase I and Phase II. STTR’s most important role is to bridge the gap between performance of basic science and commercialization of resulting innovations.