Archive for September 2016

Global Women of Light Symposium at the 2016 Frontiers in Optics Conference, OSA’s 100th Annual Meeting

September 29, 2016

To celebrate the OSA’s 100th anniversary, WiSTEE Connect (Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Entrepreneurship) is collaborating with the OSA Foundation to organize an international symposium “Global Women of Light” at the 2016 Frontiers in Optics on 17 October, 2016 in Rochester, NY, US. The program will be hosted at the Hyatt Regency Rochester from 11:00-17:00.

The overall goal of the “Global Women of Light” symposium is to shine light upon women’s careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and entrepreneurship, recruit women across career ranks and disciplines, and build a sustainable community of women in both academia and industry from which career growth, mobility, and leadership opportunities.

Speakers at this extraordinary event:

  • Christine Whitman, Chairwoman of the Board of Trustees of Rochester Institute of Technology.
  • Carmiña Londoño: Program Director for the NSF Engineering Research Centers Program.
  • Elizabeth Rogan: Chief Executive Officer of OSA, The Optical Society.
  • Gisele Benett: Associate Vice President for Research, Faculty Interaction and a Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech.
  • Janet S. Fender: Chief Scientist and Scientific Advisor to the Commander, Air Combat Command USAF.  Past President of OSA, The Optical Society.

WiSTEE Connect ( is an organization which serves to connect female students, faculty members, scientists, and engineers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Entrepreneurship (STEE) from universities, government labs, and private companies. The vision of WiSTEE Connect is to promote women leadership in STEE and assist women involved in these areas to gain regional and/or global connections and recognition. This organization, started in upstate New York, helps to bridge the gap between science and entrepreneurship while providing a forum though which women in these fields may learn, connect, and lead.

>>Registration is Here<<

2016 Annual Golf Outing

September 28, 2016

A good time was had by all!  First real day of fall didn’t dampen spirits at Ravenwood!

Thank you to our sponsors, Bergmann, Harris Beach, Visit Rochester, Optimax, Optipro, John W. Danforth, SPIE!

Thanks to Brian Carroll, Superior Group, for the Orangemen Basketball tickets!

Thanks, Rick Plympton, Optimax, for the Coco Beach condo raffle!

Thanks everyone at VisitRochester for your tremendous support and raffle donations!


Team Optipro


Team UR


Team Optimax


Team Davie Kaplan with celebrity guest, Tom Kelly


Lowest score? Team Ingersoll Rand


The John W. Danforth Sticks


Team Harris Beach


Team Bergmann


“Even a Blind Squirrel” … the saying goes


New York Photonics Talks Photons with Rochester Visitor Industry Council Leaders

September 21, 2016

… and quite the crowd they are!

This is the presentation that would not run on the AV system.
For those of you that attended, let me know how I did without the digital crutch!

Thank you, Visit Rochester: Don Jeffries, Denise DeSantis-Penwright, Greg LaDuca and our Photonics Liaison, Wendy Ford.vic
And thank you to all of the other industry professionals for the warm welcome and keen interest in photonics technology!


>>The PDF<<

1916 – 2016: Germanow-Simon Companies Celebrating 100 Years

September 21, 2016

Local Company Innovates To Compete and Thrive

The Germanow-Simon Companies, one of the Finger Lakes Area’s oldest continually operating manufacturing businesses, is celebrating its 100th anniversary next month.

In 1905, Harry Germanow arrived at Ellis Island as a teenager, having left his small hometown near Pinsk in what is now Belarus.  By October 1916, when the United States was in the middle of World War I, he and his friend Julius Simon had managed to scrape together $1000 to purchase two very used machine tools to open G-S Machine Works, their own shop on Mills Street.100yearsgstt

Since 1928 the company’s factory has been located in 1890’s vintage multi-story brick industrial buildings on St. Paul Street across from the Genesee Brewing Company.  Precision machining and tooling—today known as advanced manufacturing skills—were at the core of the quality work produced there.

Still today, specialized machinery and customized tooling are key elements in the manufacturing operations of GS Plastic Optics and Tel-Tru Manufacturing Company, the Germanow-Simon Companies.  Those buildings on St. Paul Street have been renovated significantly, and within those old brick walls there are now approximately 100 employees doing High Tech manufacturing!

GS Plastic Optics employs single point diamond turning, injection molding, thin film deposition coating and advanced metrology instruments to manufacture plastic optical components.  The company has grown to be a world-class manufacturer of polymer optical elements, and provides integrated optical solutions for a wide range of military, medical, commercial and consumer markets.

Tel-Tru Manufacturing Company using metal stamping, CNC turning equipment, and CNC vision systems, has grown to be a widely respected manufacturer of bimetal and digital thermometers as well as other temperature and pressure instruments and related accessories, for sanitary, industrial, OEM, HVAC, and food service applications and equipment worldwide.

To celebrate the dedication of generations of GS Plastic Optics and Tel-Tru staff, G-S is opening its doors to friends and families on Friday afternoon to celebrate this major milestone.  “We are pleased, honored and humbled when we reflect on the one hundred years of evolving markets, products offered, manufacturing methods, and channels of distribution our business has encountered.  We strive every day to produce the best product performance and quality possible for our valued customers.  We love the ‘magic of manufacturing’ and look forward to the next one hundred years of serving customers”, stated Andy Germanow, CEO of the Germanow-Simon Companies, and grandson of Harry.

The company and its CEO were cited late last year as an “Urban Innovator.”


The Germanow Simon Team in Earlier Days — The Company Continues its History of Innovation.

 About the Germanow-Simon Companies

Every day GS Plastic Optics works with program leaders on complex optical challenges by providing polymer optics designed specifically for improving our customers’ market share and competitiveness.

Tel-Tru Manufacturing Company engineers industrial quality temperature instruments that improve our customers’ product quality and operational performance.

Contact:Kati Chenot, Marketing Communications Manager | Phone: 585.232.1440

18th Annual Photonics Clambake During Frontiers in Optics 2016

September 13, 2016

Frontiers in Optics 2016 is quickly approaching and so is the annual PHOTONICS CLAMBAKE!

The Photonics Clambake is a melting pot of optics & photonics professionals who gather to enjoy one of the industry’s premier networking events while relaxing with refreshing beverages, great food and lots of clams. The turnout for the last clambake was a record 540 people.

Event Details:

Date: Tuesday, October 18
Time: 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Location: Hyatt Regency Rochester
Cost: $80 per person

What Your Ticket Includes:
Four dozen steamed clams plus dinner buffet including: BBQ chicken, pasta, salt potatoes, corn on the cob and salad.
Three hours of open bar to include wine beer and liquor.

 Reservations & Payment:
All payments are to be made in advance no later than WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12

No payments will be accepted at the door

>>Registration Form Here<<

Fraunhofer and Schiller University Guests: Tomorrow at New York Photonics Networking

September 12, 2016

Join us in RMSC’s Patricia Hale Gallery this Tuesday, September 13th!

What do you know about photonics?  We’ll be handing out the SPIE Photonics Infographics books to attendees.
 As usual, we’ll have a bar and hors d’oeuvres to satisfy your hunger and your thirst!

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Rochester’s Alexis Vogt, Honored Among 2016 “40 under 40”

September 9, 2016

On the heels of 2015’s International Year of Light, Rochester, New York is achieving greater recognition for its preeminence in optics, photonics and imaging. Rochester’s 2015 designation as headquarters for AIM Photonics will bring with it a new Test, Assembly & Packaging plant to begin construction in 2017, with new jobs, new technologies and new skill set demands.

It seems fitting that 2016 is the year that the community has chosen to recognize one of Rochester’s “optics shining stars,” Alexis Vogt as one of our “40 under 40.”vogt-pic

Vogt, currently Endowed Chair & Associate Professor of Optics at Monroe Community College in Rochester, NY, teaches in the only Optical Systems Technology program in the nation.  The program is at maximum enrollment for Fall, 2016.

A PhD from the University of Rochester Institute of Optics with a specialized emphasis on polarization engineering, coherence theory and microscopy, Vogt has already achieved career objectives that many people only dream about.

While engaged in her UR studies Vogt had already achieved distinction:

  • Dean’s List 10 of 10 semesters and Tau Beta Pi National Honorary Engineering Society
  • Recipient of 2000 Institute of Optics Faculty Award
  • Recipient of 2001 Undergraduate Teaching Award
  • University of Rochester Trustees’ Alumni Council of the College member 2001 – 2004

She interned at Corning, Inc. in metrology for optical fiber, where she designed and developed certification devices to increase accuracy and reliability of fiber draws.

In her spare time, she defined “light” and “polarization” for the World Book Encyclopedia, got married and had two children.

At Bausch & Lomb she was manager of medical affairs in the advanced optical design and metrology department where she was awarded the 2012 CEO Award Recipient for “directly showcasing Bausch + Lomb optical designs to eye care professionals in a compelling and engaging way…” and the 2011 Focus on Excellence award.

As an optical physicist, Vogt was applications engineer, business development manager and senior product manager at Melles Griot in Rochester, where she was awarded the 2015 IDEX KEEP Award for high performance and was offered financial incentives to remain at IDEX.

She instead chose an endowed professorship at MCC in optical systems technology.

“Each day I reflect on how fortunate and blessed I am to have such a wonderful family, and a job that I love in a community I love.” Says Vogt. ” The birthplace of optics in America is Rochester, NY, and to be educating students at Monroe Community College and helping them prepare for a career in optics, photonics and imaging is incredibly rewarding.  The only limit to what they can do is their own ambition.  We have CEOs in Rochester with a 2-year degree from our program.”

“As we move forward and grow our optics program to meet the increasing regional and national optics workforce demands, I want more families to encourage their children to pursue interests in science and physics, especially their daughters.” 

Alexis’ last name, Vogt, has her at the bottom of the list alphabetically, but we think that she belongs at the top!  

We are delighted that she will be a speaker at the New York Photonics Annual meeting in Rochester on October 27th.

>>Awardees Here<<