Archive for July 2013

Kodak’s Fading Moment

July 31, 2013

“Matteson points out that there were four significant changes among four different chiefs between 1988 and 2012: Chandler bought Sterling Drug in 1988 to leverage the chemical wing by moving into pharma; Fisher said he could make digital cameras a success; Dan Carp touted a global model that pushed digital cameras but reemphasized the legacy film business; Antonio Perez, the outgoing head, steered the company in a completely different direction to printing as he came from the Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) mold.

In each event, the company spun off significant resources and whipsawed employees into dizzying directions.”

New University/Industry Partnership Will Advance Optical Science and Engineering

July 30, 2013

A new center led by the University of Rochester will receive over $4 million in combined federal, industry and academic funding to advance the emerging area of freeform optics.

Freeform optics could transform 21st century optical science. It could allow for a wider range of shapes for lenses and mirrors, which until recently had been mostly limited to spherical shapes, and they could be targeted to their use. Although the production of freeform surfaces became possible just a few years ago, researchers have already identified broad applications, including mobile displays, LED lighting, remote sensing devices and astronomical instrumentation.


Cuomo rates as ‘sideshow’ in political circus

July 18, 2013

A circus-themed report from a left-leaning Washington, D.C.-based good-government group brought no amusement to Gov. Andrew Cuomo‘s administration after it selected him as one of the nation’s 18 worst governors.

The analysis from the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington categorized Cuomo as a “sideshow” — the least awful of its three categories of bad executives — for what the group described as transparency and cronyism failures.

Nanocollege Split From U. Albany: Genius or Hubris?

July 17, 2013

Albany Nanotech as it is known, has grown from an idea residing in the basement of the University at Albany Meteorological Center with a few researchers, into a powerhouse that helped attract Sematech to the region from Austin, and billions of dollars investment in the region. It has put Albany “on the map” with technology and investment capital. Unimaginable twenty years ago. Still, their progress has been pretty much fueled with taxpayer money and tax breaks for the Global Foundries project. Is this new move a smart move?

Sydor Optics Receives ISO 9001:2008 Certification

July 12, 2013

Sydor Optics announced today it has received certification to the ISO 9001:2008 quality management standards. This achievement affords Sydor’s U.S. and international customers a globally recognized standard of quality assurance.Sydor-jpg

Sydor Optics has operated in general compliance with the ISO 9000 standards since 2004. Sydor provides custom flat optics such as glass wafers, mirrors, plate beamsplitters and windows for defense, entertainment, medical and semiconductor applications. This certification should save Sydor’s customers’ time during the qualification and audit stages of the procurement process.

The company worked with Alliance for Manufacturing and Technology ( of Binghamton, NY to perform the baseline audit in September 2012 which assessed for gaps between Sydor’s previous quality management system and the ISO requirements. In November of 2012 Sydor began working with AM&T to make the revisions to the quality management system to bring it into full compliance with the ISO standards. The final audit was concluded in June 2013 by NSF.

Sydor Optics has continually made investments into metrology equipment to add capabilities and improve quality assurance. Their 2011 expansion included significant investments in metrology and automation. In 2012 the implementation of an ERP system further strengthened Sydor’s ability to monitor and control its optical manufacturing processes.

“ISO 9001:2008 certification was a natural next step, and one that our customers value,” said Jim Sydor, CEO and owner. “Our customers know that their programs are handled according to optimal quality standards.”

Sydor Optics is also ITAR registered.

About Sydor Optics (

Founded in 1964, Sydor Optics is a precision optics manufacturer based in Rochester, NY producing precision, flat-surfaced, parallel & wedged optics. Sydor Optics produces custom colored glass filters, glass wafers, lightpipes, machined glass components, mirrors, optical flats, plate beamsplitters, prisms, wedges and windows. For more information, visit


RIT engineering faculty support Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster program

July 2, 2013

Integrated circuit fabrication training presented as part of workforce initiative

RIT recently completed a weeklong training in integrated circuit fabrication technology in support of Finger Lakes Economic Development initiatives. The training about semiconductor industry processes was conducted by faculty from the Department of Electrical and Microelectronic Engineering in RIT’s Kate Gleason College of Engineering, and presented to individuals from local, regional and international companies, including India and Singapore.

Save the Date! RRPC / New York Photonics 2013 Annual Meeting

July 2, 2013

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Rochester Museum and Science Center

An update on the National Photonics Initiative and what it means for Rochester and our nation.


More to follow.