Archive for July 2016

East High School and University of Rochester Optics Students Join APPLIED IMAGE

July 29, 2016

New hires fulfill company’s commitment to FAME initiative aimed at providing work experience and skills development to students and young professionals.

APPLIED IMAGE has signed the FAME 5% Pledge to provide valuable skills and work experience to young employees in Rochester.

Finger Lakes Advanced Manufacturer’s Enterprise (FAME) created the 5% Pledge to inspire organizations to make a commitment to the future workforce. The pledge states that for every twenty employees, the organization will hire one temporary intern, co-op, high school student or long-term unemployed individual.

The initiative allows workers to be exposed to the manufacturing culture, understand high-tech capacity and learn the necessary skills for success in the industry. Students have the opportunity to build their skill set in manufacturing and contribute to the high tech workforce.Applied Image Logo

APPLIED IMAGE has already fulfilled the pledge by bringing on two new team members. University of Rochester optics student Ava Hurlock will be working as an intern this summer. Hurlock is a junior optical engineering major planning to continue her education toward a master’s degree.

Additionally, APPLIED IMAGE recently hired Ricardo Borges, a 2016 graduate of East High School’s optics training program, as a full-time employee. Borges developed an interest in optics during his 10th grade science class; he then joined East High’s Precision Optics Program, the only program of its kind in the United States. The East High lab is training the next generation of Rochester’s precision optical technicians, engineers and scientists.

“Since starting here at APPLIED IMAGE, my hands-on experience in optical manufacturing techniques and inspection has grown exponentially,” said Borges, who has already begun his work with the company.

“Ava and Ricardo have been great additions to our APPLIED IMAGE team. They have both demonstrated the skills, interest and ability to learn and quickly contribute, and we’re delighted to support the development of the future workforce through the FAME 5% Pledge,” said Glenn Jackling, president of APPLIED IMAGE. “FAME’s 5% Pledge emphasizes the importance of this continuing growth and sustainability for optics and photonics in the Greater Rochester area.”

Established in 1978, APPLIED IMAGE Inc. ( started as a manufacturer of high quality Precision imaged components, calibration standards, linear scales and test targets. Since then, APPLIED has expanded their manufacturing capabilities to include image analysis standards, sinusoidal array patterns, UPC-EAN barcode calibration standards, ISO, IEEE, AIM, ANSI, ISEA and other society image quality standards. The culminating selection of products has become the basis for the APPLIED IMAGE “off-the-shelf” product lines, which can be found and purchased on the APPLIED IMAGE website. APPLIED is also renowned for their custom manufacturing and innovation capabilities, which include custom ball (spherical) optical lenses, PhotoMask and component sub-assembly services. With their knowledgeable engineering and manufacturing staff, they have provided imaged components for a wide variety of industries and applications around the world. From microrobotic components to calibration standards for the Mars Rover and the International Space Station, APPLIED does it all, truly making APPLIED IMAGE “Where IMAGE Concepts Become Reality.”

East High School Summer Optics Team Polishing 1/10th Wave Optics

July 21, 2016

Don’t know what that means?  Read on…

These are the only high school students in the nation manufacturing precision optics, and they are doing it during a summer immersion program this July in the East High School Optics Manufacturing Lab.

The scorecard:

“Yesterday, July 20, Alejandra’s optics measured 1/7th wave.”


Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (center), a long time advocate for Rochester’s Optics and Photonics Industry pictured with Adele Ratcliff, Undersecretery for DOD Supply Chain and Manufacturing (second from Left) and the East High Manufacturing team, including teacher Paul Conrow (back row, forth from left)

“Today, Demier Hill’s part measured to 1/10th wave on the Zygo interferometer.”

What does that mean?

Surface flatness is a type of surface accuracy specification that measures the deviation of a flat surface such as that of amirror, window, prism, or plano-lens. This deviation can be measured using an optical flat, which is a high quality, highly precise flat reference surface used to compare the flatness of a test piece. When the flat surface of the test optic is placed against the optical flat, fringes appear whose shape dictates the surface flatness of the optic under inspection. If the fringes are evenly spaced, straight, and parallel, then the optical surface under test is at least as flat as the reference optical flat. If the fringes are curved, the number of fringes between two imaginary lines, one tangent to the center of a fringe and one through the ends of that same fringe, indicate the flatness error. The deviations in flatness are often measured in values of waves (λ), which are multiples of the wavelength of the testing source. One fringe corresponds to ½ of a wave. 1λ flatness is considered typical grade, λ/4 flatness is considered to be precision grade, and λ/20 is considered high precision grade.

These students are achieving professional level results in terms of surface flatness, and are on their way towards possible careers in the optics, photonics and imaging industry.

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July 12, 2016

>>Full Press Release here.<<

The actual language that Senator Schumer got in the base bill is this:


 (a) FINDINGS.—Congress makes the following findings:

(1)    The 1998 National Research Council Report, ‘‘Harnessing Light’’ presented a comprehensive overview on the importance of optics and photonics to various sectors of the United States economy.

(2) In 2012, in response to increased coordination and investment by other nations, the National Research Council released a follow up study recommending a national photonics initiative to increase collaboration and coordination among United States industry, Federal and State government, and academia to identify and further advance areas of photonics critical to regaining United States competitiveness and maintaining national security.

(3) Publicly-traded companies focused on optics and photonics in the United States enable more than $3 trillion in revenue annually.


(b) SENSE OF CONGRESS.—It is the sense of Congress that—

(1) optics and photonics research and technologies promote United States global competitiveness in industry sectors, including telecommunications and information technology, energy, healthcare and medicine, manufacturing, and defense;

(2) Federal science agencies, industry, and academia should seek partnerships with each other to develop basic research in optics and photonics into more mature technologies and capabilities; and

(3) each Federal science agency, as appropriate, should—

(A) survey and identify optics and photonics-related programs within that Federal science agency and share results with other Federal science agencies for the purpose of generating multiple applications and uses;

(B) partner with the private sector and academia to leverage knowledge and resources to maximize opportunities for innovation in optics and photonics, and

(C) explore research and development opportunities, including Federal and private sector-sponsored internships, to ensure a highly trained optics and photonics workforce in the United States.

(D)Encourage partnerships between academia and industry to promote improvement in the education of optics and photonics technicians at the secondary school level, undergraduate, and two-year college, including through the NSF Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program; and 

(E) assess existing programs and explore alternatives to modernize photonics laboratory equipment in undergraduate institutions in the US to facilitate critical hands-on learning.

RIT Imaging Science Vets Future UAV Imaging Technologies

July 1, 2016

The Property Drone Consortium (PDC), a collaboration that consists of insurance carriers, roofing industry leaders and supporting enterprises is pleased to announce a new research initiative with Rochester Institute of Technology, a renowned world leader in imaging science. RIT_1675

The program will assess the usefulness of various Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and a variety of sensors for up close property inspection.

>>Read More Here<<