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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.

Global Women of Light Symposium at the 2016 Frontiers in Optics Conference, OSA’s 100th Annual Meeting

September 29, 2016

To celebrate the OSA’s 100th anniversary, WiSTEE Connect (Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Entrepreneurship) is collaborating with the OSA Foundation to organize an international symposium “Global Women of Light” at the 2016 Frontiers in Optics on 17 October, 2016 in Rochester, NY, US. The program will be hosted at the Hyatt Regency Rochester from 11:00-17:00.

The overall goal of the “Global Women of Light” symposium is to shine light upon women’s careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and entrepreneurship, recruit women across career ranks and disciplines, and build a sustainable community of women in both academia and industry from which career growth, mobility, and leadership opportunities.

Speakers at this extraordinary event:

  • Christine Whitman, Chairwoman of the Board of Trustees of Rochester Institute of Technology.
  • Carmiña Londoño: Program Director for the NSF Engineering Research Centers Program.
  • Elizabeth Rogan: Chief Executive Officer of OSA, The Optical Society.
  • Gisele Benett: Associate Vice President for Research, Faculty Interaction and a Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech.
  • Janet S. Fender: Chief Scientist and Scientific Advisor to the Commander, Air Combat Command USAF.  Past President of OSA, The Optical Society.

WiSTEE Connect (http://www.wisteeconnect.org) is an organization which serves to connect female students, faculty members, scientists, and engineers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Entrepreneurship (STEE) from universities, government labs, and private companies. The vision of WiSTEE Connect is to promote women leadership in STEE and assist women involved in these areas to gain regional and/or global connections and recognition. This organization, started in upstate New York, helps to bridge the gap between science and entrepreneurship while providing a forum though which women in these fields may learn, connect, and lead.

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Webster Man Competes to Build NASA Rovers

May 18, 2015

Webster resident Joseph Serio worked as a gas station attendant in the 1990s, and had no ties to NASA or Mars Rovers.

Now he’s a Monroe Community College optics technology student with 20 years of experience manufacturing optics parts for NASA Mars Rovers with Ontario company Optimax. He’s headed to Texas next week to compete with a team of college students from around the country to build prototype rovers.

Optics is the study of light, and Optimax was commissioned to build lenses for the past three Mars Rovers, or “eyes,” — “any images you’ve seen sent back from Mars comes from what we’ve manufactured,” Serio said.

Serio decided that he wanted a career in the optics field after several years with Optimax. “The career opportunities are endless here … the best thing about it is that every day I keep learning more and more,” he said.

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54th Annual Optics Summer Short Course Series

May 12, 2015

June 1 – June 12, 2015

The Institute of Optics will offer its 54th annual Summer School short-course series next month. This year’s offering will be a mix of a one-week course and two-and-a-half-day courses.

RRPA Grants Available

Full scholarships for our Summer School courses are available through a grant from the US Employee and Training Administration, Department of Labor.  The Rochester Regional Optics, Photonics , and Imaging Cluster Accelerator (RRPA). It provides scholarships to displaced workers who are looking to enter the Optics, Photonics, or Imaging industries and to incumbent workers in any of these fields who are looking to advance their careers.  Priority will be given to displaced and disadvantaged workers and veterans, but all qualified attendees are encouraged to apply.  The scholarships are limited to US citizens.ontact  

Contact Gayle Thompson (gayle@optics.rochester.edu) to apply. 

The Institute of Optics Summer Short Courses

Robert L. McCrory, Director of Laboratory for Laser Energetics, Named University Professor

April 3, 2014

Robert L. McCrory was appointed University Professor in recognition of his contributions to the physics and engineering community, the Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) and to the University in general, at an installation ceremony on April 3.

lo4492McCrory is one of only eight current or retired faculty members who are a University Professor.

http://www.rochester.edu/news/show.php?id=8662

Famed Alumni Pictured on MCC’s Wall Of Fame

December 5, 2013

James Sydor, President and CEO of Sydor Optics.
MCC Class of ’71

Jim Sydor

Erdogan Appointed VP Marketing & Business Development IDEX Optics & Photonics Platform

January 28, 2013

Rochester, NY January 24, 2013

IDEX Optics & Photonics is proud to announce that Dr. Turan Erdogan has been appointed to the position of Vice President of Marketing & Business Development and will oversee all of the customer and product marketing activities for the platform.  Prior to assuming his new role, Dr. Erdogan was the Chief Technology Officer for IOP and was responsible for the optics technology and long-range product development for all of the IDEX Optics & Photonics businesses. Dr. Erdogan will continue his involvement in product development and also focus on important strategic growth initiatives for all of the current companies within IOP. Dr. Erdogan was co-founder and CTO of Semrock in 2000, which was acquired by IDEX in 2008 as the first optics company for the Corporation.

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