Archive for September 2017

Robert McCrory Stepping Down at LLE

September 29, 2017

Professor Robert L. McCrory, a physicist and scientific leader who has shepherded the University of Rochester’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics to international prominence during the past 35 years, will retire from the directorship on October 1, the beginning of the federal government’s fiscal year.

McCrory, who holds the title of University Professor—one of just eight current or former members of the faculty to receive that distinction—and vice president and vice provost, will step down from the University as of December 31. Michael Campbell, deputy director of LLE, will become director of the lab, pending approval of the University’s Board of Trustees.

President and CEO Joel Seligman said McCrory’s record of scientific achievement represents an entrepreneurial and interdisciplinary approach that are the hallmarks of Rochester’s approach to research and scholarship.

“Bob had a vision for LLE and he worked tirelessly to engage faculty and students in optics, physics, engineering, and other departments to explore some of the most important scientific issues of the 20th and 21st centuries,” Seligman says. “He’s been a leader in working with our congressional leaders and colleagues at other institutions to advocate for the unique strengths of LLE. He deserves our thanks and appreciation for his efforts to make LLE an internationally recognized research facility.”

University Provost and Senior Vice President for Research Rob Clark says McCrory’s leadership is synonymous with establishing Rochester as one of the preeminent sites for high-energy laser science.

“This is truly the end of an era,” Clark says. “Bob has been instrumental in the success of LLE from nearly the beginning of the facility. He set a standard for research excellence, fiscal management, and academic achievement that will be hard to replace.”

McCrory began his career at Rochester in 1976, arriving as a research scientist from the Los Alamos National Laboratory. He became director and CEO of LLE in 1983.

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Integrated Photonics: Challenges and Opportunities

September 29, 2017

Jaime Cardenas, University of Rochester
Tuesday, Oct 3 at 7:00 PM
Laboratory for Laser Energetics – East Lobby
240 East River Road, Rochester, NY 14623

Abstract:
Integrated photonics, or optics on a chip, offers solutions to many of the challenges common to traditional optics such as element alignment, stability, and size. On-chip photonic devices are aligned during fabrication and thus can’t move during operation. Since the device is so small and the components are microns away from each other, the different components tend to “see” the same environment making the devices very stable. Leveraging the microelectronics industry and its fabrication techniques, integrated photonic structures can be sub-micron in size and can be densely packed in areas of only a few mm2. In this talk, we will discuss what is integrated photonics and how do you do optics on a chip. We will look at the current challenges and answer “how come I can’t buy some integrated photonics at the store?” Finally, I will give an overview of the newly established institute for photonics and how the Rochester community fits in it.

Professor Jaime Cardenas, University of Rochester

 

Prof. Jaime Cardenas is an Assistant Professor in The Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Alabama in Huntsville in Optical Science and Engineering. His research was in single air interface bends and waveguide microcantilevers. After two years as a process engineer, Jaime joined the Cornell Nanophotonics Group as a postdoc and continued there as a research scientist. Prof. Cardenas recent work is focused on high efficiency optical coupling of an optical fiber to a photonic chip that is low cost and suitable for high volume manufacturing.

Kevin Thompson Optical Design Innovator Award: Nominations Open Until October 11th

September 28, 2017

OSA is seeking nominations for a NEW award, named after Rochester’s Kevin Thompson, for early-career professionals in optical engineering, metrology or lens design. 

Who can you nominate??? 

Spread the word and help recognize innovators in optics!

Anyone who knew him just has to LOVE this logo of Kevin Thompson, right?

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The Optical Society Elects Stephen D. Fantone as 2018 Vice President

September 21, 2017

Tuesday night, during The Optical Society’s Annual Business Meeting at the 2017 Frontiers in Optics + Laser Science (FIO + LS) conference in Washington, DC, the Optical Society (OSA) announced that its members have elected Stephen D. Fantone, president and founder of Optikos Corporation, as its 2018 vice president.

Three directors-at-large were also chosen during this year’s election: Roel Baets, Ghent University, Belgium; Giselle Bennett, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA; and Ekaterina Golovchenko, IPG Photonics, USA.

By accepting the vice presidency, Fantone makes a four-year commitment to OSA’s Board of Directors. He will serve one year as vice president in 2018, followed by one year as president-elect in 2019, president in 2020 and past-president in 2021.

Along with Fantone, the new directors at large, Baets, Bennett, and Golovchenko, will begin their terms on 1 January 2018. They will hold their positions for three years.

“Steve has served on the OSA Board for over twenty years. This longevity of leadership and dedication to our members will only enhance what Steve brings to his position as president,” said Elizabeth Rogan, CEO of The Optical Society. “Combined with his leadership in the optics industry and research, Steve’s years-long involvement with OSA will undoubtedly provide a value to our members and an asset to the Board.”

 

Liz Rogan, Elizabeth Fantone, Stephen Fantone on Tuesday night

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Jay Eastman, Elizabeth Fantone, Stephen Fantone and Duncan Moore Tuesday night

DoD Industrial Base Analysis & Sustainment Official Visits Rochester

September 15, 2017

 On Friday, September 15th Adele Ratcliff, Director of Manufacturing Technology at the Department of Defense, along with Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) met with 14 different photonics and optics companies, trying to get a better idea of how they function as manufacturing organizations and the critical role they play in the DOD supply chain.

On Thursday, September 14th, Ratcliff toured New York Photonics companies, Optifab, Optipro and Lasermax with New York Photonics Executive Director, Tom Battley.
“I don’t think many people know, including people in this region, that this is the large, arguably the largest cluster of optic companies in the nation, in North America,” said Ratcliff. “The Department of Defense doesn’t really have a dedicated defense industrial base. We lean on companies that do both defense manufacturing and commercial manufacturing.”

Adele Ratcliff discussing precision optics manufacturing with Optipro CEO, Mike Bechtold

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NEW YORK PHOTONICS ANNOUNCES ANNUAL AWARDS

September 14, 2017

AWARDS PRESENTED AT 2017 ANNUAL MEETING, SEPTEMBER 12, 2017

ROCHESTER, NY, September 12th. 2017 – The Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster/New York Photonics today honored three leaders in education and business for their contributions to New York’s Optics and Photonics Industry.

RRPC Executive Director Tom Battley joined past years’ award winners to present the awards in front of an audience of representatives from industry, government and education from across the region at the New York Photonics 2017 Annual Meeting at the Hyatt Regency Rochester, Tuesday night.

The RRPC Entrepreneur Award is given each year to an individual 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. The Entrepreneur Award recipient for 2017 is Dr. Susan Houde-Walter, CEO of Lasermax Rochester, NY.

Dr. Houde-Walter has served as President & CEO of Lasermax since 2000. Lasermax [LaseMaxDefense) is a certified WOSB, woman-owned, small business in Rochester, NY that ruggedizes quantum cascade lasers, solid state and diode lasers and related equipment for the military, federal law enforcement agencies, presidential security forces, municipal law enforcement, in the visible and infrared spectrum (near, short-, mid- and long-wave infrared). ISO and ITAR certified, facility clearance (SECRET). Houde-Walter got her PhD from the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY.

Houde-Walter was a professor at the University of Rochester Institute of Optics, University of Rochester from 1993 – 2005. Among her numerous honors and distinctions, Houde-Walter was President of the Optical Society of America; Elected to the Presidential Chain, (4-year duty, President in 2005); OSA is an international association of ~20,000 optical physicists and engineers, with rosters including 34 Nobel Laureates, the inventors of the laser, fiber optics, holography and other advanced optical technologies. Susan’s development of international leadership, her monthly essays in the award-winning “Optics and Photonics News” membership magazine, her live interviews of the 2005 Nobel Prize winners in Physics (all OSA members), executive team development and unprecedented fundraising success characterized her year as President.

 

The RRPC Leadership Award is given each year to an individual for working with RRPC members and the community to promote the Rochester Region’s Optics, Photonics and Imaging Industry. The Leadership Award recipient for 2017 is John Bruning.

Dr. Bruning got his PhD in Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois. After a 15-year distinguished career at Bell Laboratoriesin the areas of lithography, IC device packaging, reliability physics and optical interferometry, Dr. Bruning left in May, 1984 to become VP and General Manager of Tropel, a division of GCA Corporation in Rochester, NY.

Bruning led a management buyout of the company from General Signal in April of 1994. Tropel is a world leader in the production of specialty precision optical systems for the microelectronics industry and specialized metrology instrumentation for the automotive and optics industry.

In 2001 Tropel was acquired by Corning, Inc. and became a wholly owned subsidiary of Corning, Inc. Dr. Bruning remained as President and CEO until 2007 when he took on the part-time role as Executive Scientist. He retired in March of 2009.

 

The RRPC Education Award is given each year to an individual for inspiring students to embrace Optics, Photonics, and Imaging sciences and guiding them in career development. The Education Award recipient for 2017 is Alexis Vogt, Endowed Professor of Optics at Monroe Community College.

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, 2017.

Dr. Vogt got her PhD from the University of Rochester Institute of Optics with a specialized emphasis on polarization engineering, coherence theory and microscopy. 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.

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.

 

John Herbrand, Esq. was recognized with the organization’s Distinguished Service Award. Herbrand has been the organization’s attorney and trusted advisor since it was formed in 1998.

Herbrand has more than 30 years experience as an attorney working with small, mid-size and large businesses engaged in technology development and manufacturing. For the past 20 years, in his private practice as a corporate attorney Mr. Herbrand has represented primarily high-technology start-ups.

Mr. Herbrand has a Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, from Pennsylvania State University, and received a Juris Doctor, with Honors, from George Washington University.

Sydor Instruments Receives $1 Million SBIR award from the Department of Energy, Office of Science

September 8, 2017

Grant funds the commercialization of a specialized Sydor Spectro CCD detector, designed for Soft X-ray Spectrometers.

Sydor Instruments, a Sydor Technologies Company, announced today that it has been awarded a $991,741 SBIR Phase IIA grant from the Department of Energy, Office of Science to commercialize the unique Sydor Spectro CCD. Sydor Instruments will use this grant in collaboration with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). The CCD includes specific features to improve resolution in soft X-ray spectroscopy. This improved resolution allows spectrometers to be shorter, which is critical for cost savings as well as achieving the high tolerance positioning when moving the spectrometer during experiments.

The Phase 1 award developed the concept and the Phase II award developed a prototype detector. The prototype detector was demonstrated in a test at Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source (ALS) on the RIXS beamlines 8.0.1 and 6.3.2. The Phase IIA will increase the sensor size, plus repackage the system into a commercial offering. Sydor will add this product to the suite of soft and hard X-ray detectors and beam monitors that are used globally for synchrotron and XFEL applications.

Mark Katafiaz, VP of US Operations at Sydor Technologies notes: “The SBIR support letters and strong customer demand verify that the Sydor Spectro CCD solves a significant problem. Results at ALS further confirm that our 5 micron pixel resolution, ultra low noise, and the highest ultra-soft X-ray QE will enable beamlines to fully utilize their source capabilities for years to come.”