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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 

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.

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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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

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Fraunhofer and Schiller University Guests: Tomorrow at New York Photonics Networking

September 12, 2016

Join us in RMSC’s Patricia Hale Gallery this Tuesday, September 13th!

What do you know about photonics?  We’ll be handing out the SPIE Photonics Infographics books to attendees.
 As usual, we’ll have a bar and hors d’oeuvres to satisfy your hunger and your thirst!

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Rochester Mini Maker Faire Call for Participants

August 18, 2016

Project submission deadlines are in September.

The Faire will be held at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center on Saturday, November 19th.

Calling all makers, crafters, tinkerers, and artists: the application for the third annual Rochester Mini Maker Faire is now open!

On November 19th  from 9am to 5pm at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center, Rochester celebrates the act of Making with attractions, exhibits, talks, demonstrations, and performances showcasing the intersection of science, technology, arts, and crafts — many of them immersive and interactive.

Rochester Mini Maker Faire attracts a broad array of people and exposes them to technology, art, and engineering. Dan Schneiderman, co-chair of Rochester Mini Maker Faire and NYS representative of the White House Nation of Makers Initiative, says,  “Maker Faire brings everyone together: from kids to grandparents, artists to engineers, professionals to hobbyists. Anyone with a passion for making.”
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June New York Photonics Networking

May 25, 2016

Join us in RMSC’s Strasenburgh Planetarium

  • Learn about the RMSC’s wish list for upgrades to the Strasenburgh Planetarium.
  • Hear the latest from AIM Photonics.
  • Discuss the latest news from UR Institute of Optics and the new RIT Future Photon Initiative.

As usual, we’ll have a bar and hors d’oeuvres to satisfy your hunger and your thirst..


  • 5:00 pm- Registration check-in / networking
  • 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Networking

Second Tuesdays will continue throughout the year, offering informal networking opportunities for our members, our supporters and like-minded individuals who see harnessing the power of light and Rochester’s OPI industry as key to the strength of our region’s future.

New York Photonics dues-paying members use the code MEMBER_YES

Not sure if your company is a New York Photonics Member?  Contact Marilyn Giannoccaro to find out.

Please RSVP by May June 13, 2016.

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International Year of Light kicks off in City of Lights

January 22, 2015

The International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies officially launched today with a two-day opening ceremony at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, with more than 1,000 attendees including international diplomats, Nobel laureates, CEOs, and science and industry leaders from across the globe.

The International Year of Light opening ceremony today at UNESCO headquarters, Paris

The International Year of Light opening ceremony today at UNESCO headquarters, Paris

The opening events highlight the themes of IYL 2015 programs designed to promote improved public and political understanding of the central role of light in the modern world while also celebrating noteworthy anniversaries in 2015 – from the first studies of optics 1,000 years ago to discoveries in optical communications that power the Internet today.

The International Year of light is a global initiative adopted by the United Nations to raise awareness of how optical technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to worldwide challenges in areas such as energy, education, communications, health, and sustainability.

Photographer Paul Reiffer's "Over the Rainbow" won first-place in the SPIE International Year of Light Photo Contest from among a field of nearly 800 entries.

Photographer Paul Reiffer’s “Over the Rainbow” won first-place in the SPIE International Year of Light Photo Contest from among a field of nearly 800 entries.

SPIE, a founding partner of IYL 2015, is promoting the year-long celebration by sponsoring an international photo contest, encouraging participation of those in academia and industry, and providing free downloadable lesson plans and materials for educators to inspire the study of light and light-based technologies.

British photographer Paul Reiffer has been selected from among nearly 800 entries as the winner of  SPIE’s photo contest with his 35-second exposure of Shanghi’s Nanpu Bridge at night. The movement and complexity of the man-made light in the photo was judged to most effectively illustrate the goal of ILY 2015 as well as light in everyday life, the contest theme.

Reiffer, from Weymouth, England, is an award-winning professional photographer whose photography has appeared in numerous international exhibits. His IYL winning image was also selected for the Royal Photographic Society’s International Print Exhibition at the Royal Albert Hall in London where it will be on display from Jan. 16 to Feb. 15.

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Push for National Manufacturing Institute in Optics and Photonics is focus of RRPC Annual Meeting

September 10, 2014

The Rochester region is lighting the way to an exciting new era of collaboration aimed at fueling innovation and manufacturing in the nation’s Optics, Photonics and Imaging Industry.

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter delivers opening remarks at RRPC's Annual Meeting Sept. 4 as RRPC Executive Director Tom Battley looks on.

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter delivers opening remarks at RRPC’s Annual Meeting Sept. 4 as RRPC Executive Director Tom Battley looks on.

At the Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster Annual Meeting held Sept. 4 at the Rochester Museum and Science Center, leaders in business, government and academia called on the more than 200 attendees to join the push for creation of a National Manufacturing Institute (NMI) for Optics and Photonics to be centered in Rochester. The NMI would be part of a National Network for Manufacturing Innovation proposed by President Barack Obama, bringing together the nation’s research and manufacturing sectors in development of new technologies from concept to production, boosting innovation and increasing manufacturing jobs.

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (D-NY 25th), who has led the push in Congress for Rochester’s NMI designation, opened the Annual Meeting by reaffirming her support of the industry.

"Rochester is now leading a national effort," U of R CEIS Deputy Director Dr. Paul Ballentine told the crowd

“Rochester is now leading a national effort,” U of R CEIS Deputy Director Dr. Paul Ballentine told the crowd

“Landing an optics and photonics institute in Rochester would bring new jobs and a public-private joint investment of more than $140 million,” said Congresswoman Slaughter. “We’ve been working on this since 2012, and it’s not a sure bet, but we’re hopeful and continue to work hard to make it a reality.”

Attendees network after the meeting at the Rochester Museum and Science Center

Attendees network after the meeting at the Rochester Museum and Science Center

In June, the U.S. Department of Defense issued a Request for Information from the industry in consideration of a NMI for optics and photonics. The response was overwhelming, generating the most interest of any other industry on the shortlist for consideration.

Slaughter told the crowd that the Photonics Manufacturing and Innovation Consortium will meet in Washington D.C. this week to discuss the design of a possible NMI for photonics. The discussion, she said, “will give key stakeholders in industry, academia and government an opportunity to hear what has been learned so far in extensive discussions with the U.S. photonics  community and to provide feedback.”

The region has already received three major designations under President Obama’s plan to jumpstart U.S. manufacturing, the

State Senator Joseph Robach speaks during the Annual Meeting

State Senator Joseph Robach speaks during the Annual Meeting

most of any other region in the country, and all for optics and photonics.  Most recently, the City of Rochester won an Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership designation for the nine-county Finger Lakes region. The designation by the U.S. Department of Commerce will give the region preferred consideration when applying for a potential $1.3 billion in economic development grants, with particular focus on strengthening next-generation manufacturing and development in the areas of photonics,  optics and imaging.

Rochester is a nationally and internationally recognized leader in optics and photonics education, innovation and manufacturing. The region’s network of educational, research and manufacturing resources include:

  • More than 75 companies involved in optics, photonics and imaging development and manufacturing. They employ roughly 17,000 and account for more than $3 billion in annual sales.
  • Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) – Home to the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science, and the Center for Integrated Manufacturing/Golisano Institute of Sustainability. RIT has more than $11 million in active awards for research in the fields of optics and photonics.
  • University of Rochester – Research in optics and photonics is centered in U of R’s Institute of Optics, Laboratory for Laser Energetics and URnano. The Center for Emerging and Innovative Sciences (CEIS) brings together companies and university researchers who have a common interest and encourages them to collaborate. Scholarships were made available through a grant from the Employee and Training Administration in the U.S. Department of Labor for high-tech job training at U of R and RIT. The ETA grant is part of a multi-agency grant program that promotes advanced manufacturing jobs creation in regions having strong industrial clusters.
  • Monroe Community College – Its Optical System Technology Program develops technicians for the optics and electro optics workforce.

A panel of speakers answered audience questions, mainly centered on the topic of the NMI designation. The panel included:

  • Steve Anderson, Industry and Marketing Strategist for SPIE
  • Paul Ballentine, Deputy Director, CEIS, University of Rochester
  • Susan Christopherson, Professor and Department Chair, Cornell University Department of City and Regional Planning
  • Ryne Rafaelle, Vice President for Research and Associate Provost, RIT
  • Kevin Füchsel, Head of Strategy, Marketing and Coordination at Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering

Also in attendance were New York State Senator Joseph Robach, (R-56th), and New York State Assemblyman Mark Johns (R-135th).

Attendees listen as panelists answer audience questions

Attendees listen as panelists answer audience questions

Dr. Ballentine spoke about the importance of bringing together competitors in business and academia for the common goal of growing the industry nationwide.

“Rochester is leading a national effort now,” he said. “We’re taking the high road and doing what’s right not only for Rochester, but the whole country.”

Other nations have already successfully developed similar manufacturing institutes. Attendees heard from Dr. Füchsel about the history and structure of the Fraunhofer Institute, which is a collaboration between academia, business and government, developing and applying new technologies to marketable products.

“You have to collaborate to get good products. Rochester is a good place to collaborate,” Dr. Füchsel said.

The U.S., followed by Germany, is home to the largest percentage of the 2,748 companies that manufacture and ship core photonics components worldwide, such as LEDs, lasers, detectors, images sensors and optical filters, according to a SPIE market analysis. But American and German companies fall behind Japan when it comes to revenues from these companies, said SPIE’s Anderson. In 2012, Japanese firms accounted for nearly half of the $156 billion in revenues from sales of core components. Anderson said that the vast majority of  U.S. photonics industry is largely made up of smaller firms, which accounts for the discrepancy. It is hoped a NMI for optics and photonics could help boost those revenue numbers in the U.S.

Exciting National and International Light-based Initiatives

July 22, 2014

ROC The International Year of Light!


National Photonics Initiative (NPI)





International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015