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Adam Dunn Tapped for Operations Manager at Rochester Precision Optics

November 15, 2017

Rochester Precision Optics (RPO) has announced the appointment of Adam Dunn to Operations Program Manager. Reporting to the Vice President of Operations and working closely with RPO’s engineering and design teams, Adam will manage production and procurement operations to champion project completion and ensure customer success.

“Adam’s proven expertise in business development and client acquisition provides the Operations department key subject matter knowledge to ensure our clients receive the exceptional service and timely end design products RPO is known for,” said Randy Shaw, President of RPO.

Having joined the company in 2013 in Business Development, Adam quickly rose to several management positions encompassing RPO’s Consumer Electronics Solutions and international lines of business. Most recently, Adam served as Director of Business Development and Marketing for RPO where he cultivated new lines of business and managed a robust portfolio of client innovation.

In commenting on his new role, Adam remarked that, “this new position affords exciting challenges where I can best utilize my expertise to ensure our Operations department is more in touch with customer needs and expectations, bringing more value to RPO as a whole.”

Adam received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Communications from St. John Fisher College in 2011 and an Associate’s of Liberal Arts in Business from Monroe Community College in 2009.

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

Harvard Thinks It’s Found the Next Einstein — and She’s 23

March 29, 2017

“Though Pasterski herself is a standout, her interest is part of a larger trend of millennials — especially women — graduating with degrees in physics.”

Harvard thinks a female 23-year-old Ph.D. candidate may be the next Einstein.

At age 23, Sabrina Gonzalez Pasterski is already one of the most well-known and accomplished physicists in the U.S.

The Cuban-American Chicago native graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in just three years with a 5.0-grade point average, the highest possible, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Harvard with full academic freedom — meaning she can pursue her own study on her own terms without staff interference.

Pasterski first attracted the attention of the scientific and academic community after single-handedly building her own single-engine airplane in 2008, at age 14, and documenting the process on YouTube.

Source: Harvard Thinks It’s Found the Next Einstein — and She’s 23

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