Archive for April 2016

National Photonics Initiative and NYPhotonics On The Hill For Congressional Visits

April 15, 2016

This week we were in DC for Congressional Visits Day and STEM on The Hill, combining forces with our colleagues at OSA and SPIE and ASTRA to educate and inform our delegation about the importance of Optics, Photonics and Imaging to our national security and to the economy.  Our work impacts American lives in so many areas: health care, defense, security and consumer products just to name a few, that it is important to identify, emphasize and support legislation that is important to our membership.

The Optical Society of America (OSA) and International Society For Photonics (SPIE) have really stepped up their lobbying game with the National Photonics Initiative, and their hard work makes our work on The Hill so much easier.

Acknowledgement is due to OSA President, Elizabeth Rogan and SPIE President, Eugene Arthurs for their leadership, and to OSA staff Laura Kolton and Brandy Dillingham and SPIE staff Krisinda Plenkovich and Jennifer Dsouris.  Without their hard work and leadership the NPI would not exist and there would have been no Photonics NMI opportunity that resulted in AIM Photonics, focused upon the development of integrated photonics.  This is important to keep in mind with so many people taking bows.  If you see any of these folks at events and conferences around the world, thank them for their good work.

This week we were fortunate to be joined by two PhD candidates, Jacob Wirth from RIT and Fabrizio Bucccheri, from UR, whose concise descriptions of their work, its relevance to national security, and the importance of U.S. investment in fundamental research that made it possible brought home our R&D message when talking to Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, Congressman Christopher Smith, Senator Robert Menendez, Senator Corey Booker, Senator Kristen Gillibrand and Senator Chuck Schumer.

Fabrizio’s and Jacob’s participation in this week’s events were made possible by student travel grants from OSA.  What a great opportunity for these students.  An interesting note: Jacob’s research colleague at Naval Research Labs was a prior student participant in Congressional Visits Day.

For a look at this week’s talking points during our congressional visits, click here: 2016 NPI Talking Points

 

In Rochester Congresswoman Louise Slaughter's office. Left to right: AIM Photonics Executive, Ed White; Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY25); UR PhD candidate, Fabrizio Buccheri; RIT PhD candidate, Jacob Wirth; New York Photonics Executive Director, Tom Battley

In Rochester Congresswoman Louise Slaughter’s office. Left to right: AIM Photonics Executive, Ed White; Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY25); UR PhD candidate, Fabrizio Buccheri; RIT PhD candidate, Jacob Wirth; New York Photonics Executive Director, Tom Battley

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In Senator Chuck Schumer’s office, Left to right: New York Photonics Executive Director, Tom Battley; University of Rochester PhD candidate, Fabrizio Buccheri; US Senator, Chuck Schumer (New York); RIT PhD candidate, Jacob Wirth; AIM Photonics Executive, Ed White; retired Corning researcher, Richard Vodhanel PhD.

New Scale Technologies Micro-positioner Has Applications in Retinal Microsurgery, Robotic End-of-arm Tooling, other applications

April 14, 2016

Tiny Micro-positioner Has Applications in Retinal Microsurgery, Robotic End-of-arm Tooling, MEMS and photonics micro-manufacturing, and fiber positioning and alignment

New Scale Technologies, Inc. (www.newscaletech.com) is developing the world’s smallest commercial hexapod under a Phase 1 Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grant. Awarded by the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the grant funds development of a clinically-compatible, six-degree-of-freedom (6-DOF) hand-held micromanipulator for hand tremor cancellation in microsurgical systems.

A prototype micromanipulator was developed the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University with New Scale contributions. At less than 25 mm in diameter, it was the first hexapod or Gough-Stewart platform small enough for use in a hand-held instrument.

 New Scale is using the SBIR grant to develop an improved hexapod system with the same small size as the prototype, preparing the way for a clinically-compatible product ready for commercialization. Specific aims include improved dynamic performance, higher precision, and integration of a microcontroller with local feedback and motion control. Additionally, New Scale will evaluate the feasibility of a future wireless instrument with MEMS inertial sensors, on-board batteries and wireless communication.

 The hexapod system incorporates six piezoelectric SQUIGGLE® micro motors, miniature bearing assemblies, motor mounts, flexures, spring preloads and miniature drive electronics.

 In the handheld surgical tool, CMU algorithms enable the hexapod system to track its own motion, filter the undesired motion component, and deflect the tool tip with equal and opposite motion to reduce tremor amplitude. The CMU research was published in IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, Volume 20, Issue 2, by Yang, MacLachlan and Riviere.

 With its unprecedented small size and submicron precision, a commercialized version of the miniature hexapod has utility beyond microsurgery. Applications include use as a robotic end-effector for testing and manufacture of MEMS and photonics accessories, and positioning and alignment of collimated fibers or assemblies.NewScale-hexapod-SBIR-PRsmall

 

M3 “micro-mechatronic module” platform delivers key benefits

 The micro hexapod positioner builds on New Scale’s M3 “micro-mechatronic module” development platform, enabling the smallest, highest resolution, most repeatable closed-loop positioning solutions available. Each M3 smart module integrates New Scale’s patented and proprietary SQUIGGLE® or UTAF™ piezoelectric motors, drive electronics, position sensors, micro mechanical guides and control technologies. These “all in-one” smart modules plug-and-play directly with an embedded processor and provide the fastest time to market with the lowest total cost.

Let It Be Resolved!  OSA 100 Years

April 12, 2016

  

Hangin’ With The #46 School Photonics Posse

April 4, 2016

Photonics presentation during a monthly Carroll Convention at RCSD Charles Carroll School #46 this morning!

Another shout out to Diane Eagles.  While people pontificate, teachers TEACH.


  

Optics & Photonics Investments Will Continue To Spur Regional Economic Growth

April 1, 2016

In August, Vice President Joe Biden, U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter and Gov. Andrew Cuomo designated Rochester as headquarters for a $650 million integrated photonics startup, AIM Photonics. The intent of the institute is to design and build computer chips that use light (photons), rather than electronics (electrons), wherever possible. The technology has broad transformational potential across all industries and positions our state and city as potential big winners in this high-stakes effort, with new companies and new engineering and manufacturing jobs.

The Finger Lakes region also won one of New York’s coveted Upstate Revitalization Initiative awards of $500 million over five years, with optics and photonics a key economic pillar. This separate award holds extraordinary potential for our region, and for New York.

The members of New York Photonics approach this responsibility seriously. A transformational project of the sort that will leverage our technical, educational and intellectual resources takes time to cultivate.

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