Archive for June 2017

Scott Carney ‘Absolutely Honored’ To Be Named Director, University of Rochester Institute of Optics

June 30, 2017

The Rochester alumnus will build on the institute’s outstanding reputation as nation’s oldest school of optics, as he takes up his new position on July 1st, 2017.

Carney earned his PhD in physics at Rochester studying with Emil Wolf, the Wilson Professor of Optical Physics and Professor of Optics. His early career included an internship at the Rome Air Development Center Photonics Lab at the now-closed Griffiss Air Force Base, classes taken at Hamilton College, and a bachelors degree in Engineering Physics (1994) from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. After a post-doc at Washington University in St Louis, he returned to his undergrad alma mater as faculty in ECE Illinois, where he taught for 16 years.

Scott has an established record of commitment to creating opportunities for students at all levels and from all backgrounds.  At Illinois, he oversaw the expansion of their senior capstone course to more than 400 students per year, while maintaining individual excellence and a high level of personal attention to each student.  He was the Rose Education Innovation Fellow, in which capacity he led and participated in multiple teaching initiatives to improve writing and presentation skills, develop communities of practice and mentor new faculty. He served as Interim Director of the new degree program, Innovation, Leadership, and Engineering Entrepreneurship (ILEE) at Illinois, creating a new paradigm for engineering education and the way we frame what an engineering career looks like. 

Source: Scott Carney ‘absolutely honored’ to direct Institute of Optics – NewsCenter : NewsCenter

RIT and ASM Unveil New Manufacturing Line in Rochester

June 29, 2017

Event showcasing the new ASM state-of-the-art manufacturing line at RIT.  Pursuing miniaturization and the convergence of lasers, silicon, optics, sensors and data.

Concise remarks by several on the panel, including these by Irene Sterian, the Executive Director and architect of a $19M Business-led Network of Centers of Excellence (BL-NCE) for renewable energy, new materials and optics & photonics.

Over her 30-year career with IBM and Celestica, Irene has proven her technology leadership in innovation management, product enablement, and global technology transfer, transforming industry standards to solve today’s business challenges. She is also a recipient of the IBM Technology Award and the Celestica Leadership Award. 

In today’s digital world, companies like ASM are enabling their customers to create the next generation of electronics devices and packages, that can enhance the way we live, work and interact with each other. This technology will require smart factories, and a well trained workforce. Rochester Institute of Technology is leading the way by educating the next generation of designers, manufacturing engineers and researchers needed to continue the fast pace of product development and realization. RIT’s CEMA lab is leveraging ASM’s technological advances to provide the industry with research resources and education opportunities. Through this partnership CEMA is uniquely positioned to prepare future manufacturing engineers for successful careers in Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) as well as provide current engineers in the EMS industry with a state of the art Surface Mount Technology assembly line for research. 

International Internet Company NAVER to Acquire Xerox Research Centre Europe | Xerox Newsroom

June 27, 2017

NAVER Corporation (035420: Korea SE) and Xerox Corporation (NYSE: XRX) today announced an agreement for NAVER to acquire the Xerox Research Centre Europe in Grenoble, France.

The two companies announced an agreement for NAVER to acquire the Xerox Research Centre Europe in Grenoble, France. The French Works Council’s consultation on this project has now been completed and the agreement is expected to close in the third quarter, subject to fulfillment of certain customary conditions.

Based in Seongnam, South Korea, NAVER is Korea’s leading Internet company, operating the nation’s top search portal “NAVER,” and other innovative services in the global market such as the mobile messenger LINE, video messenger SNOW and community app BAND.

Founded in 1993, the Xerox Research Centre Europe is located just outside Grenoble, often dubbed the Silicon Valley of Europe. The centre has focused its research in artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, computer vision, natural language processing and ethnography.

Source: International Internet Company NAVER to Acquire Xerox Research Centre Europe | Xerox Newsroom

Has The Stealth Company Varjo Solved Vision-Quality VR? | WIRED

June 21, 2017

A new technology for VR headsets puts the so-called screen-door effect in the past.

Source: Has The Stealth Company Varjo Solved Vision-Quality VR? | WIRED

Microsoft Hololens Hologram AR Projection Technology

June 19, 2017

Blending real-world and virtual content to create compelling interactive experiences.
Hardware and software platforms to get there.


East High Precision Optics Teacher Paul Conrow in China

June 10, 2017

The 14th International Conference on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics (ETOP-2017) took place May 29-31, 2017. The biannual conference gathered 286 educators in optics and photonics from 28 countries/regions. This was the first ETOP conference held in China.

At ETOP 2017, I presented East High’s Precision Optics Manufacturing program. The invitation was extended by Xi-Cheng Zhang, the conference co-chair/University of Rochester Professor and Institute of Optics Director. Along with my colleague, Paul Eckert, I arrived in China via a surprisingly manageable 15 hour flight from Toronto to Shanghai. A one hour train ride brought us from Shanghai to the conference city of Hangzhou (pronounced Hahn-Joe). Paul Eckert was able to attend the welcome dinner Sunday night but had to return home early to celebrate the birth of his daughter, Allie Amanda. Allie was born 7 weeks prematurely, while he was in flight somewhere over Canada! With the great care of the medical team at Strong’s PICU, Allie and mom, Michelle, have been doing well from day one.


My presentation at the conference was well-received. In a dozen PowerPoint slides, I walked the audience through the program’s origin, current status of the school’s Manufacturing lab (East High Precision Optics…now with coating!), and plans to add more optical design and alignment experiences in the near future. One of the University of Rochester Optics Professors at the conference quipped, “I had to travel 7,000 miles to get a firsthand account of what has happening a few miles from my office.” The audience appreciated hearing about a high school program that gives teenagers hands-on experience that directly connects to workforce and college preparation.

Most of the presentations focused on innovative and effective ways to deliver optics content at the college level. It was helpful to learn about the skills and concepts that are covered at the college level because I can tailor things at East’s program to better prepare my students for the next level of education. During the block of high school focused presentations, the talk by Dr. Imrana Ashraf was a particular highlight. She routinely takes optics kits to all-girls high schools in her native Pakistan for day long workshops. At these workshops, sometimes in >100 °F classrooms, young women are given their first exposure to concepts and experiments in optics. The photos from her presentation showed students with authentic wonder, delight, and determination to learn.

From the point of view of culture, this trip impressed me at every turn. For better and worse, the cities and peoples of Shanghai and Hangzhou are surprisingly Westernized.   The clothing, the architecture, the pace of life, the modes of transportation, and the shops were all reminiscent of home. In my hotel room, I caught a few national news episodes, with English subtitles; I found the domestic and international reporting refreshingly clear and unbiased. On the environmental side, the air quality was decent. I walked through Shanghai’s aquarium and was pleased to see signs throughout calling for conservation and protecting/restoring nature. Language was a significant barrier, except for the hotel concierges and college students who worked at the conference, but I was able to navigate the streets subways, malls, and taxis with relative ease.

Next generation Rochester lighting company gets $1m federal award

June 7, 2017

It’s photonics, get it?

A Rochester company that develops next-generation lighting materials using clean energy earned a $1 million federal award.
Lumisyn, which is headquartered on Ridgeway Avenue, focuses on high-performance materials used in LED products.

Source: Next generation Rochester lighting company gets $1m federal award | WHAM