Archive for May 2017

JML Optical celebrates the remarkable life of Gerry Lynch

May 24, 2017

ROCHESTER, NY – The JML Optical family said goodbye to one of its most accomplished members this year. Gerry Lynch was one of the first employees shortly after JML was founded in 1972. She spent the next 45 years working with the company. Gerry was one of the very first female students to attend classes at the University of Rochester’s Institute of Optics – before women were allowed to receive degrees in the program.

Gerry was an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Optical Society of America’s Rochester Chapter, of which she served as Treasurer. During her career she utilized over 14 difference lens design programs, including CodeV which she taught herself while in her 80’s. She designed zoom lenses used in most home movie cameras in the 1950s – 1960’s and one that was launched into space in an RCA satellite. She was a contributing designer of the original Xerox 914 copier lens that helped launch the successful Rochester company. Designing lenses from the near UV through the visible and into the near infrared, she designed thousands of lenses for zoom and non-zoom imaging applications including telescopes, scan lenses, projectors, and microscopes.

At today’s event, JML Optical’s President & CEO Bob Bicksler said “Gerry was a prolific designer whose work will continue to shape the photonics industry for generations. Her wisdom, grace and wit was evident in all facets of her life and I personally feel blessed to have known her.”

JML thanked Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo for acknowledging Gerry’s accomplishments today with an official Monroe County proclamation.

Rochester – Jena Relationship Strengthens with Visit by Thüringen Prime Minister and Delegation

May 16, 2017

Bodo Ramelow, Prime Minister of Thuringia, Germany, and a delegation of scientists and dignitaries visited Rochester on May 14 and 15. The purpose of the visit was to advance the scientific, academic research and business relationship between Rochester and Jena, two “sister cities of light.”

The ‘sister cities’ of Jena and Rochester (USA) have a lot in common: in Jena, as in Rochester, an optics industry has developed since the 19th century together with a strong supplier network. While in Jena the collaboration between Carl Zeiss and Ernst Abbe significantly furthered optics research, soon after in Rochester, local industrialists George Eastman (Eastman Kodak) and Edward Bausch (Bausch & Lomb) founded an optics institute at the university. In fact, Eastman visited Jena at least once in 1911, and must have recognized the city as the center of Europe’s optics industry. Since then there have been many changes. Today, both regions are enormously strong locations for the optics and photonics industry and research.

For more articles about the relationship development search here.

Andreas Tünnerman, Director, Fraunhofer IOF and Bodo Ramelow, Prime Minister of Thuringia

On Monday morning, May 15th, together with the German delegation; Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) president, Kate Bennett and vice president, Dan Menelly, and RMSC board and staff, Prime Minister Ramelow and Andreas Tünnermann, Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Mechanics  donated a laser hologram to the RMSC’s permanent optics exhibit. The hologram displays the skylines of Rochester and Jena, side by side, beneath the words “We Love Photonics.”

The Fraunhofer Institute is recognized as the leading public/privately-funded organization for applied research in Europe (and the West) with an annual budget exceeding $2 billion Euro.

The color-tunable laser projected image celebrates “light-based” relationship of the two cities

The New York Photonics cluster began developing a relationship with Fraunhofer IOF in 2014, while lobbying for the National Photonics Initiative and a national institute for photonics manufacturing. The following year a team led by New York State was awarded $110 million from the Department of Defense as part of the >$620 million AIM Photonics effort for developing America’s manufacturing capacity in integrated photonics.

On Sunday night Prime Minister Ramelow hosted a dinner and reception in Rochester with faculty from University of Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology and Tom Battley, Executive Director of New York Photonics.

 

The delegation and attendees at the RMSC presentation ceremony, bathed in light.

Carl, the Zeiss Star Projector in the Strasenurgh Planetarium, Rochester Museum & Science Center

 

 

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.

Optics Community Loses A Good Friend

May 15, 2017

A lot of people in the Optics & Photonics community will be sad to learn that we lost Sasha Pearlman on March 22nd.

Sasha was born in Lvov, Ukraine in 1950. He immigrated to Israel at the age of 17 and began studying optical engineering shortly after his time in the Israeli army. He began working in optics at a small Ray Ban assembly plant in Israel and continued doing so until moving to the United States with his wife and three sons in 1986. In Rochester, New York, Sasha worked for a couple of private optical firms including Melles Griot before eventually starting his own company, Opto-Alignment Technology, in 1992.

Since then, Sasha has done what he loves most: proudly designing and building precision optical assembly equipment with a focus on laser alignment and lens handling tools, providing optical engineering solutions and consulting services to a wide array of clients, and always doing so with a sincere emphasis on genuine customer care. He continued living out his dream and building upon his success even after moving Opto-Alignment Technology to Charlotte, North Carolina in 2002 in order to be closer to his growing family.

Sadly, Sasha was diagnosed with terminal cancer in early 2016. After over a year of treatments, he passed away on March 22, 2017 in the company of his loving wife. He is survived by his wife, Timna; his three sons, Guy, Omer, and Iftach; his six beloved grandchildren, Daniel, Eden, Orly, Yoni, Naomi, and Ethan; as well as, his brother, Eli.

Sasha is, and always will be, dearly missed by all who knew him.

“When we have achievements that are based on his; We remember him. For as long as we live, he too will live, for he is now a part of us as we remember him.”
– Sylvan Kamens & Rabbi Jack Riemer

Opto Alignment’s management team, and the company as a whole, remais committed to Sasha’s primary tenet. We will continue to take pride in our products, treat our customers with respect, and provide dependable service.

A scholarship fund in Sasha’s name has been established at UNC Charlotte, HERE.

International Trade Dinner at Harris Beach – Tuesday, June 6

May 11, 2017

Join us at Harris Beach for an enlightening discussion about the current climate, rules and regulations concerning International Trade.  These events at Harris Beach are always well attended by RRPC / New York Photonics members and involve plenty of lively discussion.

  • 5:00pm Registration/Reception
  • 6:00pm Dinner / Presentation

As the global photonics marketplace expands its reach to commercial operations of all sizes, businesses need help to successfully take advantage of growing international trade opportunities and avoid potential legal and regulatory pitfalls unique to cross-border activity. Various state and federal statutes, regulations and U.S. recognized international conventions are triggered when a domestic business conducts cross-border activity, including the disclosure of export-controlled materials to foreign nationals within domestic borders.  The presentation will include a  sampling of real-world situations which businesses of all sizes have encountered from the unanticipated application of federal export control laws, economic sanctions programs and international contracting principles, and which hopefully will sensitize you to the extensive reach of international trade laws as you guide your enterprises toward success. Topics will include a review of current developments affecting:

  • Import/export licensing and controls
  • US. Economic sanctions programs
  • Government contracting
  • European Union- United States Data Transfers
  • General Business Practices

This event is $50 for non-RRPC members
RRPC Members use the discount code MEMBER to attend this event at no charge.

Not sure if your company is a New York Photonics Member?  Contact Marilyn Giannoccaro to find out.

Click here for more information and registration

Please register by Friday, June 2, 2017

Your Presenter

Allen E. Molnar is a partner at Harris Beach PLLC. He represents commercial clients on regulatory and international trade compliance matters and in ancillary proceedings related to ongoing civil litigation, such as state and federal regulatory enforcement investigations and international corporate investigations.

Allen handles issues with multijurisdictional or international implications, such as compliance with requirements of anti-moneylaundering laws, the Bank Secrecy and PATRIOT Acts, data privacy requirements, import-export issues, and matters involving the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security, and the U.S. State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls.  He has interacted with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Secret Service, state police, the federal Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, INTERPOL, and overseas law enforcement officials in the resolution of several matters.  Allen also counsels institutional clients on matters involving government procurement contracts, including application of Federal Acquisition Regulations and Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations, complying with their requirements/investigating suspected compliance lapses, and responding to agency enforcement actions.

New York Photonics Networking Last Night

May 10, 2017

Over 80 people were in attendance at the New York Photonics networking session last night at Bergmann Associates‘ beautiful new office space in downtown Rochester.

Theme of the evening: The Vision Thing

We enjoyed a great evening in Tower280, a visionary space in a transformed Midtown Tower (Kudos to Morgan Properties, Buckingham Properties and Bergmann designers).

We heard about Light & Sound Interactive, the visionary conference coming to Rochester in September 2017; a conference designed to transform the Rochester economy into a hub for VR / AR Multimedia technology development and manufacturing. And it will coincide with New York Photonics annual meeting and golf tournament!

We saw, and heard about Bergmann Associates / Eastman Business Park’s vision of the Lake Avenue / Ridge Road / Maplewood Drive Corridor, anchored by the ON Semiconductor and AIM Photonics presence, as a flexible Work / Play / Live sector in City North.

We really enjoy spending time with our friends and colleagues, Innovators all, who embrace the future, and are passionate about our city, our region, and our industry.

Thank you, Bergmann Associates for the tours, for the VR demonstrations, for the wine and food, and for your commitment to Rochester and our center city!

See you next time!

NPI volunteers meet with congressional offices to support investment in optics and photonics

May 5, 2017

L to R: Bryan DeBono, Synopsis; Ryan Ford, RIT; Ed White, AIM Photonics; Rick Plympton, Optimax; Tim Gibbs, RIT; Di Xu, UR; Liam Fitzsimmons, Louise Slaughter; Kenneth Kort, OSA Fellow, Louise Slaughter’s office

Nearly 50 volunteers participated in the NPI Congressional Visits Day by visiting about 80 offices of representatives and senators from nearly two dozen states.

Your New York team were among them!

L to R: Drew Wayne, Tom Reed; Tom Battley, New York Photonics; Congressman Tom Reed (NY23); Ryan Ford, RIT; Tim Gibbs, RIT

Source: NPI volunteers meet with congressional offices to support investment in photonics – Laser Focus World