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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.

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RRPC / New York Photonics Annual Meeting

September 11, 2013

240 stakeholders converged at the Rochester Museum and Science Center’s Riedman Gallery on September 10 to interact with industry experts and thought leaders in a conversation about the National Photonics Initiative.npi-horiz-logo

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, representative 25th district, New York cohosted the meeting. Slaughter’s opening remarks emphasized Rochester’s leading role in optics, photonics and imaging for over a century, and the importance of photonics in medicine, energy research, defense and other industries. Slaughter also highlighted that in an industry so important to the 21st century, budget sequestration and threats to research dollars do little to bolster America’s competitive position internationally, but in fact destabilize research projects and the confidence of researchers in critical industries.audience

Steve Anderson, industry and market strategist for SPIE and Tom Hauskin, senior advisor, engineering and applications for the optical Society of America shared information with the full house about state of America’s National Photonics Initiative.

Anderson highlighted the high level and sustained level of government engagement with the photonics industry in nations like Taiwan, Korea, and the European Union, using Photonics 21, the European Union’s multinational strategic photonics roadmap as a perfect example of what America is up against competitively.

The National Photonics Initiative has identified five technical focus areas as critical to America’s competitive position:

  • advanced manufacturing
  • communications and IT
  • defense and national security
  • energy
  • health and medicine

Hauskins presentation focused on a fragmented Photonics ecosystem, highlighting sources and locations of corporate R&D investment. One noteworthy revelation was that only 1 – 3% of corporate revenues go for research and development of novel products while as much as 7% goes to R&D for upgrading and mature products.

With boom era venture-capital financing on the wane and US government R&D spending flat, the president’s Council of advisors on science and technology (PCAST)issued a report in 2011 recommending the increase in R&D budgets for some national agencies, the strengthening of STEM education, and expanding the number of skilled foreign workers that may be employed by US companies.crowd1

The report suggested that America needs a coherent innovation policy.  PCAST also highlighted that next generation optoelectronics, nanoscale carbon materials and nanotechnology enabled medical diagnostics, all photonics enabled technologies, were examples of promising technologies that face potential market failures in the US.

Jennifer Clark’s presentation focused upon policies that bolster economic resilience. She emphasized that the U.S. has no coherent innovation policy, the very least needed to compete with Industrial policies in other countries that have created stiff competition in markets that the U.S. once dominated.

According to Clark, America’s science, technology, and innovation (STI) policy and economic development strategies are spatially disconnected.  Our STI is associated with national-scale agency funding, but economic development is at the state and local scale.  This creates a large role for existing industry stakeholders — established industries, but not emerging industries.

Clark’s policy recommendations vis-a-vis the National Photonics Initiative:

  • Connect national policy-making to regional specializations.
  • Get serious about supporting SMEs.  Invest capital in new products, not just new firms.
  • Construct a distributed national network of innovation & development centers.
  • Include process technologies (testing, certification, standards) Provide information.
  • Invest in a specialized, skilled labor markets

See also RRPC / New York Photonics 2013 Annual Awards and RRPC Election Results

RRPC 2013 Annual Meeting and Golf Tournament

August 6, 2013

The National Photonics Initiative:
What Is Rochester’s Role?

Louise smallCo-hosted with Congresswoman Louise Slaughter
Representative, 25th District, New York

RRPC Annual Meeting

Thursday September 5, 2013
Rochester Museum & Science Center
3:30 – 6:30 PM (3:00 PM registration)
$45 per person
click here to register

Following the release last year of Optics & Photonics: Essential Technologies for Our Nation, the report sponsors and key stakeholders from around the nation convened in Washington DC to highlight the findings of the report with their Washington delegations.

What is emerging is the National Photonics Initiative (NPI).  What will the NPI look like and what are the impacts of such an initiative on you and your business?  On Rochester’s Optics, Photonics & Imaging (OPI) Industry?  For the nation?5headshotsedit

We’ve invited speakers close to the evolution of the NPI,  with access to data and perspectives that will spark interest across a range of constituencies.  We need you there and we want to hear your opinions as well.

Panel and Speakers:

  • Steve Anderson, Industry and Market Strategist for SPIE; former Editor-In-Chief, Laser Focus World.
  • Tom Hausken, Senior Advisor, Engineering and Applications, Optical Society of America; former Director, Strategies Unlimites
  • Jennifer Clark, Associate Professor at the School of Public Policy and Director of the Center for Urban Innovation in the Ivan Allen College at the Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Steve Fantone, Founder and CEO of Optikos Corporation, holds over 60 US Patents in the optics and photonics
  • Duncan Moore, Vice Provost for Entrepreneurship and Professor of Optics, University of Rochester

RRPC Annual Golf Tournament

Friday, September 6, 2013
Ravenwood Golf Center
929 Lynaugh Rd, Victor, NY 14564
click here to register

9:00 AM registration (range opens)
10:00 AM Shotgun Start
Lunch & Cocktail reception
$175 per person / $700 Foursome


On February 21st Senator Chuck Schumer held a news conference at Eastman Business Park in Rochester, NY to promote legislation he is advancing that will create 15 Institutes for Manufacturing Innovation across the US.

Schumer, along with University of Rochester president Joel Seligman and Rochester Institute of Technology president William Dessler,  fervently asserted that one of those hubs needs be optics, photonics and imaging and ought to be in Rochester.

Schumer sees Rochester as a natural hub for advanced development of photonics and optics. “‘Photonics and optics is one of those new, cutting edge areas,’ he said before a phalanx of media, university and optics industry representatives while standing in Eastman Business Park’s Building 319, “and given the Rochester region’s academic expertise and business history in optics,’ Schumer said, ‘We have a real advantage.’”

Representatives of government and the photonics industry convened in Washington, DC on 28 February for a day-long event intended to raise awareness of the role of photonics and plan for its future in the U.S. economy and everyday life.

The event was a followup to the groundbreaking National Academy of Sciences report “Optics & Photonics: Essential Technologies for Our Nation,” released in August 2012 and unveiled in Rochester at last year’s RRPC Annual Meeting in September.

Organized by SPIE in partnership with four other technical organizations, the meeting consisted of two segments: a morning overview of work done by subcommittees and industry sharing their future needs, and afternoon breakout sessions covering the five key optics and photonics sectors — communication, defense, health and medicine, manufacturing, and energy. The event was held to collect input and identify focus areas for a National Photonics Initiative (NPI), a key recommendation of the Optics & Photonics report.

Sponsorships for these events are available!

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Little Known To Industry, Quantum Optics Conference Attracts The Brightest

June 20, 2013

Conferences this week at the University of Rochester have attracted top physicists from about 20 nations — including Serge Haroche of France, winner of last year’s Nobel Prize in physics.

The Tenth Rochester Conference on Coherence and Quantum Optics — a three-day event that concluded Wednesday — was the place to be for scientists wanting to know the latest trends in optics. Beginning in 1960, UR has convened this conference about every six years.

Read the story here.

OptiFab 2013

June 18, 2013

Join your peers at SPIE Optifab 2013,  14-17 October, the largest optical fabrication event in North America and it only happens every other year in Rochester, New York!

At Optifab you’ll find research AND industry – a unique format that lets you gain valuable insight into the optical fabrication market by maximizing interaction between leading international researchers and manufacturers.

There is still time to reserve exhibition space. Don’t miss this international event showcasing optical manufacturing technology, including the high precision machines, tools, materials, instrumentation, optical metrology, testing equipment, optical thin film coatings and processes. Access more than 1,700 attendees — more hands-on optical engineers and technicians than any other exhibition in North America. Contact Teresa Roles-Meier, SPIE Sales, for more information on exhibiting and sponsorships.

Plan to attend – review the advance program, course offerings and online registration.

Experience North America’s premier optical fabrication show!

Are You and Your Company Prepared for Obamacare?

May 28, 2013

Implementation of the Affordable Care Act is just months away. New regulations are coming. Is your company prepared?

In the wake of Health Care Reform:

  • Will you play or pay?
  • Are you subject to penalties?
  • Is your plan affordable?
  • What is your strategy?


Join John Godsoe, attorney with Bond, Shoeneck and King and Kim Olek, Vice President with First Niagara Benefits Consulting as they answer all of these questions and more.

  • Will your company will be subject to the Employer Shared Responsibility Penalty?
  • Is your company a “large employer” under the Affordable Care Act?
  • How are employees counted?
  • How is the penalty calculated?
  • Plan Design and Coverage Mandates
  • Automatic Enrollment
  • Waiting Periods
  • Required benefits and coverage levels
  • New Disclosure Requirements
  • Summary of Benefits and Coverage
  • Employee notices
  • Reporting to the government

What needs to be done now?

About our presenters:

John C. Godsoe – Mr. Godsoe is an Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation attorney at Bond, Schoeneck & King who represents employers in all aspects of employee benefits law and has experience representing a wide range of employers, including public and private sector employers, non-profit organizations and higher education institutions. His practice focuses on assisting employee benefit plan sponsors and fiduciaries in complying with the requirements of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”) and Internal Revenue Code and regularly works on matters involving both retirement plans and welfare plans.

Kimberly A. Olek , Vice President Benefit Consultant, First Niagara – With a background spanning over 20 years with national benefit carriers, Kimberly’s experience ranges from Vice President of Marsh/ Mercer Consulting Group to National Account Manager for ADP and Sales Consultant for Preferred Care / MVP.  Kimberly’s understanding of the benefits industry enables her to offer her clients the most innovative benefit strategies available in the market place today.

CEIS University Technology Showcase – March 26

March 5, 2013

March 26, 2013 | DoubleTree Hotel, Henrietta | 1:00 – 5:00PM

A unique opportunity to learn about some of the innovative applied research being conducted at the University of Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology, and Cornell University. The University Technology Showcase allows industry professionals an exclusive chance to see a snapshot of work being conducted in optics, imaging, and photonics; energy and materials; biomedical technology; and IT being conducted by three of New York’s leading universities. You will be able to discuss with the principal investigators how their work may benefit your company and explore ways for future collaboration and technology transfer. This is the only event of the year where industry can see research from all three of these universities in one location.

The Showcase is free and open to the public.

For a discounted hotel rate, please call 585-475-1510 or go online to and use the code below:
Group Code: EIS
Reservations must be made by March 11, 2013

For more information email Abigail Brengle, call 585.275.2104, or visit