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NEW YORK PHOTONICS ANNOUNCES ANNUAL AWARDS

September 20, 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.

Organizations Announce Economic Development Alliance for Optics, Photonics and Imaging

September 5, 2017

“No region in the nation can match our strategic advantage in optics, photonics and imaging industries,” said Thomas Battley, executive director of the New York Photonics Industry Association in a statement. “Now is the time to work together to strategically promote our region and enhance its economic growth. This partnership between GRE and New York Photonics is what is needed now. We are delighted with the prospect of undertaking a marketing effort with GRE.”

“The Greater Rochester NY region is a world leader in optics, photonics and imaging,” said Matt Hurlbutt, GRE interim president and CEO, in a statement. “GRE’s partnership with New York Photonics enhances business development efforts to leverage our region’s strengths with OPI companies across the globe. In turn, the upward trend of attracting and retaining world-class businesses will continue to climb.”

Today the region has over 120 OPI companies that employ approximately 17,000 residents in the region with $3 billion in annual sales, officials said.

The two organizations are expected to share more at the New York Photonics Annual Meeting.

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New York Photonics Golf, Annual Meeting and Light & Sound Interactive

August 10, 2017

New York Photonics Annual Golf Tournament
New York Photonics Annual Meeting
Light & Sound Interactive

All in one week.  All in September.

The 2017  New York Photonics Annual Meeting
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Annual Meeting and Panel: 3:30PM – 5:30PM
Networking Reception: 5:30PM – 7:00PM 

HYATT REGENCY ROCHESTER
Concurrent / Co-located with Light & Sound Interactive
Registration begins at 3:00PM

Speakers and Panelists

 

 

  • Bryce Tennant, Chief Technology Officer, Precision Optical Transceivers
  • Alexis Vogt, Optics Professor, Monroe Community College
  • Sujatha Ramanujan, Director, Luminate, the Photonics Start-up Competition
  • P. Scott Carney, Optics Professor & Director, UR Institute of Optics
  • Tom Battley, Executive Director, New York Photonics

Panel Discussion:
There has been a lot of great news about the Finger Lakes Optics, Photonics and Imaging Industry in the past year.  Companies are growing and business has seen steady growth.  What is the current state of our OPI ecosystem?

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Audience:    RRPC members, Manufacturers, CEO’s and management;  economic development stakeholders; high technology entrepreneurs and service professionals; investment professionals, CPA’s, attorneys, workforce development professionals.

Agenda:
3:00 – 3:30    Sign-in
3:30 – 4:00    Introductory remarks, Annual Awards, New Board Introduction
4:00 – 5:30    Panel Discussion and audience interaction
5:30 – 7:00    Networking / refreshments


Learn more about the New York Photonics Annual Golf Tournament
Ravenwood Golf Center
Monday, September 11th.
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  • Augented Reality, Virtual Reality, Gaming and the Convergence of Light and Sound
  • Innovators, Thought-leaders, Industry-Modifiers and Disruptors
  • New Modes of Multimedia and Performance
  • Hear, Participate, Observe or Blur the Boundaries

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Governor Cuomo Announces Luminate Now Accepting Applications

August 7, 2017

Luminate: The World’s Largest Start-up Accelerator for Optics, Photonics and Imaging Technologies

  • Sujatha Ramanujan named Managing Director
  • Advisory Board of Industry Leaders Named
  • “Finger Lakes Forward” Investment Advances the Region’s Successful Strategic Plan to Grow the Economy and Create New Opportunities

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the application window is open for Luminate NY, the world’s largest business accelerator for startup firms in the optics, photonics and imaging industries, in Rochester. The Luminate NY initiative, which is being administered by High Tech Rochester, is focused on attracting and growing the most promising optics and photonics companies from across the state, the nation, and around the globe. Funding for the $10 million program is being provided through the Finger Lakes Forward Upstate Revitalization Initiative award.

“New York’s strategic investments have positioned Rochester as a global leader in the photonics industry, and through this innovative program, I look forward to supporting the growth of new businesses across the region,” Governor Cuomo said. “By fostering innovation and supporting the growth of new photonics companies, Luminate NY is leveraging the region’s strong economy to continue to move the Finger Lakes forward.”

Applications are now being accepted through September 15 on a rolling acceptance basis. Teams are encouraged to submit applications as early as possible for the best chance of being chosen for the program. Luminate NY applications are available here.

Luminate NY is looking for entrepreneurs interested in solving challenging optics, photonics and imaging problems, including but not limited to: machine vision, inspection, biophotonics, security, surveillance, augmented and virtual reality, and autonomous vehicles. Teams will be competing for one of ten available slots in the first cohort, guaranteeing them a minimum investment of $100,000 and major investments of up to $1 million.

Luminate NY applicants must be incorporated, have a full-time team and should have proven their core technology, preferably having developed a working prototype. Once admitted, companies will receive assistance with capital and a community of resources. Each member will receive a $100,000 initial convertible note investment, with a chance for follow-on funding at the end of the rigorous six month entrepreneurship training program, expected to total $2 million.

Jim Senall, High Tech Rochester President said, “Since announcing this new program just a short while ago, we are amazed by the amount of interest from the industry. We now have a world-class national advisory board in place, and a new Managing Director hired to run the program. We now really look forward to reviewing program applications and selecting our first cohort of teams.”

Additionally, Dr. Sujatha Ramanujan has been hired to serve as Managing Director for the Luminate NY initiative, following a national search for the position. A serial entrepreneur and seasoned executive with 25 years of experience in Clinical Devices and in Consumer Electronics, Dr. Ramanujan has established, developed and grown three start-up businesses in cardiac surgical equipment, optical communications and nano materials. Dr. Ramanujan also holds 28 issued US patents. As a corporate investor for Kodak, Dr. Ramanujan provides guidance to start-ups, M&A strategies for growing businesses, and vetting of technologies to investors. She has also served on investment advisories in the U.S., Canada and Israel.

The Luminate NY Advisory Board is comprised of a who’s who of optics, photonics and imaging industry leaders.  Nearly every one of these people have been speakers at the New York Photonics Annual Meeting in the past ten years as New York Photonics has spearheaded the promotion of the region’s OPI Industry:

  • Eugene Arthurs – CEO SPIE
  • Milton Chang – Managing Director, Incubic Management
  • Stuart Elby – SVP, Data Center Business Group, Infinera
  • Steve Fantone – Founder & President, Optikos Corporation
  • Mike Foley – Managing Director, Artemis Capital Partners, L.P.
  • Don Golini – Founder, QED Technologies
  • Jay Kumler – President, Jenoptik Optical Systems
  • Michael Liehr – CEO AIM Photonics
  • Duncan Moore – Vice Provost for Entrepreneurship at University of Rochester           
  • Ryne Raffaelle – Vice President for Research and Associate Provost at Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Darius Sankey – General Partner, Sway Ventures
  • Jim Senall – President, High Tech Rochester

Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “The Luminate NY accelerator initiative is already attracting innovative optics, photonics and imaging industry leaders and entrepreneurs. By providing them with the support needed to harness their pioneering ideas, we are helping the Finger Lakes region move forward.”

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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.

SYNTEC Optics Completes Facilities Consolidation In Rochester

March 1, 2017

Consolidation creates efficiencies for the innovative 20-year old company and its customers.

Syntec Optics, (video here) a privately-owned advanced polymer optics manufacturing company in Rochester, NY, has announced the completion of its move from three separate facilities in New York State to the City of Rochester.

Syntec Optics (website here) is making American manufacturing globally competitive again. The move enables global customers to now benefit from a vertically integrated supply chain and quicker product development cycles”, said Al Kapoor, owner of Syntec, who appreciates the optics talent Kodak and Bausch & Lomb helped create over many decades in the City of Rochester.syntec-01

Kapoor continues to invest in Syntec Optics, helping the company continue to be an industry pioneer. He founded Syntec Optics and its affiliates immediately after his graduation from Harvard Business School in 1997 and was later able to buyout his outside institutional investors. Syntec’s pioneering plastic optics assemblies and components are used in numerous industries, from defense missiles and night vision goggles, to medical detection of disease, and consumer virtual reality.

Karen Altman, Manager of Business Development for the City of Rochester said, “We are fortunate to have Syntec Optics in Rochester and welcome this consolidation in  the City of Rochester.”

Syntec Optics claims to be North America’s largest polymer optics assembly and opto-mechanical component provider. Renovation and development of a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility more than 85,000 sq. ft. in size, built on over 7 acres of land, allowed co-location of its polymer optics & optics assembly division with its optical mold, diamond turning optics, and optical coating division. Syntec’s affiliated opto-mechanicals division, Wordingham Technologies was also co-located. Offerings from all divisions can now be combined at the same location to make polymer optics assemblies for the full light spectrum.  

“The consolidation has created powerful synergies for our cross-functional talent. This combined capability allows us to quickly assess and solve incredible difficult problems, creatively under one roof” said Steven Polvinen, President of Syntec Optics.

To learn more about this new capability please visit Syntecoptics.com and watch the video, or call Sara Hart at Syntec Optics at 585.464.9336 x101 or 650.616.4229.

Manufacturing Renaissance in Greater Rochester — Greater Rochester Quality Council

March 1, 2017

What will it take to create a manufacturing renaissance in the Greater Rochester area?

According to Willy Shih, it involves strengthening the link between manufacturing and innovation, developing advanced manufacturing operations and the supporting structure, educating and preparing the workforce at all levels, and government support for key initiatives.

The Speaker: Dr. Willy Shihshih
Dr. Willy Shih is Robert & Jane Cizik Professor of Management Practice at Harvard Business School and has 28 years of leadership experience in product development and manufacturing with companies such as IBM, Silicon Graphics and Eastman Kodak. He is a leading voice on industrial competitiveness and has co-authored the recent book Producing Prosperity – Why America Needs a Manufacturing Renaissance.

Panelists
Dr. Shih will be joined by panelists Dr. Grace Wang, President of the SUNY Research Foundation; Ed White, Corporate Outreach Executive for AIM Photonics; Dr. Terry Taber, Chief Technical Officer of Eastman Kodak; Dr. Denis Cormier, Director of RIT’s AMPrint Center; Boris Gragera, CEO of NEST iON; Todd Oldham, Vice President, Economic Development and Innovative Workforce Services, Monroe Community College; and panel moderator, Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Bob Duffy.

Event Date:

  •  Event Date: 3/20/2017
  •  Event Start: 05:15 PM
  •  Event End: 08:00 PM

>>Registration and more information is here<<