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Don’t Miss The Luminate Lightning Round

October 24, 2017


You are invited to the Luminate Lightning Round

Join us as 25 companies compete to win a spot in Luminate, the world’s largest optics, photonics, and imaging accelerator.

Each of  the 10 winning companies will receive admission into the six-month accelerator program starting this January, along with an initial $100K investment and a chance to compete for $2M more in investments that will be announced at Demo Day in June.  This Lightning Round event will host companies from around the world and will feature keynote speaker Paul Singh, noted investor and Entrepreneur.

When: Wednesday, November 8, 4:00-6:30 pm
Where: Hyatt Regency Hotel,
125 East Main St.,  Rochester, NY 14604

Click the link to register for the event.

>>Luminate Lightning Registration<<

Luminate,  administered by High Tech Rochester, is a $10 million program is being funded by Governor Cuomo and the State of New York through the Finger Lakes Forward Upstate Revitalization Initiative award. Click on Governor Cuome announces Luminate for details.

Luminate Lightning Round is also a feature of Rochester Innovation Week presented by High Tech Rochester. In addition to Luminate Lightning Round, Innovation week hosts Paul Singh at the Penthouse, Office Hours with Paul Singh, and Rochester Young Professionals 7th Annual Entrepreneurship Expo. For details and to register for these events, please click on the following link:

>>Rochester Innovation Week<<

 

NEW YORK PHOTONICS ANNOUNCES ANNUAL AWARDS

September 14, 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.

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<<

 

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?

>>Click Here To Learn More or to Register<<

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.
>>Click here<<



Learn more about Light and Sound Interactive

  • 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

 >>Click Here<<


 

Optimax Leaders Will Share Entrepreneurial Insights At Event

February 24, 2017

RocGrowth Candids—a bimonthly gathering of local entrepreneurs to share their lessons learned—will hold an event March 1 featuring Optimax Systems Inc.’s CEO Rick Plympton and President Mike Mandina.

The optics manufacturing firm employs 280 people.

The event, which takes place on Wednesday, March 1st, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Downstairs Cabaret Theatre at 20 Windsor St., is to feature an open interview with Plympton and Mandina, and a question-and-answer session with the duo.

The event is free and open to the public, however, it is limited to the first 100 people to RSVP.

Those interested can register here.

RocGrowth Candids requests a $5 donation to the Downstairs Cabaret Theatre.

OSA Rochester Section / Entrepreneurship in Optics and Photonics: A Panel Discussion

February 24, 2017

OSA Rochester Section

Tuesday, March 7 at 7 PM

Laboratory for Laser Energetics – East Lobby
240 East River Road, Rochester, NY 14623

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The focus is on questions from the audience, which will start after each speaker gives a short introduction on their experience with entrepreneurship.