Archive for February 2017

Optimax Leaders Will Share Entrepreneurial Insights At Event

February 24, 2017

RocGrowth Candids—a bimonthly gathering of local entrepreneurs to share their lessons learned—will hold an event March 1 featuring Optimax Systems Inc.’s CEO Rick Plympton and President Mike Mandina.

The optics manufacturing firm employs 280 people.

The event, which takes place on Wednesday, March 1st, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Downstairs Cabaret Theatre at 20 Windsor St., is to feature an open interview with Plympton and Mandina, and a question-and-answer session with the duo.

The event is free and open to the public, however, it is limited to the first 100 people to RSVP.

Those interested can register here.

RocGrowth Candids requests a $5 donation to the Downstairs Cabaret Theatre.

OSA Rochester Section / Entrepreneurship in Optics and Photonics: A Panel Discussion

February 24, 2017

OSA Rochester Section

Tuesday, March 7 at 7 PM

Laboratory for Laser Energetics – East Lobby
240 East River Road, Rochester, NY 14623

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The focus is on questions from the audience, which will start after each speaker gives a short introduction on their experience with entrepreneurship.

 

AIM Photonics Manufacturing IPSR Spring 2017 Meeting

February 24, 2017

AIM Photonics IPSR Spring Meeting>>AGENDA HERE<<

Private Equity Investments in Photonics – 2016 Highlights

February 24, 2017

logo_ceresPhotonics has been at the core of many modern day inventions and economic growth for decades now. However, the environment for photonics technology and component providers remains highly fragmented and fiercely competitive with their OEM customers and end-users further up the value chain realizing more of the value. Is that changing? It appears the public market leading photonics companies are catching up with their customers and capturing more value in 2016.

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Light travels at around 300,000 km per second. Why not faster? Why not slower? A new theory inches us closer to an answer.

February 24, 2017

Why this particular speed and not something else? Or, to put it another way, where does the speed of light come from?

Electromagnetic theory gave a first crucial insight 150 years ago. The Scottish physicist James Clerk Maxwell showed that when electric and magnetic fields change in time, they interact to produce a travelling electromagnetic wave. Maxwell calculated the speed of the wave from his equations and found it to be exactly the known speed of light. This strongly suggested that light was an electromagnetic wave – as was soon definitively confirmed.aeon

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We Are Living In The Century of the Photon! Photonics!

February 23, 2017

Sydor Optics Announces Mike Ognenovski As New President

February 16, 2017

Mike Ognenovski has been named President of Sydor Optics, an OEM manufacturer of high precision, custom plano optics. As President, Ognenovski will have responsibility for overseeing operations, sales and marketing and will report directly to Jim Sydor who is now Chairman.

mike_oMike was former Vice President of Operations for Harris Corporation’s Space and Intelligence Systems segment and joined Harris Corporation as part of the acquisition of Exelis where he was Vice President of Operations at Geospacial Systems. Mike’s previous experiences also include Director of Operations for the ITT Space Systems Division and Director of Worldwide Operations, for Optical Products at Eastman Kodak Company. Ognenovski holds a bachelor of science degree in finance and management from RIT and has completed the Executive Leadership Development Program at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business.

“The senior leadership team and I spent much of 2016 evaluating potential candidates knowing that the individual we selected would help lead Sydor Optics into the future,” said Jim Sydor, Chairman. “I could not be happier about the decision to hire Mike as he brings a great deal of experience to our company that aligns itself perfectly with our company’s core values: Optimism, Dedication, Happiness, Fairness, Respect and Teamwork.”

Ognenovski joined the Sydor team on the exhibition floor at SPIE Photonics West earlier this month.