Archive for August 2015

Register For The 2015 New York Photonics Annual Meeting

August 26, 2015

In a hotly contested competition that had a team led by New York State vying with a team led by Florida and another led by Southern California, the DoD has chosen the New York team as the winner for the Integrated Photonics Institute In Manufacturing Innovation:  AIM Photonics.

All the players involved: Governor Cuomo, SUNY Polytech, our Washington DC delegation, RIT, UR, UCSB, MIT, Columbia and others all played important roles —  and put aside differences to work together.

Congresswoman Slaughter and Senator Schumer helped convene the New York Team, Governor Cuomo had the foresight and determination to offer a huge investment to make the application irresistible.  New York’s technology team worked together to leverage their best talents and recruit members of the application team from other states. Everyone worked hard.  New Yorkers can be proud of this announcement.

What is integrated Photonics?
Why is it important to the DoD?
What will this cross-cutting technology mean to our future?
How will it change our lives?
What is the future hold for the National Photonics Initiative?

These is the subjects of this year’s New York Photonics Annual Meeting.

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On A Roll: Cuomo Announces Computer Chip Fab, Thousands of Jobs in Utica, New York

August 20, 2015

Utica, New York, will be getting a computer chip manufacturing plant and a power electronics research facility that will invest billions of dollars in the city and create almost 1,500 new jobs.

The Austrian computer manufacturer ams AG will initially invest $2 billion in a new manufacturing plant in Utica that will create 1,000 jobs. Separately, GE Global Research and the SUNY Polytechnic Institute will develop a power electronics facility in Utica creating another 1,470 jobs, 470 of which will be for GE.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the news today at the SUNY Polytechnic Institute campus in Utica. The announcement was part of day-long events and meetings in Utica to highlight the city’s high-tech growth.

NYPhotonics Supports Leadership Statement

August 19, 2015

New York Photonics Cluster Endorses Leadership Accord 

ROCHESTER, NY, August 18, 2015 – New York Photonics, based in Rochester, NY, endorses the leadership statement issued today by SUNY Polytechnic Institute President and CEO Dr. Alain E. Kaloyeros and University of Rochester President and CEO Joel Seligman.

We salute the leadership of Governor Andrew Cuomo for convening New York’s “Dream Team” and supporting his vision with a major investment.

We thank Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) for her unflagging support of the Photonics NMI effort during the past four years. We thank New York Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand for their support as well.

Thanks also are due to Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle (NY-136) for his determination and support.

The leadership and collaboration that made the AIM Photonics proposal a winner deserve high praise. This includes Dr. Kaloyeros and his team at SUNY Polytech; Joel Seligman and his team at the University of Rochester; President William Destler and his team at RIT, and many, many others.

And finally, once again we thank our partners in the National Photonics Initiative that worked so hard to make this opportunity possible.

It is gratifying to see the collaborative spirit reignited among New York partners with today’s Joint Leadership Statement. We are eager to move forward with the world-class innovation and leading edge manufacturing capabilities that won this proposal. This investment will pay dividends, not only for the Department of Defense in the best integrated photonics technology for U.S. national security, but also for New York Photonics researchers and manufacturers for many years to come.

About New York Photonics

New York Photonics is a not-for-profit organization founded to promote and enhance the New York State Optics, Photonics and Imaging industry by fostering the cooperation of business, academia and government. Our world-class companies and research universities are first in innovation in Optics, Photonics and Imaging Science.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact New York Photonics Executive Director Tom Battley at (585) 329-4029 or email at

RIT Professor to Co-Chair Ultrafast Optics UFO X International Conference in China

August 17, 2015

Rochester Institute of Technology professor Jie Qiao is the general co-chair of the international conference on Ultrafast Optics UFO X taking place in Beijing, China, from Aug. 16 to 21.


Ultrafast optics uses short optical pulses that can provide higher intensity than a continuous wave of light. High-energy lasers can weld, cut and polish glass and other materials. The technology enables integrated photonics and integrated optoelectronics—that combine or bond different materials. Ultrafast optics holds the potential to advance additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, and free-form optics that go beyond traditional spherical shapes.

“Optics is the enabling technology right now for cutting-edge research in telecommunication, energy, environmental sensing and optical displays,” said Qiao, associate professor in RIT’s Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science. “Ultrafast lasers can transform the way optical components are being manufactured, leading to a cost-effective, efficient and environmentally friendly solution for fabricating integrated photonics, freeform optics, micro-optics and optoelectronic packaging.”

Global interest in ultrafast optics has increased participation in the 10th international Ultrafast Optics conference that Qiao helped organized. The biennial event is expected to draw 200 scientists from 20 countries. This year marks the first time the conference has been held in China, which has a growing presence in optics research and development.

Qiao’s leadership role in the international conference and her presentation, “Ultrafast polishing of silicon-based materials”—co-authored with RIT imaging science Ph.D. student Lauren Taylor—help put RIT on the map for ultrafast optics research and associated technologies.

Qiao’s Advanced Optical Fabrication, Instrumentation and Metrology Laboratory at RIT’s Center for Imaging Science produces fundamental research on theoretical modeling and experimental demonstrations of ultrafast lasers and materials interaction. Her other lines of research include an optical differentiation wavefront sensor for freeform metrology and phase imaging, and coherent phasing of segmented large-scale gratings for next-generation telescopes or laser systems.

Qiao gained her reputation in the field of ultrafast optics in 2007 with landmark research at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics at the University of Rochester, where she developed an efficient optical system that produced high-energy, picosecond pulses. Qiao used three half-meter segmented gratings—optical components that control the travel path of different wavelengths of light—to compress high-intensity lasers pulses in a segmented optical system that works like a 1.5-meter, continuous system. Her research appeared in the high-impact journals Optics Letters and Optics Express. Qiao’s solution is now standard technology in high-energy laser optics.

Public Debate Over Administrative Offices for Work Very Few People Understand

August 13, 2015

A group calling itself Rochester Business Leaders Photonics Working Group has proposed a location for AIM Photonics administrative offices, a different location than earlier suggested by University of Rochester president and designated AIM Photonics CEO, Joel Seligman. These parties are working separately from the internationally recognized cluster of OPI companies and research institutes that have developed this industry in Rochester and across New York State.

The Department of Defense has funded this enterprise so that the best scientific leaders in America’s semiconductor and photonics industries will develop and manufacture a photonics-based device at semiconductor scale: tiny things that may look like chips, handling data using light, that will revolutionize the military, consumer product, medical, automotive and computer industries, and our lives in the process.  The research will be distributed across many partners in several locations across the country where comparable expertise also is clustered.

Manufacturing will likely be done in a foundry.  The only foundry near Rochester is in Canandaigua, NY, at STC MEMS, part of SUNY Polytech.  They are designated a “trusted foundry,” a significant DoD category that cannot be replicated in downtown Rochester.  ( )

The DoD has funded this enterprise to develop functional integrated photonics devices, which now are in various conceptual or incomplete development stages in laboratories.

Real Estate Developers and the “Rochester Business Leaders Photonics Working Group” (seriously?  Is it a division of the RUMP Group?) are in a public argument about where an administrative office is going to be located.

The DoD’s designation and future interest in Rochester is unrelated to local development interests. The DoD wants integrated device development as soon as possible. This work can move forward without an administrative office.  It is unclear if it will stall if local interests refuse to coordinate and compromise.  Either way, because of the excellent working partnership so far, New York is leading the nation in an international competition fueled by billions in research dollars.  We have been designated the leaders of this effort and are the focus of international attention.

New York Photonics wants to clarify this matter and again thank partners in the National Photonics Initiative that lobbied for this opportunity for the past four years as well as the excellent people at SPIE and OSA and Alan Willner, cochair of Optics & Photonics, Essential Technologies for Our Nation. All parties who have been involved can be assured that local political maneuvering will not hinder world-class research and development, as well as cutting edge manufacturing expertise.

You have an expectation of innovative world-class research and development with cutting edge science and manufacturing know-how, and Rochester is giving you Family Feud.  It’s temporary.  New York will get its act together shortly.

iPhone Chips May Be Made In New York State

August 5, 2015

Computer chips for the next iPhone will be made at the Samsung Electronics plant in South Korea and the GlobalFoundries factory in Malta, New York.

According to a report by Bloomberg, Apple Inc. picked Samsung and business partner GlobalFoundries over the world’s largest chip manufacturer, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp.

“As far as I know it’s a go,” said industry analyst Jim McGregor, founder and president of Tirias Research in Scottsdale, Arizona. “It’s a high stakes, high visibility win.”

SPIE Student Chapter Captures IYOL Image

August 4, 2015

Students from RIT’s SPIE student chapter recently celebrated the International Year Of Light with a spontaneous audience participation event at Rochester’s Memorial Art Gallery during the opening of the 50th Finger Lakes Art Exhibition on Saturday, July 25th.

RIT Doctoral student, NSF Graduate Research Fellow and SPIE Student Chapter president, Alexandra B. Artusio-Glimpse led a team of fellow students to organize audience members into “painting with light.”