Archive for March 2013

National Photonics Initiative Envisioned at Joint Event in DC

March 7, 2013

from the SPIE Newsroom:

Representatives of government and the photonics industry convened in Washington, DC on 28 February for a day-long event intended to raise awareness of the role of photonics and plan for its future in the U.S. economy and everyday life.

The event was a followup to the groundbreaking National Academy of Sciences report “Optics & Photonics: Essential Technologies for Our Nation,” released in August 2012. Four members of the committee that produced the report attended the event: Paul McManamon and Alan Willner, committee cochairs, along with Tom Baer and Edward White.

Organized by SPIE in partnership with four other technical organizations, the meeting consisted of two segments: a morning overview of work done by subcommittees and industry sharing their future needs, and afternoon breakout sessions covering the five key optics and photonics sectors — communication, defense, health and medicine, manufacturing, and energy. The event was held to collect input and identify focus areas for a National Photonics Initiative (NPI), a key recommendation of the Optics & Photonics report.

The breakout sessions were an opportunity for different segments of the photonics community to provide their input on how to proceed with the NPI. The recommendations generated are expected to be released later in March.

“Photonics is a critical enabler for our high-tech economy,” McManamon said. “The Internet, MRIs and CAT scans, and space mission spin-offs such as optical blood diagnostic instruments and infrared cameras that indicate hot spots in a fire are just a few examples of photonics-enabled applications. If the U.S. wants to retain high-tech leadership and jobs, we need the National Photonics Initiative.”

More than 100 people attended, including representatives of numerous government labs and agencies. Some of those included the Department of Energy, National Institute of Standards and Technology, DARPA, the National Science Foundation, Office of Naval Research, and NASA. Industry representatives included attendees from Corning, Agilent, Northrup-Grumman, Alacatel-Lucent, and IBM.

Among the topics discussed were industry’s future needs, how to unify the field through an NPI, and potential partnership opportunities with government agencies. Besides SPIE, sponsoring organizations included OSA (Optical Society), IEEE Photonics Society, American Physical Society, and the Laser Institute of America.

Optics and Photonics, Essential Technologies for Our Nation

Corning Willow Glass for Roll-to-roll

March 7, 2013

52nd Annual Optics Summer School – Plus

March 6, 2013

Scholarships for Optics, Photonics, and Imaging Continuing Education Classes

The Center for Emerging and Innovative Sciences at the University of Rochester is pleased to be able to offer scholarships for a series of summer short courses in optics, photonics, and imaging (OPI). The courses are being held during the summer of 2013 at the University of Rochester and RIT. The scholarships are being made available through a grant from the Employee and Training Administration in the US Department of Labor. The ETA grant is part of a multi-agency grant program that promotes advanced manufacturing jobs creation in regions having strong industrial clusters. The Rochester program is the called the Rochester Regional Optics, Photonics, and Imaging Accelerator, or RRPA for short.

The courses are for:

  • Displaced workers who would like to work in one of the OPI industries
  • People who have jobs outside of the OPI industries but would like to transition into one of them
  • People who currently work in an OPI industry and are interested in furthering their career

What you’ll get from these courses:

  • Specialized skills in growing industries
  • An opportunity to professionally develop with some of the leading minds in the field
  • Certificate of completion

Courses and Scholarships

The Scholarships at the University of Rochester are to attend classes at the Institute of Optics Summer School, which is in it’s 52nd year and runs from June 4, 2013 to June 18, 2013. There are 8 courses to choose from. Click each course to learn more:

1. Optical Thin Film Coating Technology
2. Fundamentals of Optics (with labs)
3. Modern Optical Engineering (with labs)
4. Opto-Mechanical Analysis (with labs)
5. Lasers and Optoelectronics (with labs)
6. Biomedical Optics
7. Optical System Design

The scholarships at RIT are for three new classes that have been created for the RRPA program. There are 3 courses to choose from. Click each course to learn more:
1. Foundations of Imaging Science (with labs)
2. Integrated Circuit Processing (with labs)
3. Optical Thin Film Processing (with labs)

How to Apply

Fill out the short application form and email it to Abigail Brengle,
Click here to download the short application form
Please call Abigail Brengle with any questions (585) 275-2104

CEIS University Technology Showcase – March 26

March 5, 2013

March 26, 2013 | DoubleTree Hotel, Henrietta | 1:00 – 5:00PM

A unique opportunity to learn about some of the innovative applied research being conducted at the University of Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology, and Cornell University. The University Technology Showcase allows industry professionals an exclusive chance to see a snapshot of work being conducted in optics, imaging, and photonics; energy and materials; biomedical technology; and IT being conducted by three of New York’s leading universities. You will be able to discuss with the principal investigators how their work may benefit your company and explore ways for future collaboration and technology transfer. This is the only event of the year where industry can see research from all three of these universities in one location.

The Showcase is free and open to the public.

For a discounted hotel rate, please call 585-475-1510 or go online to and use the code below:
Group Code: EIS
Reservations must be made by March 11, 2013

For more information email Abigail Brengle, call 585.275.2104, or visit

Frontiers in Optics (FiO) 2013/Laser Science (LS) XXIX, October 6-10, 2013 in Orlando

March 4, 2013

Submit a paper to Frontiers in Optics (FiO) 2013/Laser Science (LS) XXIX being held 6-10 October 2013 in Orlando, Florida, USA, the first stop of a 3 year road trip celebrating the countdown to OSA’s 100th Anniversary in 2016. Present your research to colleagues in an environment that fosters one-on-one interaction and offers you the opportunity to network with leaders in industry and academia.

The themes for FiO, the annual meeting of the OSA, cover the widest range of optics-related research and technology and include Optical Design, Fabrication and Instrumentation, Optical Sciences, Optics in Biology and Medicine, Optics in Information Processing, Fiber Optics and Optical Communications, Integrated Photonics, Quantum Electronics, and Vision and Color.

The LS conference, the annual meeting of the American Physical Society (APS)/ Division of Laser Science (DLS), provides an important forum for presenting the latest work on laser applications and development, spanning a broad range of topics in physics, biology and chemistry. The LS themes include Fundamentals and Applications of Photonic Crystals, Optical and Laser-Based Approaches in Chemical and Biological Sensing, Solid-State Quantum Optics, Cold Atoms and Molecules, Optics and Alternative Energy Sources, Attosecond and Strong Field Physics, Ultrafast Chemical Dynamics, Physics with Ultrafast X-rays, Precision Measurements and Metrology Using Lasers, Quantum Information with Photons, Nano-opto-mechanics and General Laser Science.

The FiO 2013/LS XXIX meeting provides the best opportunity to hear the latest innovations in both optical science and engineering. This event guarantees five days of cutting-edge presentations, renowned invited speakers and an array of special events.

Don’t miss out on presenting your research at FiO 2013/LS XXIX. Be sure to submit your paper before the deadline of Monday, 6 May 2013, 12:00pm EDT.

Frontiers in Optics 2013 Chairs
Inuk Kang, Seoul National University, South Korea, General Chair
David Reitze, California Institute of Technology, USA, General Chair
Nikola Alic, University of California-San Diego, USA, Program Chair
David Hagan, University of Central Florida, CREOL, USA, Program Chair

Laser Science XXIX Chairs
Peter J. Delfyett, Jr., University of Central Florida, USA, General Chair
Daniel Gauthier, Duke University, USA, General Chair

Schumer In Rochester Promoting New Manufacturing Legislation

March 4, 2013

Senator Chuck Schumer held a news conference at Eastman Business Park on February 21st to promote legislation he is advancing that will create 15 Institutes for Manufacturing Innovation across the US.

Schumer, along with University of Rochester president Joel Seligman and Rochester Institute of Technology president William Dessler,  fervently asserted that one of those hubs needs be optics, photonics and imaging and ought to be in Rochester. The Nation Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) institute’s would then help companies, especially manufacturers, with financing, grants, high-tech equipment, and trained workers. These hubs would be focused upon a particular industry that has a high potential for growth and new employment.

Schumer sees Rochester as a natural hub for advanced development of photonics and optics. “‘Photonics and optics is one of those new, cutting edge areas,’ he said before a phalanx of media, university and optics industry representatives while standing in Eastman Business Park’s Building 319, “and given the Rochester region’s academic expertise and business history in optics,’ Schumer said, ‘We have a real advantage.’”

Pomatech (precision optics manufacturing), a developing response to the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation, has been in the works since the naming of the first institute, in additive manufacturing last September.