Archive for July 2012

Sydor Optics’ James Sydor Offers $250K Match to Corning Incorporated Foundation Grant

July 31, 2012

James Sydor, President & CEO of Stefan Sydor Optics has made personal donation of $250,000 to Monroe Community College’s Optical Systems Technology program, the only program of its kind in the U.S.  Jim’s contribution is a 50%  match to the Corning Incorporated Foundation  grant of $500,000.

Jim  has been involved with the program going back to the early 1970’s when he graduated with an Associate Degree. Today he is a member of the Optics Advisory Committee at MCC where he provides insight into curriculum and industry needs.

The MCC optics program, which offers one year certificates and associate degrees in optical systems technology, has been revitalized over the past few years with much support from the local optics community with outreach and donations of time and equipment for the optics laboratory. The 2012-2013 school year will start with 25 students with only 3 spaces open.

The Sydor Optics delivery van is now wrapped in an ad promoting the MCC program.

Corning Incorporated Foundation Grant Strengthens Optics Pipeline

July 29, 2012

In an effort initiated by the RRPC, Corning Incorporated Foundation is collaborating with MCC to help build educational opportunities in optics technologies for area students – and, at the same time, provide a pipeline of skilled workers for optics companies.

Over the next five years, Corning Incorporated Foundation will provide a $500,000 grant to MCC as it builds and serves more students in its optical systems technology degree and certificate programs.

MCC, which established its optics degree program in 1971, plans to upgrade equipment in its optics labs and bolster the curriculum to keep pace with current needs in the manufacturing sector. It also plans a comprehensive awareness campaign to encourage more students to consider a career path in optics. Scholarships for students pursuing a degree in optics are also available.

Karen C. Martin, president of Corning Incorporated Foundation, said the grant is part of the Foundation’s strategy to support selected science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programs.

“The United States now ranks 27th among 29 developed countries for the production of STEM degrees,” she said. “More and more, our country needs skilled workers who can step into today’s high-tech manufacturing jobs, particularly at the technician level.

“From its beginning 60 years ago, the Foundation has supported higher education, particularly science and technology-based curricula which results in a more highly-skilled workforce,” she added. “We’re proud to be collaborating with Monroe Community College and working toward our mutual goals.”

Rochester long has been the home of such iconic optics firms as Eastman Kodak Company, Xerox Corporation, and Bausch & Lomb. Over the decades, numerous operations have joined the community, focused on the design and manufacture of optical components and systems for applications ranging from aerospace, defense, semiconductor and a host of other industries requiring optics.  Among them is Corning Fairport (also known as Corning Tropel Corporation) which is part of the Corning Specialty Materials – Advanced Optics Division.  This location is known around the world for its sophisticated precision optics and metrology systems used in a wide array of advanced applications.

“I came to MCC because I knew its optics program was one of the best in the area. My education has paid off because it got me a job while I was still in school,” said David DiPonzio, who expects to graduate with a degree in December. Currently he is working full time as a laser technician at the University of Rochester’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics. “I chose the optics field because I have the opportunity to use cutting-edge technology to improve the way of life for mankind and because of the many job opportunities available in the Greater Rochester area– from defense to medical to fusion science.”

“This extraordinary financial commitment by the Corning Incorporated Foundation comes at the right time to help satisfy growing employer demand for skilled workers in the optics field,” said Diane L. Shoger, executive director of the Monroe Community College Foundation. “With optics companies expanding in our region, this investment will help MCC guide more students into career paths that will lead them to quality jobs available today.”

“The Foundation grant reinforces the core importance of career technical education in our region, particularly with respect to the optics industry that has been a foundation of the Rochester economy for over a century,” said Damon W. Diehl, Ph.D., assistant professor of engineering technologies at MCC. “This funding will support MCC’s outreach to regional high schools, and it will allow us to update laboratory equipment so that our graduates exit the program with hands-on skills that are immediately relevant in industry.”

MCC offers summer optics camps for students in Monroe County and job-readiness programs for students in the Greater Rochester region to help them gain an appreciation for career opportunities in optics. Rochester companies like Sydor Optics, Optimax Systems, Inc. and Advanced Glass Industries are owned and operated by graduates of the MCC program.

The presentation that got the ball rolling is here: corning_mccabe

Optipro Biannual SBIR Review Meeting

July 29, 2012

OptiPro’s SBIR Review Meeting was a success once again as nearly 60 people attended the biannual event. The meeting, which took place on June 28th, brought representatives from government agencies, prime contractors, and companies from all across the nation to see the most recent advancements being made in the precision optics industry due to the funding provided by SBIR contracts. 13 individuals, including 7 OptiPro employees, updated the group on recent developments regarding a wide range of topics – from precise finishing to accurate measurement of complex shapes made from both hard and soft materials. Other companies that presented their progress in the SBIR program included QED Technologies, Applied Science Innovations, ASE Optics, Optimax Systems, and CeraNova.

Upon completion of the presentations, attendees stopped by OptiPro’s facility to receive a shop tour and view machine demonstrations of OptiPro’s equipment, including the all new PRO 80GTS, PRO 80P, PRO 80UFF and PRO Tower. Guests also enjoyed beer, wine, and appetizers while networking with one another.

OptiPro thanks both Dan Harris of the US Navy and Brian Jones of the US Army for their continued contributions to the SBIR program. They also thank everyone who took the time out of their busy schedules to attend the event. To view pictures from the event, click here.

Applied Image Components Aboard NASA Mars Science Laboratory

July 21, 2012

Applied Image aboard the land rover “Curiosity”

APPLIED IMAGE inc is pleased to be a part of the “NASA Mars Science Laboratory” mission which is now streaming towards the planet Mars and expected to arrive around August 5th, 2012.  On board the spacecraft  is a new more sophisticated Mars rover named “Curiosity”.  The rover Curiosity is designed to land on Mars,  drive over various Martian terrains, gather and analyze samples along the way, and also collect other important data. One of the objectives of the mission is to determine if Mars has, or has ever had, the conditions necessary to support life.

“This is very exciting for us at APPLIED IMAGE” said CEO Bruno Glavich.  “We are the manufacturer of the critical calibration target that is on board the Curiosity.  All the credit goes to our team who did a terrific job in making sure that the test target keeps the cameras and imaging systems working to their optimal capabilities. The target itself is an imbedded device and will remain forever on the planet Mars with the rover. “We can now say that we are not only #1 in the world with our imaging standards, but also that our imaging standards are truly out of this world.”

This one-of-a-kind, mission critical imaging calibration device — called the ‘Mars Hand Lens Imager (MALHI) calibration target’ — was manufactured by APPLIED IMAGE to precise NASA specifications necessary to withstand the harsh Martian environment, while providing precise IMAGING systems calibration during the service life of the Curiosity rover.

More information on the MALHI system can be seen on the following link:

General information on the Mars mission is available at:

Lumetrics Acquires Assets of WaveFront Sciences from Abbott

July 10, 2012

Assets to Improve Quality Control for Lenses and Open Market for New Scientific Applications

Rochester, New York, July 10, 2012 – Lumetrics Inc. announced today that it is acquiring key assets of the former WaveFront Sciences Company from Abbott.  This business transaction will allow Lumetrics to expand its repertoire of services and grow its business substantially.

Lumetrics, begun in Rochester in 2003, is known for its OptiGauge system, which is designed to reduce production time and enhance quality for the manufacturers of medical devices, optics, and industrial materials.

Two of the three new assets will help Lumetrics in one of its main areas of business – that of assisting lens-makers with quality control.  The new assets include the ClearWave and CrystalWave products, critical in the ophthalmics industry for the production of contact lenses and intraocular lenses.  With these acquisitions, Lumetrics will now be able to help contact lens makers and lens-implant makers reach unprecedented levels of precision.  The ultimate goal is to help manufacturers produce consistently clear, comfortable, and reliable contact and IOL lenses.

With a third product, the CLAS-2D sensor, Lumetrics will have the ability to monitor quality in several new arenas, most notably that of laser light.  The sensor can measure, align, and direct laser light, allowing Lumetrics to work with everything from microscopic optics to satellite communications.

Lumetrics, which started at High Tech Rochester’s (HTR) Lennox Tech Enterprise Center, is expected to grow by 40 percent, with the new acquisitions.  “The WaveFront Sciences products are a perfect fit to our business,” said John Hart, CEO Lumetrics®.  “We share the same ophthalmic customer base and this acquisition allows us to merge our technologies to provide a more feature-rich offering to solve customer problems that neither company could do on its own.”

The new CLAS-2D offering allows Lumetrics® to enter a whole new market with existing and new products.   “We are excited about obtaining such an important diagnostic tool,” Hart said.   “This allows us to better serve our customers and we look forward to the significant growth opportunities these products will bring.”

Lumetrics® closed on the acquisition in July and is in the process of the knowledge transfer to its Rochester, New York headquarters.  Lumetrics® will continue to work with key individuals from WaveFront Sciences, including hardware and software engineers and sales & marketing individuals.  Terms of the acquisition will remain confidential.

“We have finalized orders for new systems, as well as maintenance and service contracts for existing systems,” said Steve Heveron-Smith, Vice President of Business Development.  “Our engineering team, furthermore, is already talking with customers on combined Lumetrics® and WaveFront Sciences products.”

2012 Summer Optics Sizzler

July 3, 2012

The 2012 Summer Optics Sizzler

June 25 – 28, 2012: Students from East and Gates Chili High Schools worked together with volunteers on Projection Science, Snell’s Law, Spectroscopy, Interferometry and Stereo Vision.  On the final day the teams presented their findings to a team of industry volunteers who reviewed and commented on the presentations.

Sizzler Team