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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. Bruning 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.

After decades of pushing bachelor’s degrees, U.S. needs more tradespeople

August 30, 2017

This comes as no surprise to anyone that makes and builds things.  It has been plain as day in manufacturing and trades for well over two decades.

Now it becomes news.

“California is spending $6 million on a campaign to revive the reputation of vocational education, and $200 million to improve the delivery of it.”

>>Read More Here<<

 

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.

Rochester – Jena Relationship Strengthens with Visit by Thüringen Prime Minister and Delegation

May 16, 2017

Bodo Ramelow, Prime Minister of Thuringia, Germany, and a delegation of scientists and dignitaries visited Rochester on May 14 and 15. The purpose of the visit was to advance the scientific, academic research and business relationship between Rochester and Jena, two “sister cities of light.”

The ‘sister cities’ of Jena and Rochester (USA) have a lot in common: in Jena, as in Rochester, an optics industry has developed since the 19th century together with a strong supplier network. While in Jena the collaboration between Carl Zeiss and Ernst Abbe significantly furthered optics research, soon after in Rochester, local industrialists George Eastman (Eastman Kodak) and Edward Bausch (Bausch & Lomb) founded an optics institute at the university. In fact, Eastman visited Jena at least once in 1911, and must have recognized the city as the center of Europe’s optics industry. Since then there have been many changes. Today, both regions are enormously strong locations for the optics and photonics industry and research.

For more articles about the relationship development search here.

Andreas Tünnerman, Director, Fraunhofer IOF and Bodo Ramelow, Prime Minister of Thuringia

On Monday morning, May 15th, together with the German delegation; Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) president, Kate Bennett and vice president, Dan Menelly, and RMSC board and staff, Prime Minister Ramelow and Andreas Tünnermann, Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Mechanics  donated a laser hologram to the RMSC’s permanent optics exhibit. The hologram displays the skylines of Rochester and Jena, side by side, beneath the words “We Love Photonics.”

The Fraunhofer Institute is recognized as the leading public/privately-funded organization for applied research in Europe (and the West) with an annual budget exceeding $2 billion Euro.

The color-tunable laser projected image celebrates “light-based” relationship of the two cities

The New York Photonics cluster began developing a relationship with Fraunhofer IOF in 2014, while lobbying for the National Photonics Initiative and a national institute for photonics manufacturing. The following year a team led by New York State was awarded $110 million from the Department of Defense as part of the >$620 million AIM Photonics effort for developing America’s manufacturing capacity in integrated photonics.

On Sunday night Prime Minister Ramelow hosted a dinner and reception in Rochester with faculty from University of Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology and Tom Battley, Executive Director of New York Photonics.

 

The delegation and attendees at the RMSC presentation ceremony, bathed in light.

Carl, the Zeiss Star Projector in the Strasenurgh Planetarium, Rochester Museum & Science Center

 

 

New York Photonics is a not-for-profit organization founded to promote and enhance the New York State optics, photonics and imaging industry by fostering the cooperation of business, academia and government.

East High School Precision Optics Manufacturing Lab: Coating Chamber Functional!

December 22, 2016

The East High Optical Fabrication laboratory recently added coating capabilities with a Denton DV-502A coating chamber.14095696_1755989041351249_5795386981671000285_n

Patrick Iulianello,Vice President Operations at Accucoat (Rochester, NY) recently helped East High Precision Optics Manufacturing students with their first aluminum mirror coating efforts on 2″ plano discs (made in the lab).  Accucoat also helped with some custom tooling for the chamber.

Next up: copper coating!

East High School is the only high school in the country with a precision optical manufacturing lab.
The comprehensive laboratory at East High School is the envy of colleges and universities.accucoat-logo
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New Partnership Between the Optics Regions Rochester and Jena

September 12, 2016

The ‘sister cities’ of Jena and Rochester (USA) have a lot in common: Here, as there, an optics industry has developed since the 19th century together with suppliers. While in Jena the collaboration between Carl Zeiss and Ernst Abbe significantly furthered optics research, soon after in Rochester, local industrialists George Eastman (Eastman Kodak) and Edward Bausch (Bausch & Lomb) founded an optics institute at the university. Since then there have been many changes. Today, both regions are enormously strong locations for the optics and photonics industry and research.

The University of Rochester and Friedrich Schiller University Jen sign a Memorandum of Understanding for the ERASMUS program. The event was held in the Welles-Brown Room of Rush Rhees Library on the University of Rochester's River Campus, Rochester, NY, Monday, September 12, 2016. In the front row from left to right: Andrew Berger, Jane Gatewood, Wendi Heinzelman, Walter Rosenthal, Claudia Hillinger, and Tom Brown. In the rear from left to right: Kevin Füchsel and Andreas Tünnermann.

The University of Rochester and Friedrich Schiller University Jena sign a Memorandum of Understanding for the ERASMUS program. The event was held in the Welles-Brown Room of Rush Rhees Library on the University of Rochester’s River Campus, Rochester, NY, Monday, September 12, 2016. In the front row from left to right: Andrew Berger, Jane Gatewood, Wendi Heinzelman, Walter Rosenthal, Claudia Hillinger, and Tom Brown. In the rear from left to right: Kevin Füchsel and Andreas Tünnermann.

Source: New partnership between the optics region Rochester and Jena – Fraunhofer IOF

Rochester’s Alexis Vogt, Honored Among 2016 “40 under 40”

September 9, 2016

On the heels of 2015’s International Year of Light, Rochester, New York is achieving greater recognition for its preeminence in optics, photonics and imaging. Rochester’s 2015 designation as headquarters for AIM Photonics will bring with it a new Test, Assembly & Packaging plant to begin construction in 2017, with new jobs, new technologies and new skill set demands.

It seems fitting that 2016 is the year that the community has chosen to recognize one of Rochester’s “optics shining stars,” Alexis Vogt as one of our “40 under 40.”vogt-pic

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, 2016.

A PhD from the University of Rochester Institute of Optics with a specialized emphasis on polarization engineering, coherence theory and microscopy, Vogt has already achieved career objectives that many people only dream about.

While engaged in her UR studies Vogt had already achieved distinction:

  • Dean’s List 10 of 10 semesters and Tau Beta Pi National Honorary Engineering Society
  • Recipient of 2000 Institute of Optics Faculty Award
  • Recipient of 2001 Undergraduate Teaching Award
  • University of Rochester Trustees’ Alumni Council of the College member 2001 – 2004

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.

In her spare time, she defined “light” and “polarization” for the World Book Encyclopedia, got married and had two children.

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.

“Each day I reflect on how fortunate and blessed I am to have such a wonderful family, and a job that I love in a community I love.” Says Vogt. ” The birthplace of optics in America is Rochester, NY, and to be educating students at Monroe Community College and helping them prepare for a career in optics, photonics and imaging is incredibly rewarding.  The only limit to what they can do is their own ambition.  We have CEOs in Rochester with a 2-year degree from our program.”

“As we move forward and grow our optics program to meet the increasing regional and national optics workforce demands, I want more families to encourage their children to pursue interests in science and physics, especially their daughters.” 

Alexis’ last name, Vogt, has her at the bottom of the list alphabetically, but we think that she belongs at the top!  

We are delighted that she will be a speaker at the New York Photonics Annual meeting in Rochester on October 27th.

>>Awardees Here<<