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October 31, 2016


New York Photonics Awards Presented at 2016 Annual Meeting

October 31, 2016

ROCHESTER, NY, October 27, 2016 – New York Photonics honored three leaders in business and education – and a United States Senator – for their contributions to New York’s Optics and Photonics Industry.

New York Photonics Executive Director Tom Battley presented the awards in front of more than 180 stakeholders from industry, government and education from across the region at the RRPC’s 2016 Annual Meeting at the Rochester Museum and Science Center Strasenburgh Planetarium.

The RRPC Entrepreneur Award recipient for 2016 is Julian Goldstein, President of julianNavitar, Inc. For demonstrating creativity, innovative spirit and drive in pursuit of the dream of creating an industry-leading company in the Optics, Photonics and Imaging Industry.  For over 35 years, Goldstein has uncovered industry trends and opportunities, spearheaded mergers and acquisitions, and invested in new product development to ensure Navitar’s success in meeting customer’s future needs. Now with over 1200 products, four manufacturing facilities, and 100+ employees, Navitar sells to organizations within the Life Sciences, Industrial Imaging, Metrology, Planetarium, Amusement, and Simulation markets and exports to over 45 countries.

rickThe RRPC Leadership Award recipient for 2016 is Rick Plympton, CEO of Optimax Systems, for working with fellow members and the community to promote the Rochester Region’s Optics, Photonics and Imaging Industry. Plympton is recognized for his career work with the regional and national optics, photonics and imaging industries. In his position as a board member with the New York Photonics cluster Plympton has initiated strategies, helped fund initiatives and promoted New York’s OPI industry for nearly two decades.

donna-smith The RRPC Education Award recipient for 2016 is Donna Smith, Science Teacher at Gates Chili High School for inspiring students to embrace Optics, Photonics, and Imaging sciences and guiding them in career development. Smith’s Gates Chili / MCC dual-credit optics classes have inspired students to pursue careers in optics, photonics and imaging. She has raised money for her laboratory, created curricula and taught students the relevance of science of physics is in their everyday lives – and in their and futures.

img_5061A special presentation of the RRPC Optics & Photonics Award was made to Senator Charles E. Schumer for his long-standing support of NewYork’s Optics, Photonics and Imaging industry.




Paul Conrow, Science Teacher at the East High Optics Fabrication Program, last year’s awardee; Donna Phillips, Physics & Optics Teacher, Gates Chili High School, this year’s Educator awardee; Tom Battley, New York Photonics Executive Director.


Rick Plympton, CEO, Optimax Systems, the 2016 Leadership awardee, with Tom Battley, Executive Director, New York Photonics.


Bob Bicksler, CEO JML Optical, recipient of last year’s award, was the presenter; Julian Goldstein, President, Navitar, this year’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award; Tom Battley, Executive Director, New York Photonics.

Do Not Doubt That Louise Slaughter Was Laser Focused On A Photonics IMI for Rochester

October 26, 2016

In an article in a local newspaper yesterday, flames from this week’s debate between Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (25th, NY) and her challenger, Gates Town Superintendent Mark Assini were fanned.

It is important to note, and easy to verify in these very Blog pages that Louise Slaughter, Congresswoman from the 25th District of New York was pressing for a Photonics IMI since the Obama Administration first announced the program.  We can also verify from personal experience – we were actually there numerous times, both in New York and in Washington DC– that Slaughter not only advocated persistently for the Photonics IMI and the National Photonics Initiative, but was well-aware of Congressmen Joe Kennedy’s and Tom Reed’s bi-partisan Revitalize American Manufacturing Industries (RAMI) bill.  New York Photonics member EMF Corporation hosted a press conference for Reed in Ithaca with both New York Photonics and OSA that year.


Slaughter is correct in stating that RAMI dollars were being directed to NIST, the managing entity for all IMI’s within the Department of Commerce, and that pursuing that funding rather than DoD funding was a long shot for the Photonics IMI.  She remained focused upon the DoD funding for a photonics institute.  The RAMI dollars have still not been allocated nor has a request for additional IMI proposals been issued from NIST.  New York Photonics and National Photonics Initiative partners OSA and SPIE were all pressing for the RAMI act and Slaughter was well-aware.  She remained focused upon the most important priority: a Photonics IMI for New York.

Slaughter’s opponent has been using the photonics industry as his whipping post since Congresswoman Slaughter has advocated for it for so long.  It isn’t appreciated.  The industry supports one in 14 families in the region and employs 16,000 people.  Slaughter deserves credit for her tireless advocacy on behalf of our industry.

“Politicians are a territorial lot. That is to say, they like to take credit for things — or deny credit to others — particularly if it is an election year, and those things involve money and jobs.

For Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-Fairport, credit for landing the AIM Photonics initiative — a federally backed, $600 million public-private partnership promising to create an innovation and manufacturing hub in Rochester — is at the center of her answer to the question: What have you done for me lately?

Then along came Gates town Supervisor Mark Assini, saying he wanted to clarify the record during their 25th Congressional District debate last week, and tossing the credit to Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning.”

Plain and simple: Slaughter deserves the credit.  The RAMI / Reed distraction is smoke and mirrors.

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New York Photonics 2016 Annual Meeting Press Release

October 17, 2016

September 17, 2016

Contact: New York Photonics Executive Director Tom Battley
Telephone:(585) 329-4029


New York Photonics Annual Meeting Announcement

Progress and potential of the optics and photonics industry in the Rochester region will be discussed Oct. 27 during the annual meeting of New York Photonics, a leading local organizational and advocacy group.

The meeting, 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Strasenburgh Planetarium at the Rochester Museum & Science Center, will feature U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer and leading specialists in both the emerging sciences and economics of optics and photonics.

New York Photonics, the trade group, is marking a number of accomplishments, including helping to coordinate funding for local O&P programs and playing host again to major professional conferences in Rochester. NYP helped coordinate the Finger Lakes region’s presence—the largest of any area—at the 2016 Photonics West conference in San Francisco, the top international gathering for photonics technologies. Rochester has been designated as the headquarters for AIM Photonics, a federal effort to boost development of integrated photonics technology, a development effort where the U.S. is competing globally. The Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council has identified O&P as one of three critical industries for the future.

Schumer, key in the AIM designation, will kick off the meeting with remarks at 3 p.m. A series of updates and presentations will feature Paul Ballentine, executive director of the Center for Emerging and Innovative Sciences at the University of Rochester; Tom Battley, executive director of New York Photonics; Alexis Vogt, chairwoman and associate professor of optics at MCC; and Ed White, outreach executive for AIM Photonics.

“We’d really like to hear from professionals in the industry as well as others who can have a role supporting it—investment professionals, CPAs, lawyers, economic development specialists, you name it,” Battley said. “We’ve got work to do. Our region has an unparalleled opportunity to grow an industry that could multiply high-paying jobs and enhance quality of life for decades.”

A demonstration to highlight state-of-the-art full-dome planetarium projection technology will be shown after the discussion, followed by a reception and refreshments.

Cost is $50. To register,

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


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JML Optical Debuts New Optical Machining Center By OptiPro

October 7, 2016


JML Optical recently invested in new equipment from OptiPro (Ontario, Wayne County, NY) an eSX 300 for grinding, a UFF 300 for polishing, an OptiTrace 5000 surface profilometer for metrology, and PROSurf freeform CAM software for making deterministic corrections. By utilizing OptiPro’s leading edge technology, JML will be able to produce cylinder optics with optimal efficiency.

“This operational expansion is a result of our recognition of an underserved customer base within the engineered optical cylinder marketplace,” noted JML CEO Bob Bicksler.  “We believe this is a game changer for our customers and for JML.  We are excited to have the opportunity to continue to grow our business and add more local jobs in the process.”


“OptiPro is proud to be the technology provider for JML Optical’s new rapid cylinder manufacturing cell.” Said Mike Bechtold, CEO Optimax.


Congratulations, Mike Pavia, CEO Sydor Technologies, SBC Businessperson of the Year!

October 5, 2016

Pavia, president and CEO of Sydor Technologies, won in the category of leaders with fewer than 50 employees.IMG_7940
“Rochester is recognized globally for optics, photonics and imaging, world-class scientists, engineers and technicians along with the precision fab shops we have in town here (which) are really unparalleled,” Pavia said. “We’ve been very successful with technology transfer, commercialization and innovation—all more things that will help lead our community into the future. What we really are proud of is to take these locally developed products and sell them to 33 countries around the world and bring money into Rochester to help further our growth.”
“All the ingredients are really here for Rochester for the future and in the optics and the photonics industry the future really looks bright as our economy continues to grow,” he added.

Those honored have demonstrated significant contributions to their companies in the areas of growth, leadership, achievement and community service, the Small Business Council said.

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