Archive for April 2015

Two Photonics NMI Finalists Expected By End Of April

April 3, 2015

The New York Team submitted their application through SUNY Polytechnic Institute (Albany Nanotech) on March 31st. The team includes MIT, RIT, SUNY Polytech, University of Arizona, University of Rochester, USC Santa Barbara and others. Support letters from New York Photonics member companies represent small and medium-sized business support.

The submission was made to the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL).  The final name for the submission was the American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics (AIM Photonics).

The final tally was over 100 total integrated photonic leaders from industry, academia, trade associations, and government as members and supporters with  11 tier 1 members, 4 tier 2 members, 6 tier 3 members and several leading universities.  It is believed to be the strongest team. The team core members worked tirelessly over the past several weeks to put together the best proposal AFRL will receive.  We will see if AFRL agrees.  In the meantime the core team are preparing for an anticipated site visit.

It is expected that two applicants will be chosen by the DoD for site visits by the end of the month.

The support letter from the New York Delegation led by Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) is here:

NY Photonics Support Letter

Hitachi Foundation Recognizes Optimax

April 2, 2015

Optimax Systems, based in Rochester, grew from a struggling startup to what CEO Rick Plympton claims is largest optics manufacturer in the United States. Optimax achieves operational excellence by investing in cutting-edge technology, advancing its people, and sharing 25% of monthly profits with employees. Learn more from The Hitachi Foundation’s Good Work Blog: