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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

Light and Sound Interactive, Rochester, 2017

August 7, 2017

Light and Sound Interactive 2017
Co-located with the New York Photonics Annual Meeting

September 12-14
Rochester Riverside Convention Center and Hyatt Regency
Rochester, NY

For businesses:

  •  Showcase products at the Trade Show
  •  Meet perspective employees at the Career Fair
  •  Discover new technologies
  •  Meet potential customers
  •  Meet potential suppliers
  •  Meet with startups
  •  Networking
  •  Enjoy entertainment

For researchers:

  • Learn about featured technologies and new applications both within and outside of their current areas of focus
  • Interact with like-minded faculty from UR and RIT and other Universities to meet and exchange ideas and form new collaborations
  • Interact with future collaborative partners
  • Entertainment and inspiration!

For students:

  • Hot content, good job opportunities.
  •  Learn more about the featured technologies
  •  Both RIT and UR have multiple programs that are directed at some of the
  • featured technologies. For example:
  •  LSI Games track geared towards RIT’s game program
  •  LSI Imaging track geared towards RIT Center for Imaging Science
  •  LSI Music track geared towards UR’s Eastman school and ECE Audio
  • Engineering
  •  LSI Healthcare track geared towards URMC and Biomedical Engineering etc.
  •  Talk with companies and explore career opportunities
  •  Entertainment!
  •  Network with peers, possible employers, etc.

 

Why are light- and sound-technologies of such interest today?

LSI technologies are the fastest growing in the world. They will change the way we interface with computers, access the Internet, entertain ourselves, travel (autonomous vehicles), and interface with the real world and with each other. VR/AR alone is projected to grow from $6 billion in 2016 to over $100 billion in 2020. As another indication, the market capitalization of just four companies that are investing heavily in these technologies (Apple, Google, Facebook, and Amazon) have gained $1.9 trillion in the last nine months, or over 40% of the gain in the entire U.S. stock market. These companies are developing light and sound technologies that will change our world.

Why Rochester?

The Finger Lakes Region, recognized as the nation’s Optics, Photonics & Imaging (OPI) cluster, is world famous for two LSI technologies: imaging and music. Rochester is the Imaging Capital of the World – the birthplace of imaging giants Kodak, Xerox, and Bausch & Lomb – and Rochester is an international center for music, with the world-famous Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester and home to the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival.

LSI brings these together for the first time. Rochester also has two leading universities with schools focused upon OPI: The University of Rochester and the Rochester Institute of Technology. Rochester’s imaging industry is built on it’s optics industry.

The Rochester region has more optics manufacturers than any other region in the U.S. These companies provide optical components to a wide range of light-based technologies, including components to all of the major VR/AR makers in the U.S. All told, between startups, and small, medium, and large companies.

The New York cluster has over 120 firms in the optics, photonics, and imaging industries. Most recently, Rochester became the headquarters for the U.S. Institute for manufacturing integrated photonics, known as AIM Photonics. Finally, the greatest asset Rochester has for the photonics industry is it’s highly educated and experienced workforce. Literally tens of thousands of people have worked in an optics, photonics, or imaging company at some time in their career. OPI companies that choose to locate in Rochester will be close to world class universities, suppliers, and a labor force to support them.

If you are a company, an academic or a student with a passion for OPI, you need to be at Light & Sound Interactive this September.

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.

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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RIT Professor to Co-Chair Ultrafast Optics UFO X International Conference in China

August 17, 2015

Rochester Institute of Technology professor Jie Qiao is the general co-chair of the international conference on Ultrafast Optics UFO X taking place in Beijing, China, from Aug. 16 to 21.

Jie

Ultrafast optics uses short optical pulses that can provide higher intensity than a continuous wave of light. High-energy lasers can weld, cut and polish glass and other materials. The technology enables integrated photonics and integrated optoelectronics—that combine or bond different materials. Ultrafast optics holds the potential to advance additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, and free-form optics that go beyond traditional spherical shapes.

“Optics is the enabling technology right now for cutting-edge research in telecommunication, energy, environmental sensing and optical displays,” said Qiao, associate professor in RIT’s Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science. “Ultrafast lasers can transform the way optical components are being manufactured, leading to a cost-effective, efficient and environmentally friendly solution for fabricating integrated photonics, freeform optics, micro-optics and optoelectronic packaging.”

Global interest in ultrafast optics has increased participation in the 10th international Ultrafast Optics conference that Qiao helped organized. The biennial event is expected to draw 200 scientists from 20 countries. This year marks the first time the conference has been held in China, which has a growing presence in optics research and development.

Qiao’s leadership role in the international conference and her presentation, “Ultrafast polishing of silicon-based materials”—co-authored with RIT imaging science Ph.D. student Lauren Taylor—help put RIT on the map for ultrafast optics research and associated technologies.

Qiao’s Advanced Optical Fabrication, Instrumentation and Metrology Laboratory at RIT’s Center for Imaging Science produces fundamental research on theoretical modeling and experimental demonstrations of ultrafast lasers and materials interaction. Her other lines of research include an optical differentiation wavefront sensor for freeform metrology and phase imaging, and coherent phasing of segmented large-scale gratings for next-generation telescopes or laser systems.

Qiao gained her reputation in the field of ultrafast optics in 2007 with landmark research at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics at the University of Rochester, where she developed an efficient optical system that produced high-energy, picosecond pulses. Qiao used three half-meter segmented gratings—optical components that control the travel path of different wavelengths of light—to compress high-intensity lasers pulses in a segmented optical system that works like a 1.5-meter, continuous system. Her research appeared in the high-impact journals Optics Letters and Optics Express. Qiao’s solution is now standard technology in high-energy laser optics.

ABVI invites developers, manufacturers to talk new tech for visually impaired

May 31, 2014

The Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired is calling on local firms interested in developing the next generation of assistive technologies for the blind and low vision community.

ABVIResearchers and representatives from engineering services firms and manufacturers interested in developing and commercializing these technologies are invited to ABVI’s Low Vision Technology Industry Day on June 12.  Attendees will tour ABVI’s Rehabilitation Center and other facilities, and hear from Dr. Katherine White, OD, ABVI Managing Director of Low Vision Services, about current low-vision technologies and the unmet needs of the more than 25 million Americans who are blind or visually impaired.  The association’s Employment and Adaptive Technology Specialist Chris Frank will also be on hand.

The low-vision community represents a $30 billion marketplace, ABVI estimates, which could be helped by technologies including readers, scanners, magnifiers, video enhancers, audio assistants, sensors and apps. Current assistive technologies are often inadequate, expensive and have limited market penetration.

The Low Vision Technology Industry Day will take place from 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. June 12 at ABVI, 422 Clinton Ave. S.  Lunch will be provided.  Attendance is free of charge but limited.

Register online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/abvi-low-vision-technology-industry-day-registration-11666429605

 

 

New York Photonics Companies Represented 6% of Exhibitors at Photonics West 2014

February 12, 2014

SPIE’s Photonics West, arguably the largest photonics conference in the world at 21,000 attendees this year, had representation among its exhibitors of  roughly 18% of the world’s optic and photonics market.

That market, estimated at roughly $480 Billion by SPIE, is the foundation for technological advances in manufacturing, metrology, nanotechnology, semiconductors, biomedical instruments, consumer electronics, military / defense, lasers, research, automotive, mapping, geospatial imaging, entertainment, unmanned systems and every other industry of the 21st century.PW2014

New York State companies numbered 76 out of the 1,246 exhibitors this year, or 6% of exhibitors from over a dozen nations.

Independent research by University of Rochester’s CEIS says that in New York’s Finger Lakes Region the industry accounts for 75 Companies, 17,000 employees and over $3 Billion in annual sales.  SME’s in the regional OPI industry have enjoyed 5% – 7% annual growth since 2011 and currently employ ~2600 people.

1 in 14 households are supported by wage earners in the region’s OPI industry.

On Wednesday, January 29th, Vice President Joe Biden spoke at MCC and focused on Rochester’s tremendous future in Optics and Photonics.  The next day, Mike Mandina, founder and President of Optimax Systems (Ontario County) joined Biden in Washington DC to discuss the National Skills Coalition with President Barack Obama.